By: Thompson of Harris H.B. No. 2000
  relating to career schools and colleges.
         SECTION 1.  Section 132.001, Education Code, is amended by
  adding subsection (16) to read as follows:
         (16)  "Primary campus" means, for educational institutions
  that are owned and operated by the same person, the school or
  institution designated by the owner as the main or principal campus
  for other such schools or institutions.
         SECTION 2.  Section 132.002, Education Code, is amended by
  amending subsection (g) and adding subsections (h), (i), and (j) to
  read as follows:
         (g)  Except as provided in subsection (h), an [An
  institution of higher education or a private or independent
  institution of higher education, as defined by Section 61.003, that
  was exempt from regulation under this chapter before September 1,
  2003, remains exempt from regulation under this chapter and is not
  required to comply with this section.
         (h)  A school or educational institution that currently
  participates or intends to participate in the Title IV financial
  aid programs authorized by the federal Higher Education Act of
  1965, as amended, may not be exempted by this chapter by the
  commission under subsection (a)(2) unless the school or institution
  demonstrates to the commission that:
               (1)  either:
                     (i)  the school or institution is accredited by
  one or more accrediting agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary
  of Education; or
                     (ii)  the school or institution, or the primary
  campus for the school or institution, has been continuously in
  operation for at least 20 years, notwithstanding the amount of time
  the current owner has owned that school or institution; or
               (2)  the school or institution is owned, controlled,
  operated, and maintained by a religious organization lawfully
  operating as a nonprofit religious corporation and awards only
  religious degrees or certificates including, but not limited to, a
  certificate of Talmudic studies, an associate of Biblical studies,
  a master of divinity, or a doctor of divinity.
         (i)  A school or educational institution may demonstrate to
  the commission its compliance with subsection (h) by the
  application process under subsection (d) or, if the most recent
  declaration by the commission that the school or institution is
  exempt from regulation under this chapter occurred prior to June
  30, 2013, by submission of an affidavit from the owner.
         (j)  For any school or educational institution that is both
  exempt from regulation under subsection (a)(2) and in compliance
  with subsection (h)(1), the consumer protection division of the
  attorney general's office shall have a process to review and act on
  complaints by students of the school or institution relating to
  consumer protection against fraudulent or abusive practices by the
  school or institution.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.