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Special Session Bill Tracking

The bills listed in the tables below will be considered during the special session of the 85th Texas Legislature. The bills could impact education, healthcare, and voting for people with disabilities in Texas.

Education Bills

Education Bills - Updated August 7, 2017
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 21Dan HubertyRelating to the public school finance system.
no datano dataRemarks: Would make adjustments to funding public and open enrollment charter schools increasing the allotment formula base for general education students by $375 per student in average daily attendance; increasing the allotment for each student with dyslexia or a related disorder by at least a 0.1 multiple with a cap of not more than five percent of a district’s students in average daily attendance; and other means, including through a discretionary hardship grant program; and transportation including funding bus transportation for the School for the Deaf; adding financial penalties for schools districts that do not follow bus safety standards.
no datano dataLast Action: 07/26/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
HB 23Dan HubertyRelating to a grant program to fund innovative programs for public school students with autism.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require TEA to award 10 grants not exceeding $20 million during the 2018-19 biennium to public schools, including charter schools, to provide evidence-based and segregated services to students with autism - ages 3-9. A report with legislative recommendations about replication would be required by December 31, 2021.
no datano dataLast Action: 07/26/2017 H Committee report sent to Calendars
HB 52Ron SimmonsRelating to the establishment of an individualized education plan account program for certain children with disabilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would create an education savings account (ESA) program for children with disabilities in which an education plan referred to as an “IEP” would be required in non-public schools. The term "IEP" is from the Individual with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) but IDEA does not apply in non-public school settings. Students with disabilities would receive 90 percent of the per capita amount otherwise allocated for services provided in public schools. The program would be funded through an educational expense assistance program which would provide tax credits for insurance companies that contribute. The educational expense assistance program is described in HB 58, also by Simmons.
no datano dataLast Action: 07/20/2017 H Referred to Public Education
HB 151Lance GoodenRelating to a study regarding the costs of educating educationally disadvantaged students and students of limited English proficiency in public schools.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require TEA to submit a study to legislative committees with jurisdiction over primary and secondary education about whether there is adequate funding to educate students who are economically disadvantaged and students with limited English proficiency. If the report finds the funding inadequate it must also estimate the amount of funding needed. Study due by September 1, 2018.
no datano dataLast Action: 07/25/2017 H Left pending in committee
HB 191Phil KingRelating to the creation of a commission to recommend improvements to the public school finance system.
no datano dataRemarks: Would create a 13-member commission to make recommendations on the relationship between state and local funding of the system; maintenance and operations consistent with the Texas Constitution; and policy changes to take into account demographics and geographic diversity. Recommendations for statutory changes would be made to the governor and legislature not later than December 31, 2018.
no datano dataLast Action: 08/01/2017 H Left pending in committee
HB 198Travis ClardyRelating to an average pay increase for public school classroom teachers, the creation of certain teacher designations, and a teacher quality allotment under the Foundation School Program; authorizing the imposition of a fee.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require school districts and open enrollment charter schools to participate in a plan to pay teachers at least $1,000 more than the average teacher pay for their district or school, as calculated on a two-year cycle, with a cap of $51,000. With certain exceptions, the Texas Education Agency commissioner would be required to collect the amount of the required pay increase from noncompliant districts and charter schools. Would set out a process for awarding teacher designations of accomplished (limited to 10 years), distinguished (5 years), and master (5 years). The school district or open enrollment charter school would receive additional funding for each teacher it employs who has a special designation.
no datano dataLast Action: 08/01/2017 H Left pending in committee
SB 2Larry TaylorRelating to public school finance, including the establishment of a tax credit scholarship and educational expense assistance program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would make $150 million available over biennium to school districts losing money relative to school finance laws effective Juanuary 1, 2017, and whose expenditures per student are below 110% of statewide average. An additional $120 million would be available in FY 2019, split between charter schools and Existing Debt Allotment. Beginning in 2018-2019 school year, would establish vouchers for up to $10,000 annually for private school for students with disabilities protected under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act and/or Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, and educational expense assistance up to $500 annually for public school students with disabilities. Students using vouchers for private education would be required to give up IDEA protections. Accountability measures would include accreditation of private schools, nationally norm-referenced assessment, and auditing. Program would be capped at $75 million per year in revenue from insurance companies which would receive a tax credit of up to 50% of annual premium tax liability. Would be paide for by transferring funds to TEA from HHSC, increasing the structural deficit going into the 2019 legislative session. Would be administered by comptroller
no datano dataLast Action:08/04/2017 H Reported favorably as substituted
SB 19Jane NelsonRelating to bonuses and salaries for public school classroom teachers and state assistance for the Texas Public School Employees Group Insurance Program.
no datano dataRemarks: Would give classroom teachers $600-1,000 bonuses beginning September 2018 amounting up to $93M and based on years of service. Beginning in FY 20, would draw on $750 million biennially to give every district $1,000 for every teacher to use for pay raises as determined by local boards of trustees. An additional $212 million would be appropriated for the benefit of retired teachers to reduce medically based expenses. Would transfer $386 million to TEA and $120 milllion to TRS from HHSC through the deferral of payments to managed care organizations from August to September 2019. Would increase structurall deficit going into the 2019 legislative session.
no datano dataLast Action: 08/02/2017 H Referred to Appropriations

Healthcare Bills

Healthcare Bills - Updated August 7, 2017
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 12Greg BonnenRelating to general procedures and requirements for do-not-resuscitate orders.
no datano dataRemarks: Would require do-not-resuscitate (DNR) rules for use in facilities (e.g., hospitals, nursing homes, hospice, assisted living facility). Does not apply to out-of-hospital DNR orders governed elsewhere. Describes a valid order, notice, when order takes effect, and requires information on rights to decision-maker.
no datano dataLast Action: 08/03/2017 H Left pending in committee
HB 25Sarah DavisRelating to reimbursement rates for Medicaid acute care therapy services; making an appropriation.
no datano dataRemarks: Would provide about $70 million from the Rainy Day Fund to increase acute therapy rates in the upcoming 2018-2019 biennium.
no datano dataLast Action: 08/04/2017 H Reported engrossed

Voting Bill

Voting Bill - Updated August 7, 2017
BILLAUTHORDESCRIPTION, REMARKS, LAST ACTION
HB 89Gina HinojosaRelating to early voting by certain persons who are caretakers of persons with certain disabilities.
no datano dataRemarks: Would create access to an early voting process for permanent caregivers of persons with disabilities that requires a unique affidavit developed by the secretary of state in order to qualify to vote by mail. The secretary of state would promulgate rules.
no datano dataLast Action: 07/20/2017 H Referred to Elections

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