Texas law has long honored the contributions of military members and law enforcement. This support was evidenced by a number of bills passed this session, including the following:
House Bill 3601 permits the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to approve degree plans offered in coordination with the Texas Military Department that use alternative methods of determining mastery, including competency-based education. Competency-based education is a promising new form of education that challenges the status quo in terms of its approach. Rather than classroom instruction on a rigid schedule, students learn and demonstrate competence as they advance through coursework on a degree plan.
House Bill 1883 allows individuals on active duty in the U.S. armed forces to defer payment on delinquent property taxes when transferred out of state.
House Bill 1597 makes it easier for members of the military to relocate by allowing their children to establish residency for admission into Texas public schools by providing the school district a copy of a military order directing the parent's transfer to a military installation in or adjacent to the applicable district's attendance zone.
House Bill 114 directs the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to jointly provide high schools with materials regarding the availability of college credit awarded by institutions of higher education to veterans and military servicemembers for military experience, education, and training obtained during military service.