Bill Text: TX HB200 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the creation of a commission to recommend improvements to the public school finance system.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-08-01 - Left pending in committee [HB200 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB200-Introduced.html
  85S10759 KJE-F
 
  By: González of El Paso H.B. No. 200
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the creation of a commission to recommend improvements
  to the public school finance system.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Chapter 42, Education Code, is amended by adding
  Subchapter L to read as follows:
  SUBCHAPTER L. TEXAS COMMISSION ON PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCE
         Sec. 42.601.  DEFINITION. In this subchapter, "commission"
  means the Texas Commission on Public School Finance.
         Sec. 42.602.  TEXAS COMMISSION ON PUBLIC SCHOOL FINANCE.
  (a) The Texas Commission on Public School Finance is established to
  develop and make recommendations for improvements to the public
  school finance system.
         (b)  The commission is composed of 18 members, consisting of
  the following:
               (1)  three members appointed by the governor;
               (2)  five members appointed by the lieutenant governor;
               (3)  five members appointed by the speaker of the house
  of representatives;
               (4)  the chair of the senate committee on education, or
  a representative designated by the chair;
               (5)  the chair of the senate committee on finance, or a
  representative designated by the chair;
               (6)  the chair of the house of representatives
  committee on public education, or a representative designated by
  the chair;
               (7)  the chair of the house of representatives
  committee on appropriations, or a representative designated by the
  chair; and
               (8)  a member of the State Board of Education, as
  designated by the chair of that board.
         (c)  In making appointments under Subsections (b)(1), (2),
  and (3), the governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the
  house of representatives shall coordinate to ensure that the
  membership of the commission reflects, to the extent possible, the
  ethnic and geographic diversity of this state and includes at least
  one of each of the following representatives:
               (1)  an administrator in the public school system;
               (2)  an elected member of the board of trustees of a
  school district;
               (3)  a public school teacher;
               (4)  a parent of a child enrolled in a public school;
               (5)  a person specializing in special education;
               (6)  a person specializing in bilingual education;
               (7)  a person specializing in career and technology
  education;
               (8)  a member of the higher education community;
               (9)  a member of the business community; and
               (10)  a member of the civic community.
         Sec. 42.603.  PRESIDING OFFICER. The members of the
  commission shall elect the presiding officer by a majority vote.
         Sec. 42.604.  COMPENSATION AND REIMBURSEMENT. A member of
  the commission is not entitled to compensation for service on the
  commission but is entitled to reimbursement for actual and
  necessary expenses incurred in performing commission duties.
         Sec. 42.605.  ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT AND FUNDING. (a)
  Staff members of the agency and staff members of the Legislative
  Budget Board shall provide administrative support for the
  commission.
         (b)  Funding for the administrative and operational expenses
  of the commission shall be provided by appropriation to the agency
  and to the Legislative Budget Board for that purpose.
         Sec. 42.606.  RECOMMENDATIONS. (a) The commission shall
  develop recommendations under this subchapter to address issues
  related to the public school finance system, including:
               (1)  the purpose of the public school finance system
  and the relationship between state and local funding in that
  system;
               (2)  the appropriate levels of local maintenance and
  operations and interest and sinking fund tax effort necessary to
  implement a public school finance system that complies with the
  requirements under the Texas Constitution;
               (3)  the appropriate levels of instructional
  facilities funding; and
               (4)  policy changes to the public school finance system
  necessary to adjust for inflation, economic conditions, student
  demographics, and the geographic diversity in the state.
         (b)  The commission may establish one or more working groups
  composed of not more than five members of the commission to study,
  discuss, and address specific policy issues and recommendations to
  refer to the commission for consideration.
         Sec. 42.607.  REPORT. Not later than December 31, 2018, the
  commission shall prepare and deliver a report to the governor and
  the legislature that recommends statutory changes to improve the
  public school finance system, including any adjustments to funding
  to account for student demographics.
         Sec. 42.608.  PUBLIC MEETINGS AND PUBLIC INFORMATION. (a)
  The commission shall hold public meetings as needed to fulfill its
  duties under this subchapter.
         (b)  The commission shall make publicly accessible without
  charge:
               (1)  live Internet video of all public meetings the
  commission holds; and
               (2)  through the Internet, not later than 24 hours
  after each meeting the commission holds, a video recording or other
  electronic visual and audio recording of the meeting.
         (c)  The commission is subject to Chapters 551 and 552,
  Government Code.
         Sec. 42.609.  COMMISSION ABOLISHED; EXPIRATION OF
  SUBCHAPTER. (a) The commission is abolished January 8, 2019.
         (b)  This subchapter expires January 8, 2019.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect on the 91st day after the last day of the
  legislative session.
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