Office of House Bill AnalysisS.B. 940
By: Bivins
Higher Education


Currently, economically disadvantaged students are underrepresented in
Texas medical schools.  Senate Bill 940 establishes the Joint Admission
Medical Program to assist certain economically disadvantaged students in
preparing for and succeeding in medical school. 


It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that this bill does
not expressly delegate any additional rulemaking authority to a state
officer, department, agency, or institution. 


Senate Bill 940 amends the Education Code to establish the Joint Admission
Medical Program (program) to provide services to support and encourage
highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students pursuing a medical
education, award undergraduate and graduate scholarships and summer
stipends to those students, and guarantee the admission of those students
to at least one participating medical school (Sec. 51.822).   

The bill requires the participating medical schools to jointly establish
the Joint Admission Medical Program Council (council) to administer the
program.  The bill sets forth provisions regarding council composition
requirements, council duties, and delegation of the council's
administrative functions (Secs. 51.823 51.825).   The bill establishes
eligibility requirements for the admission of undergraduate students to the
program and for the continued participation of those students in the
program (Secs. 51.826 and 51.827). The bill requires the council to select
students for admission to the program and to match those students with
internship programs, mentoring programs, and participating medical schools
(Sec. 51.824). 

The bill sets forth provisions regarding council agreements with students
admitted to the program, participating medical schools, general academic
teaching institutions, and private or independent institutions of higher
education (Secs. 51.828 - 51.831).  The bill also sets forth provisions
regarding the admission of nontraditional students into the program (Sec.

S.B. 940 requires the council to deliver a report on the program to the
governor, lieutenant governor, and speaker of the house of representatives
not later than December 31 of each even-numbered year and sets forth
provisions regarding the contents of the report (Sec. 51.834).  The bill
authorizes the council to solicit and accept gifts and grants from any
public or private source for the program, and authorizes the legislature to
appropriate money for the program (Sec. 51.833).   The bill specifies that
the council is required to implement the provisions of the bill only if the
legislature appropriates money specifically for that purpose. If the money
is not appropriated by the legislature, the bill authorizes the council to
implement the provisions of the bill using other available appropriations. 


On passage, or if the Act does not receive the necessary vote, the Act
takes effect September 1, 2001.