HBA-MPM, H.B. 2127 76(R) BILL ANALYSIS Office of House Bill AnalysisH.B. 2127 By: Solis, Jim Higher Education 3/17/1999 Introduced BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Current law exempts children of disabled firemen or peace officers from paying tuition at a state institution of higher education. H.B. 2127 also exempts the children of Emergency Medical Services personnel who are killed in the line of duty from paying tuition at a state institution of higher education. RULEMAKING AUTHORITY It is the opinion of the Office of House Bill Analysis that rulemaking authority is expressly delegated to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in SECTION 1 (Section 54.2042, Education Code) of this bill. SECTION BY SECTION ANALYSIS SECTION 1. Amends Subchapter D, Chapter 54, Education Code, by adding Section 54.2042, as follows: Sec. 54.2042. CHILDREN OF EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES PERSONNEL KILLED ON DUTY. (a) Assigns the terms "emergency medical services," "emergency medical services personnel," and "emergency medical services provider" with the meanings assigned under 773.003 (Definitions), Health and Safety Code. (b) Exempts a person from payment of tuition and required fees at an institution of higher education if the person: _is 25 years of age or younger; _is a Texas resident entitled to pay tuition at the rate provided for residents; _is enrolled as an undergraduate student; and _is the child of a person who was killed or died as the direct result of injuries sustained while providing emergency medical services (EMS) for an EMS provider licensed under Chapter 773 (Emergency Medical Services), Health and Safety Code, when the person was certified as EMS personnel. (c) Prohibits a person from receiving an exemption under this section for more than 150 semester hours. (d) Requires the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to adopt rules for the administration of this section. SECTION 2. Makes this Act applicable with tuition and fees charged for the 1999 fall semester. SECTION 3.Emergency clause. Effective date: upon passage.