House Bill 3588
ARTICLE 14. CONDITIONAL GRANT PROGRAM
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Art. 1. Trans-Texas Corridor -
Art. 2. Regional Mobility
Authorities - Art. 3. Advance Acquisition of Property
Art. 4. Rail Facilities
Art. 5. Issuance of Bonds and Other Public Securities -
Pass-Through Tolls -
Conversion of Nontoll State Highway -
Commercial Driver's Licenses -
Motor Vehicle Sales Tax -
Driver Responsibility -
Disposition of Department of Public Safety Fees -
Additional Court Costs -
Statewide Coordination of Public Transportation -
Conditional Grant Program -
Texas Turnpike Authority -
Commercial Motor Vehicle Safety Standards -
Nonrepairable and Salvage Motor Vehicles; Salvage Vehicle Dealers -
Funding of Port Security, Projects, and Studies -
Miscellaneous Provisions -
General Provisions; Effective Date
ARTICLE 14. CONDITIONAL GRANT PROGRAM
SECTION 14.01. Section 56.141(4), Education Code, is amended to read as follows:
(4) "Eligible profession" means the profession of engineering or another profession as defined [
identified] by [ the] department rule for which the department determines there is a need
[ as having a significant statistical under representation of minorities or women] in the department's workforce.
SECTION 14.02. Section 56.142(a), Education Code, is amended to read as follows:
(a) The department shall establish and administer a conditional grant program under this subchapter to provide financial assistance to eligible [
women and minority] students who agree to work for the department in an eligible profession for the two academic years immediately following the date of the student's receipt of an eligible degree.
SECTION 14.03. Section 56.143, Education Code, is amended to read as follows:
Sec. 56.143. ELIGIBLE STUDENT.
(a) To be eligible for a conditional grant under this subchapter, a student must:
(1) complete and file with the department, on forms prescribed by the department, a conditional grant application and a declaration of intent to become a member of an eligible profession and work for the department for the two academic years immediately following the date of the student's receipt of an eligible degree;
(2) enroll in an institution;
(3) be a Texas resident, as defined by Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board rule;
(4) be economically disadvantaged [
a minority], as defined by department rule[ , or a woman]; and
(5) have complied with any other requirements adopted by the department under this subchapter.
(b) In determining who should receive a grant under this program, the department:
(1) shall give highest priority to students who demonstrate the greatest financial need; and
(2) may consider whether the applicant would be the first generation of the applicant's family to attend or graduate from an undergraduate program or from a graduate or professional program.
SECTION 14.04. Section 56.147, Education Code, is amended by reenacting and amending Subsection (b), as amended by Chapters 151 and 165, Acts of the 74th Legislature, Regular Session, 1995, and by adding Subsection (c) to read as follows:
(b) The department shall issue not less than $400,000 annually in conditional grants under this subchapter from money available to fund the conditional grant program [
gifts, grants, and funds described by Subsection (a)].
(c) The department may provide outreach programs to recruit students into the conditional grant program.
SECTION 14.05. The change in law made by this article does not affect the eligibility of a person awarded a grant under Subchapter I, Chapter 56, Education Code, before the effective date of this article to receive the grant or to participate in the conditional grant program under Subchapter I, Chapter 56, Education Code, as that subchapter existed when the person was awarded the grant, and the former law is continued in effect for that purpose.