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Legislation bringing Bachelor of Science in Nursing to STC

A legislative proposal approved by Texas lawmakers in 2017, which included unanimous support from the Valley’s state legislative delegation, is soon going to bring a Bachelor of Science in Nursing to South Texas College, Rep. Sergio Muñoz, D-Mission, has announced. Senate Bill 2118, authored by Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, and sponsored by Rep. Sarah Davis, R-West University Place, became state law in the Spring of 2017, and as a result, will begin at STC beginning in Spring 2020. The author is the legislator who files a bill and guides it through the legislative process (also called the primary author). The Senate allows multiple primary authors for each bill or resolution. The House of Representatives allows only one primary author, the House member whose signature appears on the original measure and on the copies filed with the chief clerk. Both chambers also have coauthors, and the House of Representatives has joint authors. The sponsor is the legislator who guides a bill through the legislative process after the bill has passed the originating chamber. The sponsor is a member of the opposite chamber of the one in which the bill was filed. “South Texas College continues to be a leader in higher education, innovation, and progress at the state level, as evidenced by the fact that it will now be offering five baccalaureate degrees with the addition of this Bachelor of Science in Nursing,” said Muñoz, whose House District 36 includes major campuses of STC. “Senate Bill 2118 allows STC and other community colleges to help address the nursing shortage in Texas.” Senate Bill 2118 is designed to help address the state's nursing shortage by allowing the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board to approve community college baccalaureate degrees in nursing, Muñoz said. In addition, nurses who completed a four-year degree might go on to pursue careers in teaching, which could help alleviate nursing faculty shortages. As a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Muñoz helped secure more than $194 million over the next two years, beginning September 1, 2019, for the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. That figure includes $69 million for the University of Texas School of Medicine, which is an increase of $12 million from the previous session (in 2017), and $2 million in first time funding for the Cervical Dysplasia Cancer Immunology Center. He also shaped the state’s two-year budget to include more than $84 million over the next two years, beginning September 1 ...

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