Bill Text: TX HB30 | 2017 | 85th Legislature 1st Special Session | Enrolled


Bill Title: Relating to the transfer of certain appropriations to the Texas Education Agency and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the adjustment of appropriations for public school finance.

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 8-4)

Status: (Passed) 2017-08-16 - Effective immediately [HB30 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB30-Enrolled.html
 
 
  H.B. No. 30
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
 
 
  relating to the transfer of certain appropriations to the Texas
  Education Agency and the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and the
  adjustment of appropriations for public school finance.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  (a) The amount of $351,000,000 of the
  unencumbered appropriations from the general revenue fund for the
  state fiscal biennium ending August 31, 2019, made by S.B. 1, Acts
  of the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017 (the General
  Appropriations Act), to the Health and Human Services Commission is
  transferred to the Texas Education Agency to be used by the agency
  during that state fiscal biennium as follows:
               (1)  $150,000,000 is allocated to fund financial
  hardship grants under Subchapter H, Chapter 42, Education Code, as
  added by H.B. 21, Acts of the 85th Legislature, 1st Called Session,
  2017, or similar legislation that enacts a new hardship grant
  program for the benefit of school districts that would otherwise
  experience a significant loss of revenue during the 2017-2018 or
  2018-2019 school year;
               (2)  $60,000,000 is allocated to fund payments to
  open-enrollment charter schools under Section 12.106(d), Education
  Code, as added by H.B. 21, Acts of the 85th Legislature, 1st Called
  Session, 2017, or similar legislation that provides for funding to
  open-enrollment charter schools for instructional facilities;
               (3)  $60,000,000 is allocated for the existing debt
  allotment under Section 46.032, Education Code, as amended by H.B.
  21, Acts of the 85th Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2017, or
  similar legislation that increases the level of funding under that
  allotment;
               (4)  $41,000,000 is allocated for the small-sized
  district adjustment under Section 42.103, Education Code, as
  amended by H.B. 21, Acts of the 85th Legislature, 1st Called
  Session, 2017, or similar legislation that addresses the
  entitlement under that adjustment for certain school districts that
  contain less than 300 square miles;
               (5)  $20,000,000 is allocated to be used to award
  grants authorized under Section 29.026, Education Code, as added by
  H.B. 21, Acts of the 85th Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2017, or
  similar legislation that enacts a program to award grants to school
  districts and open-enrollment charter schools that provide
  innovative services to students with autism; and
               (6)  $20,000,000 is allocated to be used to award
  grants authorized under Section 29.027, Education Code, as added by
  H.B. 21, Acts of the 85th Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2017, or
  similar legislation that enacts a program to award grants to school
  districts and open-enrollment charter schools that provide
  innovative services to students with dyslexia.
         (b)  The Health and Human Services Commission shall identify
  the strategies and objectives out of which the transfer under
  Subsection (a) of this section is to be made.  If the commission
  makes the amount of appropriations transferred under Subsection (a)
  of this section available by delaying until the state fiscal
  biennium beginning September 1, 2019, the monthly capitation
  payments otherwise due in August 2019 to managed care organizations
  that contract with the commission to provide health care services
  to Medicaid recipients, the commission shall make the delayed
  payments as soon as possible out of available money appropriated to
  the commission for that state fiscal biennium.
         (c)  Notwithstanding the sum-certain appropriations
  specified in Rider 3, Chapter 605 (S.B. 1), Acts of the 85th
  Legislature, Regular Session, 2017 (the General Appropriations
  Act), to the bill pattern of the appropriations to the Texas
  Education Agency, the Legislative Budget Board shall determine the
  sum-certain appropriation to the Foundation School Program for each
  year of the state fiscal biennium beginning September 1, 2017,
  based on the amount specified in that rider, the other provisions of
  the General Appropriations Act, and other law, including the
  provisions of this Act.
         (d)  If H.B. 21, Acts of the 85th Legislature, 1st Called
  Session, 2017, or another similar Act that addresses additional
  funding under the public school finance system for the components
  described in Subsection (a) of this section also transfers and
  allocates to those components the amount of unencumbered
  appropriations in the manner provided by that subsection, the
  transfer and allocation under Subsection (a) of this section does
  not occur.
         SECTION 2.  (a) The amount of $212,000,000 of the
  unencumbered appropriations from the general revenue fund for the
  state fiscal biennium ending August 31, 2019, made by S.B. 1, Acts
  of the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017 (the General
  Appropriations Act), to the Health and Human Services Commission is
  transferred to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and may be
  used by the retirement system during that state fiscal biennium to
  increase school districts' recruitment and retention of school
  teachers and provide support to participants in the Texas Public
  School Employees Group Insurance Program authorized by Chapter
  1575, Insurance Code. The Health and Human Services Commission
  shall identify the strategies and objectives out of which the
  transfer is to be made.
         (b)  The Teacher Retirement System of Texas may use the money
  transferred under Subsection (a) of this section to:
               (1)  decrease the premiums and deductibles that would
  otherwise be paid during the 2018 and 2019 plan years by
  participants in the Texas Public School Employees Group Insurance
  Program authorized by Chapter 1575, Insurance Code; and
               (2)  reduce costs for an enrolled adult child with a
  mental disability or a physical incapacity during the 2018 and 2019
  plan years.
         (c)  The Teacher Retirement System of Texas shall determine
  the most efficient allocation of the money transferred under
  Subsection (a) of this section to achieve the maximum benefit for
  participants in the program.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect only if the 85th
  Legislature, 1st Called Session, 2017, enacts H.B. 21 or another
  similar Act that addresses additional funding under the public
  school finance system for the components described in Section 1 of
  this Act and H.B. 21 or that similar Act becomes law.  If H.B. 21 or
  another similar Act described by this section does not become law,
  this Act has no effect.
         SECTION 4.  Except as otherwise provided by this Act:
               (1)  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; and
               (2)  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.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 30 was passed by the House on August
  7, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 131, Nays 13, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 30 on August 15, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 118, Nays
  24, 1 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 30 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on August 15, 2017, by the following vote:  Yeas 26,
  Nays 5.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor       
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