S.B. No. 702
relating to authorizing certain uses for student center complex
fees charged to students enrolled in component institutions of The
Texas A&M University System.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
SECTION 1. The heading to Section 54.521, Education Code,
is amended to read as follows:
Sec. 54.521. STUDENT CENTER FACILITY [
COMPLEX] FEES; TEXAS
A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM.
SECTION 2. Subsections (a) through (d), Section 54.521,
Education Code, are amended to read as follows:
(a) The board of regents of The Texas A&M University System
may levy a regular, fixed student fee on each student enrolled in an
educational institution within The Texas A&M University System for
the purpose of acquiring, constructing, renovating, [ producing
revenue for] operating, maintaining, improving, adding to,
replacing, financing, and equipping one or more [ the institution's]
student center facilities for the institution [ complex and
acquiring or constructing additions to the complex]. The board may
set fees in amounts it considers just and necessary but not to
exceed $100 per student for each semester for the long session and
not to exceed $50 per student for each term of the summer session,
or any fractional part of a session. The activities of a [ the]
student center facility [ complex] that may be financed in whole or
in part by the student center facility [ complex] fee are limited to
those activities in which the entire student body is eligible to
participate. The financed activities may not be held outside the
territorial limits of any educational institution within The Texas
A&M University System.
(b) The comptroller of each institution shall collect the
fees levied under Subsection (a) of this section and shall credit
the money received from the fees to an account known as the student
center facility [ complex] fee account.
(c) The money collected and placed in the student center
facility [ complex] fee account may be used only for the purposes
provided by Subsection (a) of this section. A complete and itemized
budget shall be submitted to the board annually and must be
accompanied by a full and complete report of all activities
conducted during the past year and all expenditures made incident
to the activities. The board shall make changes in the budget it
considers necessary before approving the budget, and shall then
levy the fees in amounts sufficient to meet the approved budget
[ budgetary needs of the center], within the limits fixed by this
(d) The decision to levy a student center facility [ complex]
fee and the amount of the initial fee must be approved by a majority
vote of those students participating in a general election called
for that purpose.
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, 2005.
President of the Senate Speaker of the House
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 702 passed the Senate on
April 4, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
Secretary of the Senate
I hereby certify that S.B. No. 702 passed the House on
May 25, 2005, by the following vote: Yeas 144, Nays 0, two
present not voting.
Chief Clerk of the House