COMMITTEE:    Higher Education 

TIME & DATE:  8:00 AM, Thursday, April 15, 2021 

PLACE:       JHR 120 
CHAIR:       Rep. Jim Murphy 


The committee will hear the following bills:


HB 981         Dutton                                                
Relating to a study by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the feasibility of establishing a divinity program at Texas Southern University.

HB 1530        Murphy                                                
Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at certain public institutions of higher education.

HB 3003        Parker | et al.                                        
Relating to the establishment of the Texas Reskilling and Upskilling through Education (TRUE) Initiative to support workforce education at public junior colleges.

HB 3351        Pacheco | et al.                                       
Relating to establishing the Texas Commission on Community College Finance.

HB 3625        Parker | et al.                                        
Relating to the administration of the governor's university research initiative.

HB 3812        Hunter                                                
Relating to the release of student directory information by a public institution of higher education.

HB 3993        Canales                                               
Relating to The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, to student fees imposed by the university, and to the elimination of certain obsolete statutory references in relation to the university.

HB 4247        Frullo                                                
Relating to eliminating reporting requirements for public institutions of higher education and the requirement for a plan by certain school districts to increase enrollment in public institutions of higher educations.

HB 4361        Raney                                                 
Relating to off-campus workforce education or lower-division programs offered by a public institution of higher education at the request of an employer.

HB 4403        Turner, John                                          
Relating to an agreement between a school district and public institution of higher education to provide a dual credit program to high school students enrolled in the district.

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