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  H.B. No. 1887
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the establishment of a regional center for public
  safety excellence in the Rio Grande Valley.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter F, Chapter 130, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 130.093 to read as follows:
         Sec. 130.093.  REGIONAL CENTER FOR PUBLIC SAFETY EXCELLENCE.
  (a) In this section:
               (1)  "Commission" means the Texas Commission on Law
  Enforcement ("TCOLE").
               (2)  "Regional center" means the regional center for
  public safety excellence established under this section.
         (b)  The regional center for public safety excellence is
  established to develop and provide education and training for law
  enforcement personnel in the Rio Grande Valley, including:
               (1)   education and training leading toward an
  associate of applied science degree or certificate or another
  public safety or law enforcement-related associate degree or
  certificate;
               (2)  TCOLE officer certification; and
               (3)  a continuing education certification.
         (c)  South Texas College shall administer the regional
  center in partnership with political subdivisions and
  participating school districts in the Rio Grande Valley. The
  headquarters of the regional center are located at South Texas
  College in Pharr, Texas. The regional center may use property and
  facilities at other locations in Hidalgo and Starr Counties.
         (d)  In developing its training programs and courses, the
  regional center shall ensure that the program or course curriculum
  satisfies any requirements imposed by the commission under
  Subchapter F, Chapter 1701, Occupations Code, for the regional
  center to operate as a commission-approved training provider under
  that chapter.
         (e)  The regional center may solicit and accept gifts and
  grants from any public or private source for purposes of this
  section. The legislature may appropriate money for purposes of
  this section.
         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, 2015.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1887 was passed by the House on April
  29, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 141, Nays 3, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 1887 on May 28, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 136, Nays 8,
  2 present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 1887 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 26, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays
  0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor