Legislative Update
Tuesday, February 25, 2020


As we head into March, primary races are underway and legislative committees have begun to meet to discuss policy issues and monitor the implementation of past legislation, which will influence the upcoming 87th legislative session. As you receive these updates, please let us know if there are any topics you would like to hear more about from Government Relations.

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Hands holding a sign that reads "American Talent Initiative"

Effort to increase Pell enrollment slows

An initiative aimed at enrolling more low-income students in top-tier colleges has slowed down. The American Talent Initiative has a goal to enroll 50,000 more low- and moderate-income students at institutions with graduation rates of 70% or higher by 2025.

Harrison Keller, Texas commissioner of higher education.

A conversation with Harrison Keller, higher ed commissioner

Harrison Keller, Texas' higher education commissioner, discusses credentials, graduation rates, marketable skills, and more with The Texas Tribune.

Texas Vote 2020

Early voting more than just presidential primary

Texas voters will weigh in on congressional, legislative, judicial, and State Board of Education primaries.

Texas state senator Kirk Watson

Watson to leave Texas Senate to be new UH dean

State Sen. Kirk Watson, an Austin Democrat and UT System supporter, is retiring from the Texas Senate. Watson is leaving office to become the first dean of the University of Houston's Hobby School of Public Affairs.

Looking down on shoes with chalk-drawn arrows pointing to different paths.

White House to promote alternatives to degrees

The Ad Council is set to launch a national advertising promotion for postsecondary education and training alternatives to the four-year college degree.

Upcoming hearings

February 26 | Senate State Affairs Committee

Second Amendment rights including campus carry.

February 26 | Senate Transportation Committee

Road safety in Texas and traffic accidents caused by intoxicated drivers.

March 11 | Senate Education Committee

Innovative programs that assist nontraditional students.

March 25 | House Higher Education Committe

Legislation passed by the 86th Legislature.

Watch hearings online.

Appointed positions

The Office of the Governor is always looking for people to apply to various boards, including higher education. If you need assistance in applying, please contact Jeff Jeter at jeter@uta.edu. See a full list of available positions.

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