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  S.B. No. 1736
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the establishment of the College Credit for Heroes
  program.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter A, Chapter 302, Labor Code, is
  amended by adding Section 302.0031 to read as follows:
         Sec. 302.0031.  COLLEGE CREDIT FOR HEROES PROGRAM. (a)  In
  this section, "institution of higher education" has the meaning
  assigned by Section 61.003, Education Code.
         (b)  The commission shall establish and administer the
  College Credit for Heroes demonstration program to identify,
  develop, and support methods to maximize academic or workforce
  education credit awarded by institutions of higher education to
  veterans and military servicemembers for military experience,
  education, and training obtained during military service in order
  to expedite the entry of veterans and military servicemembers into
  the workforce.
         (c)  The commission shall work cooperatively with other
  state agencies, including the Texas Higher Education Coordinating
  Board, public junior colleges, and other institutions of higher
  education, to accomplish the purposes of this section.
         (d)  The commission may award grants to state, local, or
  private entities that perform activities related to the purposes of
  this section.
         (e)  The commission shall administer the program using money
  previously appropriated to the commission or received from federal
  or other sources.
         (f)  The commission may adopt rules as necessary for the
  administration of this section.
         (g)  Not later than November 1, 2012, the commission, after
  consultation with the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board,
  shall report to the legislature and the governor on:
               (1)  the results of any grants awarded under this
  section;
               (2)  the best practices for veterans and military
  servicemembers to achieve maximum academic or workforce education
  credit at institutions of higher education for military experience,
  education, and training obtained during military service;
               (3)  measures needed to facilitate the award of
  academic or workforce education credit by institutions of higher
  education for military experience, education, and training
  obtained during military service; and
               (4)  other related measures needed to facilitate the
  entry of trained, qualified veterans and military servicemembers
  into the workforce.
         (h)  This subsection and Subsection (g) expire January 1,
  2013.
         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, 2011.
 
 
 
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1736 passed the Senate on
  April 21, 2011, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 27, 2011, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 1736 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 20, 2011, by the following vote: Yeas 149,
  Nays 0, one present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor