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  S.B. No. 279
 
 
 
 
AN ACT
  relating to the inclusion of suicide prevention information on
  certain student identification cards issued by a public school or
  public institution of higher education.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter G, Chapter 38, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 38.353 to read as follows:
         Sec. 38.353.  SUICIDE PREVENTION INFORMATION REQUIRED ON
  CERTAIN STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARDS. Each student identification
  card issued by a public school to a student in grade six or higher:
               (1)  must have printed on the card the contact
  information for:
                     (A)  the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline;
  and
                     (B)  the Crisis Text Line; and
               (2)  may have printed on the card the contact
  information for a local suicide prevention hotline, if available.
         SECTION 2.  Subchapter Z, Chapter 51, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 51.91941 to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.91941.  SUICIDE PREVENTION INFORMATION REQUIRED ON
  STUDENT IDENTIFICATION CARD. (a) In this section, "institution of
  higher education" has the meaning assigned by Section 61.003.
         (b)  Each student identification card issued by an
  institution of higher education:
               (1)  must have printed on the card the contact
  information for:
                     (A)  the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline;
  and
                     (B)  the Crisis Text Line; and
               (2)  may have printed on the card the contact
  information for:
                     (A)  the campus police department or security for
  the campus at which the student to whom the card is issued regularly
  attends classes or, if the campus does not have a campus police
  department or security, a local nonemergency police contact;
                     (B)  the campus health clinic for the campus at
  which the student to whom the card is issued regularly attends
  classes or, if the campus does not have a health clinic, a local
  health clinic; and
                     (C)  a local suicide prevention hotline, if
  available.
         SECTION 3.  Sections 38.353 and 51.91941, Education Code, as
  added by this Act, apply only to a student identification card
  issued on or after the effective date of this Act.
         SECTION 4.  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 hereby certify that S.B. No. 279 passed the Senate on    
  April 29, 2021, by the following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0; and that
  the Senate concurred in House amendment on May 29, 2021, by the
  following vote: Yeas 31, Nays 0.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Secretary of the Senate    
 
         I hereby certify that S.B. No. 279 passed the House, with
  amendment, on May 26, 2021, by the following vote: Yeas 107,
  Nays 40, two present not voting.
 
 
  ______________________________
  Chief Clerk of the House   
 
 
 
  Approved:
 
  ______________________________ 
              Date
 
 
  ______________________________ 
            Governor