Speaker Straus to Retire and Senate Interim Chargers

Reports are that House Speaker Joe Straus will not run for reelection….

Lt. Governor’s Dan Patrick has released his interim charges including:

Higher Education Committee

  • Improving Transferability: Examine and make recommendations regarding policies that will help students make informed decisions regarding transferring credits among institutions.
  • System/Campus Expansion: Consider what role the state should have in overseeing the approval and development of new higher education locations into geographical areas already served by existing institutions
  • 60x30 TX Statewide Plan Review: Examine progress in achieving goals within the 30x30TX plan, and review efforts of higher education institutions to implement innovative and non-traditional models of education delivery
  • Funding Models: Examine different models of student-focused funding for general academic institutions competency-based and performance funding models and make recommendations on whether a new funding model would produce greater efficiencies
  • Mandate Reduction: Examine all current state and federal regulations on public higher education institutions and consider whether reductions of regulations could reduce fees
  • Dual Credit: Review dual credit opportunities throughout the state, examining the impact of HB505
  • Monitoring: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Higher Education Committee and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance and/or complete implementation.


State Affairs Committee

  • Campus Free Speech: Ascertain any restrictions on Freedom of Speech rights that Texas students face in expressing their views on campus.