H.B. No. 746
  relating to expanding the availability of classrooms and other
  facilities for use by public junior colleges.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter Z, Chapter 51, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 51.975 to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.975.  SHARING OF UNDERUSED CLASSROOMS.  (a)  A public
  institution of higher education may make the institution's
  classrooms not scheduled for use by the institution or by students,
  student organizations, or faculty of the institution between 5 p.m.
  and 10 p.m. on one or more weekdays or between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on
  one or more Saturdays available for that day to another public
  junior college on request for teaching courses in the core
  curriculum, as defined by Section 61.821, or continuing education
         (b)  A public institution of higher education that under
  Subsection (a) makes a classroom available to another institution
  shall continue to make that classroom, or a comparable classroom,
  available to the other institution for the duration of the semester
  or other academic term.
         (c)  An institution of higher education may charge another
  institution for the use of a classroom under this section at a rate
  not to exceed the rate permitted for this purpose as determined by
  the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.  The coordinating
  board shall establish those rates in an amount to reimburse the host
  institution for utility costs and other costs, such as maintenance
  and custodial services, based on the infrastructure formula funding
  that the host institution would receive if teaching a course in that
  space itself for that time.
         SECTION 2.  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.
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
         I certify that H.B. No. 746 was passed by the House on May 12,
  2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 148, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 746 on May 29, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 0, 2
  present, not voting.
  Chief Clerk of the House   
         I certify that H.B. No. 746 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 27, 2009, by the following vote:  Yeas 30, Nays
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________