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Over the weekend, the HB 1525 Conference Committee met to come to a consensus on the two versions of the bill. The final bill DOES include a NEW G/T Allotment and has been approved by both chambers. The final bill (pg 42) is headed to the Governor's office where he has 20 days to sign the bill, allow it to become law without signature, or veto it. This bill would be enacted September 1, 2021, and the allotment would go into effect for the 2022-2023 school year (in line with the Texas state budget).
On Wednesday, HB 1525 was amended from the Senate floor by Chairman Taylor(6:23:30) to reinstate the G/T Allotment. The engrossed bill with final amendments and language has not been posted or made public at the time of publishing this update. The Senate version will be posted here.
The Lt Governor's office referred HB 1302 to Senate Education Committee early this week and we are hopeful the bill will receive a hearing. Senator Powell has picked HB 1302 up in the Senate, for which we are grateful!