This Wednesday, you could feel a higher education buzz under the pink dome. First, during the 8 a.m. House Higher Education committee meeting, HB 971 was voted out of committee and moves forward. HB 971 is written specifically for Dallas County and would allow the Dallas County Community College District to offer a bachelor's degree in early childhood education.
Meanwhile, in the Senate chamber, Senate Higher Education Chairman Kel Seliger's bill, SB 2118, made its way to the floor. Didn't we mention SB 2118 last week? Yes, we even shared an article about what the bill would mean for us. During the Senate floor discussion, state Sen. Royce West, who serves as vice chair of the Higher Education committee and is a member of the Dallas delegation, amended the bill to include early childhood education language. SB 2118 then passed the Senate on a record vote of 26-5. We would like to thank Sen. West for his work on the early childhood language and Sen. Seliger for accepting the amendment and also for his work on the bill. View how Dallas County senators and others from around the state voted.
Sen. Royce West offers an amendment to SB 2118.
The Senate floor vote on SB 2118.
With less than a month left this session, people in Austin are counting down the days to Sine Die. Expect a lot of movement and some stalling related to bills and other business. Now, take out your wireless mouse and start the download. (Or use your touchpad!)
The House has posted a calendar for Saturday, May 6. At our Capitol Update deadline, the Senate had not announced if they would meet that day.
Listed below are bills of importance to DCCCD. We track these and other bills that may have an impact on our district during the legislative session. You can view those House and Senate bills by visiting our site.
Interested in learning more about other bills? Visit our legislative bill tracker to learn the status of several bills. As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions.
No words can describe what students, faculty, staff and the general community have been feeling over the past 10 months since the Dallas shooting last July. On Wednesday, medical staff members who assisted the injured during the July 7 attack were recognized by the House and Senate. Within several hours, the news about a shooting at North Lake College made its way to Austin and the state's legislators. Chancellor Joe May released a statement to the DCCCD family and our community; here's an excerpt from his comments:
On behalf of the entire district, I want to express our grief and sadness to the North Lake College family. We are working with the Irving Police Department on this investigation, and we thank them for their assistance, along with our North Lake police officers for their immediate response. Now we must move forward as a community to console each other and to help one another during this difficult time.
Please keep our North Lake family in your thoughts and prayers.
The Texas House held a moment of silence after hearing about the shooting at North Lake College. (Photo Courtesy of NBC 5)