81R23626 JRJ-F
 
  By: Lucio III, Marquez, Rios Ybarra H.B. No. 269
 
  Substitute the following for H.B. No. 269:
 
  By:  Corte C.S.H.B. No. 269
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the award of course credit to a student at a public
  institution of higher education for the completion of military
  service.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter F, Chapter 51, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 51.3042 to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.3042.  AWARD OF COURSE CREDIT FOR MILITARY SERVICE.
  (a)  In this section, "institution of higher education" has the
  meaning assigned by Section 61.003.
         (b)  An institution of higher education shall award to an
  undergraduate student who is admitted to the institution, including
  a student who is readmitted under Section 51.9242, course credit
  for all physical education courses required by the institution for
  an undergraduate degree and for additional semester credit hours,
  not to exceed 12, that may be applied to satisfy any elective course
  requirements for the student's degree program for courses outside
  the student's major or minor if the student:
               (1)  graduated from a public or private high school in
  this state accredited by a generally recognized accrediting
  organization or from a high school operated by the United States
  Department of Defense; and
               (2)  is an honorably discharged former member of the
  armed forces of the United States who:
                     (A)  completed at least two years of service in
  the armed forces; or
                     (B)  was discharged because of a disability.
         (c)  This section does not prohibit an institution of higher
  education from awarding additional course credit for a student's
  military service as the institution considers appropriate.
         (d)  An institution of higher education may adopt rules
  requiring reasonable proof from a student of the fact and duration
  of the student's military service and of the student's military
  discharge status.
         SECTION 2.  Section 51.3042, Education Code, as added by
  this Act, applies to a student attending an institution of higher
  education, without regard to whether the student was admitted to
  the institution before the effective date of this Act.
         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, 2009.