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  H.B. No. 3616
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to designating October as Persons with Disabilities
  History and Awareness Month.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter D, Chapter 662, Government Code, is
  amended by adding Section 662.109 to read as follows:
         Sec. 662.109.  PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES HISTORY AND
  AWARENESS MONTH. (a) October is Persons with Disabilities History
  and Awareness Month to:
               (1)  increase public awareness of the many achievements
  of people with disabilities;
               (2)  encourage public understanding of the disability
  rights movement; and
               (3)  reaffirm the local, state, and federal commitment
  to providing equality and inclusion for people with disabilities.
         (b)  Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month
  shall be regularly observed by appropriate celebration and
  activities to promote respect for and better treatment of people
  with disabilities in this state.
         (c)  Each public school may:
               (1)  elect to observe Persons with Disabilities History
  and Awareness Month; and
               (2)  determine the appropriate activities by which the
  school observes Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness
  Month.
         SECTION 2.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2011.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3616 was passed by the House on May 3,
  2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 3616 on May 23, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 143, Nays 1,
  3 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 3616 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 21, 2011, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor