Texas Senate passes university-related bills, including campus sex assault bill

AUSTIN - The Texas Senate voted on three bills Tuesday that will impact universities across the state.

Senate Bill 18 eliminates a requirement that universities set aside a portion of tuition costs for financial assistance of other students.The Senate is expected to take a final vote on the bill Wednesday.

Senate Bill 19 freezes tuition at public universities for the next two years. It also caps how much tuition can be increased after the freeze retires to one percent. SB19 was passed on all three readings, sending it to the House.

Senate Bill 576 aims to prevent cover-ups of campus sexual assault by requiring university staff and student leaders report crimes when they find out about them. The bill's author, Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) said the goal of the bill is to prevent "cover-ups" of sexual assault, referencing the incidents at Baylor University. The bill was passed on all three readings, sending it to the House.

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