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  H.B. No. 2629
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to unauthorized persons at public or private institutions
  of higher education in this state and to trespass, damage, or
  defacement occurring on the grounds of those institutions; amending
  provisions subject to a criminal penalty and creating offenses.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  The heading to Section 51.202, Education Code,
  is amended to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.202.  RULES AND REGULATIONS[; PENALTY].
         SECTION 2.  Section 51.204, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 51.204.  TRESPASS, DAMAGE, DEFACEMENT [ETC]. (a) In
  this section, "institution of higher education" and "private or
  independent institution of higher education" have the meanings
  assigned by Section 61.003.
         (b)  It is unlawful for any person to:
               (1)  trespass on the grounds of an [any state]
  institution of higher education or of a private or independent
  institution of higher education; [of this state] or
               (2)  damage or deface [to damage or deface] any of the
  buildings, statues, monuments, memorials, trees, shrubs, grasses,
  or flowers on the grounds of an institution [any state
  institutions] of higher education or of a private or independent
  institution of higher education.
         SECTION 3.  Section 51.208, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 51.208.  PENALTY; COURTS HAVING JURISDICTION. (a) In
  this section, "institution of higher education" and "private or
  independent institution of higher education" have the meanings
  assigned by Section 61.003.
         (b)  A person who violates any provision of this subchapter
  or any rule or regulation promulgated under this subchapter commits
  an offense. An offense under this subsection is a misdemeanor
  punishable by a fine of not more than $200.
         (c)  The judge of a municipal court or any justice of the
  peace of any city or county where property under the control and
  jurisdiction of an [a state] institution of higher education or of a
  private or independent institution of higher education is located
  is each separately vested with all jurisdiction necessary to hear
  and determine criminal cases involving violations of this
  subchapter or rules or regulations promulgated under this
  subchapter for which the punishment does not exceed a fine of $200.
         SECTION 4.  Section 51.209, Education Code, is amended to
  read as follows:
         Sec. 51.209.  UNAUTHORIZED PERSONS; REFUSAL OF ENTRY,
  EJECTION, IDENTIFICATION. (a) In this section, "institution of
  higher education" and "private or independent institution of higher
  education" have the meanings assigned by Section 61.003.
         (b)  The governing board of an [a state] institution of
  higher education or a private or independent institution of higher
  education or the governing board's [its] authorized
  representatives may refuse to allow persons having no legitimate
  business to enter on property under the board's control, and may
  eject any undesirable person from the property on the person's
  [his] refusal to leave peaceably on request. Identification may be
  required of any person on the property, and the person must provide
  that identification on request.
         SECTION 5.  Section 51.202(b), Education Code, is repealed.
         SECTION 6.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2015.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2629 was passed by the House on April
  30, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 137, Nays 2, 1 present, not
  voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 2629 was passed by the Senate on May
  26, 2015, by the following vote:  Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
  APPROVED:  _____________________
                     Date          
   
            _____________________
                   Governor