1-1  By:  Goolsby, et al. (Senate Sponsor - Cain)           H.B. No. 815
    1-2        (In the Senate - Received from the House March 16, 1995;
    1-3  March 20, 1995, read first time and referred to Committee on
    1-4  Education; April 19, 1995, reported adversely, with favorable
    1-5  Committee Substitute by the following vote:  Yeas 9, Nays 0;
    1-6  April 19, 1995, sent to printer.)
    1-7  COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR H.B. No. 815               By:  Armbrister
    1-8                         A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
    1-9                                AN ACT
   1-10  relating to certain fees charged by certain public institutions of
   1-11  higher education.
   1-13        SECTION 1.  Subchapter E, Chapter 54, Education Code, is
   1-14  amended by adding Section 54.544 to read as follows:
   1-16  TEXAS AT DALLAS.  (a)  The board of regents of The University of
   1-17  Texas System may charge each student enrolled at The University of
   1-18  Texas at Dallas a recreational facility fee to finance, construct,
   1-19  equip, operate, maintain, or improve student recreational
   1-20  facilities or programs at the university.
   1-21        (b)  A recreational facility fee may not exceed:
   1-22              (1)  $40 for each student for a semester of the regular
   1-23  term or a 12-week summer session; and
   1-24              (2)  $26.67 for each student for an eight-week summer
   1-25  session.
   1-26        (b-1)  Before the fall semester of 1998, a recreational
   1-27  facility fee may not exceed:
   1-28              (1)  $25 for each student for a semester of the regular
   1-29  term or a 12-week summer session; and
   1-30              (2)  $16.67 for each student for an eight-week summer
   1-31  session.
   1-32        (b-2)  Subsection (b-1) and this subsection expire January 1,
   1-33  1999.
   1-34        (c)  A recreational facility fee may not be charged or
   1-35  increased unless charging or increasing the fee is approved by a
   1-36  majority vote of the students participating in a general student
   1-37  election called for that purpose.
   1-38        (d)  The board of regents shall collect a fee charged under
   1-39  this section and deposit the fee in an account known as the
   1-40  recreational facility account.
   1-41        (e)  The board of regents may pledge a fee charged under this
   1-42  section to pay an obligation issued under the revenue financing
   1-43  system of The University of Texas System.
   1-44        (f)  A fee charged under this section may not be counted in
   1-45  determining the maximum amount of student services fees that may be
   1-46  charged under Section 54.503(b).
   1-47        SECTION 2.  Sections 54.538(a), (b), and (c), Education Code,
   1-48  are amended to read as follows:
   1-49        (a)  If approved by student vote at a system institution, the
   1-50  Board of Regents, Texas State University System, may charge each
   1-51  student enrolled at such institution a recreational sports fee not
   1-52  to exceed $50 <$35> per semester or 10-week summer session or $25
   1-53  <$17.50> per five-week summer session.  The fee may be used to
   1-54  purchase equipment for and to construct, operate, and maintain
   1-55  recreational sports facilities and programs at the designated
   1-56  institution <university>.
   1-57        (b)  The recreation fee authorized by this section may not be
   1-58  <levied or> increased more than 10 percent from one academic year
   1-59  to the next unless the <levy of the fee or the> increase has been
   1-60  approved by a majority vote of those students at the affected
   1-61  institution participating in a general student election called for
   1-62  that purpose.  The fee may not exceed the amounts provided by
   1-63  Subsection (a).
   1-64        (c)  Each system institution <university> shall collect any
   1-65  student recreational sports fee imposed under this section and
   1-66  shall deposit the money collected in an account to be known as the
   1-67  student recreational sports account.
   1-68        SECTION 3.  This Act applies beginning with the fall semester
    2-1  of 1995.
    2-2        SECTION 4.  The importance of this legislation and the
    2-3  crowded condition of the calendars in both houses create an
    2-4  emergency and an imperative public necessity that the
    2-5  constitutional rule requiring bills to be read on three several
    2-6  days in each house be suspended, and this rule is hereby suspended,
    2-7  and that this Act take effect and be in force from and after its
    2-8  passage, and it is so enacted.
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