Sunday, June 16, was the deadline for Gov. Rick Perry to sign or veto bills from the 2013 regular session; bills not signed or vetoed by that date became law without his signature. TCTA has updated our bill summary list to reflect the final status of the education-related bills that passed during the session. Six education bills were vetoed:

  • HB 217 by Alvarado limited the types of beverages that can be sold on campuses. Perry stated that the bill would take existing limitations to an extreme, and would limit access to even 2 percent milk.
  • HB 2824 by Ratliff revised provisions regarding the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium. Perry commented that the bill would exempt participating districts from the accountability system and many assessments, and said, “… we will not compromise academic rigor or student outcomes.”
  • HB 2836 by Ratliff was an assessment bill that included a provision that would have required a study of the number and scope of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills. The governor’s statement noted that the bill “… has the potential to de-emphasize the majority of these important curriculum standards in the classroom, and would also circumvent the responsibilities of the elected SBOE.”
  • SB 17 by Dan Patrick established a safety training program for school employees with a concealed handgun license. Perry said: “SB 17 falls short of clearly expressing the role armed school employees would play during times of crisis and emergencies and the qualifications and standards they would have to meet, fails to address secure weapon storage, and carries a $10 million fiscal note.”
  • SB 504 by Deuell eliminated the current requirement for spinal abnormality screening in sixth and ninth grades. The governor stated, “To ensure children receive the attention and treatment they need for abnormal curvatures, Texas must remain vigilant and retain this required screening.”
  • SB 1234 by Whitmire related to sanctions for truancy. Perry maintained that the bill would conflict with other legislation that passed, and said it “… will hurt established local programs and prevent schools from identifying and helping address the issues students are facing.”