HB 6, legislation that combines funds for textbooks and technology, will be heard in the Senate Education Committee on Thursday, May 5th, at 8:30 AM. The Senate version, SB 6, has already been approved by the Texas Senate. However, in Texas, the same bill (bill number) must pass both houses before the bill can go to the conference committee to iron out the differences.
It is expected that Senator Shapiro will substitute the Senate version of the bill for the House version on Thursday. She will strip out the language in the House version and put in its place the Senate language. Thus, you have two bills with the same number but with different contents. The committee will most likely approve the bill and send it to the Senate for final passage. Since there will be differences in the bills, a conference committee will need to agree upon the final language.
The legislative session is in high gear but the clock is ticking. All legislation must pass by May 31st, or it is dead. HB 6 is predicted to pass, but stranger things have happened in the waning days of a Texas legislative session.
I have updated the FAQ on HB and SB 6 to reflect the amendments that were added thus far. You can see the chart here.