The 84th legislative session ended on June 1, 2015. See the bills that have become law.

Rep. Gary VanDeaver

District 1 (R-New Boston)


New Laws

Bill Caption Date Effective
HB 1706 Relating to reducing paperwork and duplicate reports required of a school district. Effective immediately
HB 1474 Relating to the placement of money in the state instructional materials fund and payment of the instructional materials allotment. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 1164 Relating to requiring the Texas Education Agency to conduct a study to develop a writing assessment method for public school students and establish a pilot program to administer the assessment method developed. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 2205 Relating to the State Board for Educator Certification, educator preparation programs, educator certification, issuance of certain teaching permits, and certain procedures for investigating educator misconduct. Effective on 9/1/15
HB 275 Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of farm products. Effective on 1/1/16
HB 2660 Relating to Foundation School Program funding for students enrolled in an optional flexible school day program. Effective immediately
HCR 128 Honoring Shanna Peeples on her selection as National Teacher of the Year. Signed by the Governor

Pending Governor's Review

Bill Caption Last Action
HB 2280 Relating to the creation and operations of health care provider participation programs in certain counties. Effective immediately

Other Legislation

Bill Caption Date of Last Action
HB 2566 Relating to educator preparation programs. 05/13/2015
HB 3548 Relating to the authority of the TexAmericas Center to incorporate a nonprofit corporation for certain purposes and to the tax treatment of such a nonprofit corporation. 04/29/2015
HR 591 Recognizing April 8-9, 2015, as Lamar County Days at the State Capitol. 03/17/2015
HR 838 In memory of U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Justin Holt. 03/23/2015
HB 2209 Relating to the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium. 03/13/2015
HR 600 Recognizing March 25, 2015, as Red River County Day at the State Capitol. 03/17/2015
HB 1673 Relating to eliminating certain state-required assessment instruments and certain end-of-course assessment instruments not required by federal law. 03/09/2015
HB 1731 Relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds for an academic and student services building at Texas A&M University--Texarkana. 03/12/2015
HB 1162 Relating to eliminating satisfactory performance requirements for public school end-of-course assessment instruments as a criterion for promotion or graduation. 03/03/2015
HB 1163 Relating to the percentage of the annual distribution from the permanent school fund set aside for the state instructional materials fund. 03/03/2015
HB 2156 Relating to requirements for providers of certain technology services in public schools. 04/28/2015
HR 1568 Commending Texas A&M University alumnus John Ball on walking cross country to raise money for the Walking Aggie Endowed Ring Scholarship. 04/22/2015
HB 1892 Relating to the establishment of a Texas community school grant program. 05/14/2015
HB 3457 Relating to the methods of recovery of stranded environmental compliance costs by certain non-ERCOT electric utilities. 04/08/2015
HB 1891 Relating to Texas community schools. 05/21/2015
HB 664 Relating to funding for career and technology programs in public schools. 02/19/2015
HCR 113 Urging the United States Congress to direct the Bureau of Land Management to affirm the provisions of the Red River Boundary Compact and acknowledge that the vegetation line on the south bank of the Red River forms the boundary between Oklahoma and Texas. 05/12/2015
HB 279 Relating to eligibility for a public education grant of certain students receiving special education services. 05/12/2015
HB 645 Relating to the small-sized district adjustment under the Foundation School Program. 02/23/2015

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