Tuesday, May 24, 2011

House Concurs with Senate Amendments to HB 1942

The Texas House of Representatives has concurred with Senate amendments to HB 1942. The bill, by Diane Patrick (R-Arlington), is an amalgamation of several anti-bullying bills filed this year. The House Public Education Committee forged a compromise out of the least controversial elements of those bills and rewrote HB 1942 to reflect that compromise. The bill passed out of the House with broad bi-partisan support. The Senate made some minor changes, including protections for students receiving special education services and cleaning up some tortured syntax in the bills definition of bullying.

The bill must now be signed by both the Speaker of the House and the Lieutenant Governor, a mere formality, before being sent to the Governor's desk. The Governor has 30 days to sign or veto the bill. If he does not sign the bill it becomes law without his signature. Governor Perry has not indicated his intentions regarding HB 1942 but opposition is not anticipated.

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