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  H.B. No. 885
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the requirements for a junior college district to
  receive approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
  to offer baccalaureate degree programs.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Section 130.307, Education Code, is amended by
  amending Subsection (b) and adding Subsection (b-1) to read as
  follows:
         (b)  Except as provided by Subsection (b-1), a [A] public
  junior college may offer a baccalaureate degree program under this
  subchapter only if its junior college district:
               (1)  had a taxable property valuation amount of not
  less than $6 billion in the preceding year; and
               (2)  received a positive assessment of the overall
  financial health of the district as reported by the coordinating
  board.
         (b-1)  The requirement of Subsection (b)(1) does not apply to
  a public junior college for the purpose of offering a baccalaureate
  degree program in nursing approved under Section 130.308 if its
  junior college district:
               (1)  has a taxable property valuation amount of not
  less than $4 billion in the preceding year; and
               (2)  does not have a four-year institution of higher
  education located in a county in which the district is located.
         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, 2021.
 
 
  ______________________________ ______________________________
     President of the Senate Speaker of the House     
 
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 885 was passed by the House on April
  13, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 147, Nays 0, 1 present, not
  voting; and that the House concurred in Senate amendments to H.B.
  No. 885 on May 28, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 144, Nays 1, 1
  present, not voting.
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
         I certify that H.B. No. 885 was passed by the Senate, with
  amendments, on May 22, 2021, by the following vote:  Yeas 27, Nays
  3.
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate   
  APPROVED: __________________
                  Date       
   
           __________________
                Governor