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Library-Related Legislation

Full text of these bills can be found on the Texas Legislature Online site.

Access/Broadband

HB 5 by Ashby relating to the expansion of broadband services to certain areas (priority bill for state leadership). Passed and sent to Governor.

HB 258 by Bernal relating to certain contracting requirements for the provision of broadband Internet access service to governmental entities. (net neutrality) Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 425 by King, Ken relating to the use of the universal service fund for the provision of broadband service in underserved rural areas. Passed by House State Affairs Committee. Considered in  Calendars committee.

SB 5 by Nichols relating to the expansion of broadband services to certain areas (priority bill for state leadership). Passed by the Senate, referred to House State Affairs Committee.

SB 154 by Perry relating to the creation of the broadband office within the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the establishment of a broadband service investment grant program. Referred to Transportation Committee.

Education

HB 220 by Bernal relating to establishing resource campuses to improve a public school campus not performing satisfactorily. Passed by House Public Education Committee, sent to Calendars committee.

HB 1027 by Parker relating to the disclosure of certain information regarding textbooks and learning content management systems by certain institutions of higher education. Passed and signed by the Governor.

HB  1707 by Howard Relating to certain automatic charges for instructional materials assessed to students enrolled at a public institution of higher education. Left pending in Higher Education committee.

HB 1206 by Guillen relating to permissible uses of the instructional materials and technology allotment. Passed by the House, referred to Senate Education Committee.

HB 1811 by Swanson relating to the purchase of online library resources for primary and secondary schools by the Texas State Library & Archives Commission. Referred to Culture, Recreation & Tourism committee.

SB 78 by Miles relating to a notification requirement if a public school, including an open-enrollment charter school, does not have a nurse, school counselor, or librarian assigned to the school during all instructional hours. Referred to Education committee

SB 193 by Powell relating to an audit by the Texas Education Agency of public school professional development training requirements.  Referred to Education Committee.

SB 1092 by Creighton relating to the disclosure of certain information regarding textbooks and learning content management systems by certain institutions of higher education. Passed by the Senate, passed by the House Higher Education Committee and referred to Local and Consent Calendars committee.

SB 1231 by Taylor relating to certain automatic charges for instructional materials assessed to students enrolled at a public institution of higher education. Pending in Higher Education Committee.

Other bills

HB 280 by Cortez relating to an action plan to expand telemedicine medical services and telehealth services and increase access to critical medical care and health care services in this state. Referred to Public Health Committee.

HB 1381 by Longoria relating to the award of library construction grants by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Passed by Culture, Recreation & Tourism committee. Placed on General State Calendar but not considered.

HB 749 by Middleton relating to the use by a political subdivision of public funds for lobbying activities. Left pending in State Affairs Committee.

HB 4251 by Toth relating to public libraries as voter registration agencies. Passed by House Elections Committee, sent to Calendars Committee.

SB 1340 by Buckingham relating to voter qualification and registration; includes a section which exempts public libraries from some of the duties required of voter registration agencies.  Passed by Senate, left pending in House Elections Committee.

 

 

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