HB 6, which established a new funding mechanism for technology for Texas school districts, died in the last few minutes of the 82nd Texas Regular Legislative Session. It became a victim of the attempt to slow down the passage of several controversial bills. Since one of those bills, SB 1811, must be passed in order to make the budget balance, Governor Perry called the legislature back to work hours after the session ended. The 1st Special Session began on May 31st at 8:00 AM. One of the first actions the Senate took was to introduce several pieces of legislation that fit within the framework of the Governor’s call. One of these pieces of legislation is SB 6. SB stands for Senate Bill. It is the “cousin” of HB 6. In fact, SB 6, as introduced, contains the same language in the bill that died on Sunday but since it was introduced into the Senate it now has the title of SB 6. Confusing, I know! The House version (HB 6) that died at midnight on the 30th, had been agreed upon by members of the conference committee.
The Senate Education Committee will introduce and possibly consider SB 6 on Thursday, June 2nd at 9:00 AM.