83R535 KJM-D
  By: Martinez Fischer H.B. No. 22
  relating to the establishment of a public service requirement for
  undergraduate students, known as Service to Texas, at public
  institutions of higher education.
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter F, Chapter 51, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 51.310 to read as follows:
         Sec. 51.310.  SERVICE TO TEXAS.  (a)  In this section,
  "institution of higher education" has the meaning assigned by
  Section 61.003.
         (b)  To receive a baccalaureate degree or a certificate for
  an undergraduate program requiring at least 60 semester credit
  hours from an institution of higher education, a student must
  perform at least 20 hours of unpaid public service while enrolled in
  an institution of higher education in this state.  The public
  service required under this section is known as Service to Texas.
         (c)  Service to Texas must consist of activity for and under
  the supervision of a nonprofit organization, governmental entity,
  or other entity that benefits needy or deserving individuals or the
  public, as determined by the institution the student attends.
         (d)  Each institution of higher education shall assign an
  existing office to coordinate and monitor a Service to Texas
  program to assist students to satisfy the public service
  requirements of this section.
         (e)  Each institution of higher education, through its
  Service to Texas program, shall develop a list of approved public
  service organizations and entities for purposes of Subsection (c).
  In developing and maintaining the list, an institution of higher
  education shall:
               (1)  include on the list a broad variety of
  organizations and entities that reflect diverse activities and
  viewpoints; and
               (2)  permit a student to propose a specific
  organization or entity for consideration for addition to the list.
         (f)  A student shall select one or more of the organizations
  or entities listed as provided by Subsection (e) to supervise and
  document the student's performance of the required public service.
         (g)  This section does not apply to a student who first
  enrolls in an institution of higher education before September 1,
         SECTION 2.   This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution. If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2013.