Bill Text: TX SB1540 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature | Engrossed


Bill Title: Relating to the designation of support services liaison officers at public institutions of higher education.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Engrossed) 2019-05-07 - Referred to Higher Education [SB1540 Detail]

Download: Texas-2019-SB1540-Engrossed.html
 
 
  By: Menéndez S.B. No. 1540
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the designation of support services liaison officers at
  public institutions of higher education.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter Z, Chapter 51, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 51.9358 to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.9358.  DESIGNATION OF SUPPORT SERVICES LIAISON
  OFFICER TO ASSIST STUDENTS. (a)  In this section:
               (1)  "Coordinating board" means the Texas Higher
  Education Coordinating Board.
               (2)  "Institution of higher education" has the meaning
  assigned by Section 61.003.
         (b)  Each institution of higher education shall designate at
  least one employee of the institution to act as a liaison officer
  for current or incoming students at the institution.  The liaison
  officer shall provide to the students comprehensive information
  regarding support services and other resources available to the
  students, including:
               (1)  resources to access:
                     (A)  medical and behavioral health coverage and
  services; and
                     (B)  public benefit programs, including programs
  related to food security, affordable housing, and housing
  subsidies;
               (2)  public benefit program case management assistance
  and counseling;
               (3)  parenting and child care resources;
               (4)  employment assistance;
               (5)  financial counseling and tax preparation
  assistance;
               (6)  transportation assistance;
               (7)  student academic success strategies; and
               (8)  any other resources developed by the institution
  to assist the students.
         (c)  An institution of higher education may designate under
  Subsection (b) the same employee to act as liaison officer as the
  employee designated under Section 51.9356 to act as liaison officer
  for current and incoming students at the institution who were
  formerly in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and
  Protective Services.
         SECTION 2.  This Act applies beginning with the 2019-2020
  academic year.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2019.
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