85R13284 MK-D

 

 

By: Zaffirini

S.B. No. 2123

 

 

 

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED

 

AN ACT

 

relating to the creation of a pilot program to allow high schools in

 

certain counties to connect to high-speed fiber-optic networks.

 

       BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:

 

       SECTION 1.  Subchapter C, Chapter 7, Education Code, is

 

amended by adding Section 7.068 to read as follows:

 

       Sec. 7.068.  PILOT PROGRAM FOR HIGH SCHOOL FIBER-OPTIC

 

CONNECTIONS. Using funds appropriated or otherwise available for

 

that purpose, the commissioner shall create and administer a pilot

 

program to enable at least 14 high schools in counties that border

 

the Gulf of Mexico or that are located on an international border to

 

build infrastructure to connect to existing high-speed fiber-optic

 

networks.  The commissioner may enter into contracts or agreements

 

with public or private institutions of higher education or public

 

or private entities as necessary to allow for the implementation of

 

the pilot program.

 

       SECTION 2.  As soon as possible after the effective date of

 

this Act, the commissioner of education shall create the pilot

 

program under Section 7.068, Education Code, as added by this Act,

 

and shall begin entering into contracts or agreements with

 

appropriate entities to implement the pilot program.

 

       SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect September 1, 2017.

co-author Lucio, Hinojosa

Two bills filed: SB 2123 and HB 3813, both are identical.