Legislative Session: 85(R)

Senate Bill 7

Senate Author:  Bettencourt et al.

Effective:  9-1-17

House Sponsor:  King, Ken et al.

            Senate Bill 7 amends the Code of Criminal Procedure, Education Code, Government Code, and Penal Code to expand the conduct that constitutes the offense of improper relationship between educator and student and to expand certain reporting requirements for educator misconduct. The bill establishes civil and criminal penalties, as applicable, for a superintendent, principal, or director of a school district, district of innovation, open-enrollment charter school, regional education service center, or shared services arrangement who fails to make a required report. The bill makes a person who is a member or an annuitant of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) and is or was an employee of the public school system ineligible to receive a service retirement annuity from TRS if the person is convicted of certain offenses involving improper sexual relations with a student.