Get the latest news for Texas' 86th legislative session.
Adrift in space with no food or water, HB 2 is floating, and time is running out. Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen has called his allies together to get this bill figured out. Thus, HB 2 was postponed once again and is now rescheduled for Tuesday, April 30. Wait. What? Oh, sorry. Different endgame. Expect plenty of conversations and negotiations as we lead up to Tuesday. Currently, community colleges are exempt from HB 2, and we are asking our Dallas delegation and others to keep the exemption in place. Making strides to the end is SB 25, which facilitates the transfer, academic progress and timely graduation of students in public higher education. Dallas County’s own Sen. Royce West filed the bill and worked with community colleges and universities to find common ground. The bill:
Sen. West lays out SB 25 on the Senate floor (standing, far left).
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announces that SB 25 unanimously passes (31 Ayes/0 Nays).
DCCCD was actively engaged in conversations surrounding SB 25. Chancellor Joe May personally spoke with Sen. West in Austin several weeks ago and was the only community college chancellor or president at the meeting with the state's universities, the THECB, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s senior adviser and Sen. West. The next step for SB 25 is to be heard by the full House.
Rep. Ana Maria Ramos, a new member of the Dallas delegation, is also an adjunct professor of government at El Centro College and an Eastfield College graduate as well. Yay! Can you think of a better way to learn about Texas government than by taking a course with a state representative who is an instructor? Your Capitol Update team can’t. On the last Friday of April (today), El Centro students visited the Capitol and were recognized on the House floor by Rep. Ramos. The students, bright-eyed from an early morning start, also toured the capitol building and were able to meet with Rep. Ramos in her role as a state representative. Joining the students were DCCCD Chancellor May, Dr. Jose Adames, El Centro's president; and Dr. David Barrientos, an El Centro administrator.
El Centro students pose with DCCCD administrators and state legislators at the Capitol.
Rep. Ramos (center) speaks to El Centro College students.
Dr. Adames, Rep. Ramos and Dr. May.
El Centro students participate in today's session.
Rep. Ramos speaks to the delegation.
When we visit with House and Senate members, Chancellor Joe May and DCCCD staffers have one primary goal: to advocate for our students and colleges on issues of importance. A few of those issues include:
Throughout the session, we will track the issues and bills that affect DCCCD as they make their way through the legislative process. We also will share more details about the issues listed above. As always, please feel free to contact our office with any questions. You can now email us at GovtAffairs@dcccd.edu or follow us on Twitter @DCCCDGovt.
Just when you think you are ahead and moving on, something happens. Right, Golden State Warriors fans? No need for a technical foul — there is another opportunity. Speaking of opportunity ... excitement awaits all these young men – Kyler Murray, Joey Bosa, Quinnen Williams — as these number 1, 2, and 3 draftees went to the NFL on Thursday. Woo hoo! Show me the money! All this sports talk has me pumped up and ready to tackle the #TXLege Download. Sign my million-dollar paycheck and let’s get at it. You know the disclaimer, and of course, protect the blindside.
Thirty-one days. That’s one month. Then we can go back to our normal lives and put the state legislature in our rearview mirror. Ah, the dreams of tacos and lucha libre will have to wait until 2020. Thirty-one days. That’s about the same amount of time many of you will be preparing to take a break. Before you pack the cooler and rummage through the drawers for last year’s sunblock, remember to do a few things. Yes, we're playing that broken record again. Vote! Early voting ends next week. When you vote early, you can avoid the lines and cast your ballot anywhere in the county. Have questions? Visit our page. If you need a list of early voting locations, click here. If you miss the opportunity to vote early, you will have to wait until May 4. Once the election is over, we can all go back to our normal lives again. Happy voting! (And seriously ... buy new sunblock. You know who you are.)