Legislation

Current Legislation

Voucher bills that are introduced in the Special Session of the 85th Texas Legislature will be listed below. Click on the bill number to read the bill and to track bill activity. Click on the name of the author to find out more about them:

HB 52 by Simmons provides an Individualized Education Plan Account (IEPA) type voucher for students with a disability. The voucher provides 90% of the funding the child would have generated in a public school.  The money would come from the Foundation School Program. Click here to read more about the bill and find talking points. 

HB 58  by Simmons would provide a credit against an entity’s state premium insurance tax liability. This credit goes to fund non-public school tuition managed by an educational assistance organization and thereby diverts tax monies away from public schools to private schools. Click here to read more about the bill and find talking points.

HJR 29 by Anchia “proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the authorization or funding of an elementary or secondary education voucher program or similar program”.

HB 253 by Simmons would provide a $150 million in additional state aid for tax reduction to qualifying districts under a hardship grant and raise the Existing Debt Allotment for public schools. The bill contains a State Premium Tax Credit for donors and and Educational Expense Assistance voucher that is companion to SB 2. Talking points for HB 253 are identical to those for SB 2.

SB 2 by L. Taylor would provide a few funding concession to public schools but contains a State Premium Tax Credit for donors and an Educational Expense Assistance voucher for students with a disability. The amount of the voucher may not exceed $10,000 or the full amount of tuition to a private school, whichever is less.  The bill would require school districts to notify the parents of eligible students about the availability of the vouchers and inform them that they may be giving up their due process rights under the law by accessing them. Click here to read more about the bill and find talking points.

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Regular Session of the 85th Texas Legislature

Voucher bills that were introduced in the Regular Session of the 85th Texas Legislature are listed below.  Click on the bill number to read the bill and to view bill history. Click on the name of the author to find out more about them:

Senate Bills

CSHB 21 is a committee substitute of HB 21 (school finance bill) with a special needs voucher attached. Click here to find out more about CSHB 21.

SB 3 (Taylor, L.)- SB 3 is a voucher bill that includes both an education savings account (ESA) and an insurance premium tax credit.  Click here to find out more about SB 3.

SB 542 (Bettencourt)- SB 542 is a voucher bill that provides for a credit against an entity’s insurance premium tax liability.  Click here to find out more about SB 542.

House Bills

HB 1184 (Bohac) – HB 1184 is the companion bill to SB 542.  It provies for a credit against an entity’s insruance premium tax liability.  Click here to find out more about HB 1184.

HB 1335 (Simmons) – HB 1335 is a voucher bill that provides an education savings account (ESA) for students with a disability.  Click here to find out more about HB 1335.

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For more information contact Dr. Charles Luke at charlesluke43@gmail.com or by phone at 940-768-8594.