Key Committee Hearings – May 16-20, 2011
The Week Ahead:
This is not a comprehensive list. For a complete list of committee hearings and copies of legislation go to www.capitol.state.tx.us.
Tuesday, May 17:
· House Public Education Committee: 8:00am, Room E2.036. Bills being considered include: SB 291 (Watson) which requires an alcohol awareness component in science curriculum instead of health curriculum in public schools as health is no longer a course that is required. SB 518 (Shapiro) which relates to initiatives designed to improve performance of public school students enrolled in sixth, seventh, and eighth grade levels and includes teacher certification requirements, high school readiness pilot programs and drop-out early identification and intervention programs.
· Senate Committee on Administration: 8:30am, Room 2E.20. Bills being considered include: HB 1128 (Menendez) amends section Section 313.002(8) of the Health and Safety Code to include inmates in a county or municipal jail. Limits surrogate decision-makers from authorizing forced mental health services on the inmate. HB 3616 (Naishtat) which designates the month of October as Disability History and Awareness Month.
· House Human Services Committee: 9:00 am, Room E2.030. Bills being considered include: SB 681 (West) which would establish a task force to study the assessments of children in the welfare system. SB 1449 (Zaffirini) which directs the Department of State health Services to accept an annual accreditation review for a treatment facility instead of an inspection for renewal of a license.
· Senate Health and Human Services Committee: 9:00am, Senate Chamber. Bills being considered include: HB 3145 (Naishtat) which adds a surcharge of $10 to the licensing fee of chemical dependency counselors. Money collected from this fee is to be used for peer assistance programs for chemical dependency counselors.
· Senate Jurisprudence Committee: 1:30pm or upon adjournment of the Senate, Room 2E.20. To consider a number of bills including: HB 1771 (Zerwas) which establishes a Specialty Courts Advisory Council to oversee the specialty drug, mental health and veterans courts.
Wednesday, May 11:
· House Higher Education Committee: 8:30 am, Room E1.014. Bills being considered include: SB 975 (Hinojosa) which relates to the operation of drop-out recovery programs b y qualifying public junior colleges in partnership with qualifying school districts.
This list was complied with all available data as of 4:00pm on Friday, May 13, 2011. Additional bills and committee hearings will be added to this list on Monday, May 16, 2011.
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