Senator Robert "Bob" Deuell, M.D.
The Texas State Senate
District 2

For Immediate Release
March 25, 2005

***CAPITOL UPDATE***

Issues Facing the 79th Legislature

Public School Finance Reform

(Austin) - Recently, the Texas House of Representatives passed one of this legislative session's major bills dealing with public school finance, House Bill 2. HB 2 would make comprehensive changes to the state's school finance system. The bill is set to be taken up by the Senate Education Committee after Easter, and the bill will most likely be significantly changed by the Texas Senate, which has its own public school finance reform plan. The Senate plan, know as "Texas Children First," was unveiled earlier this session and I was happy to be joined by all of my Senate colleagues in supporting it. To view the Senate plan, please visit www.texaschildrenfirst.com or contact my office to receive a copy.

The House Research Organization has released a detailed bill analysis of House Bill 2. To view the report, please visit www.capitol.state.tx.us, or contact my office to receive a hard copy. According to the HRO analysis, House Bill 2 would:

As stated above, this bill will most likely be significantly changed in the Texas Senate, and I look forward to debating this measure on the floor.

To contact Sen. Deuell about the legislative process, contact the Capitol Office at (512) 463-0556 or mail to Sen. Bob Deuell, Texas Senate, P.O. Box 12068, Austin, TX 78711. The website for the Texas Senate is www.Senate.state.tx.us. The e-mail address for Sen. Deuell is: bob.deuell@senate.state.tx.us.

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