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SB 1370 by Madla/Truitt – Relating to the disposition of certain tax revenue for the protection and development of grape and wine production. SB 1370 specifically appropriates up to $50,000 per year in tax revenue from wine sales to Texas Cooperative Extension and Texas Agricultural Experiment Station each for the purposes of viticulture research and programs.

House Bill 1765 by Morrison/Shapiro - Relating to the creation of program and funding for emerging technology industries. HB 1765 establishes the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to cultivate economic and technological opportunities that will allow Texas to remain competitive in both national and global markets. The Emerging Technology Fund is to be a General Revenue-Dedicated fund to be used for research and development activities in emerging technology industries. The Emerging Technology Fund will include three major areas of investment: increasing research collaboration between public and private sector entities to develop new Regional Centers of Innovation and Commercialization where the seeds of an idea can take root in a university lab and eventually grow into a new product marketed by a new firm; matching research grants provided by both federal and private sponsors to help innovators acquire the capital they need to bring their idea to life; attracting more top-notch research teams from other universities around the nation that will help put Texas universities on the cutting edge of technology research and development. The Fund will receive up to $200M in funds this biennium.

House Bill 2129 by Bonnen/Armbrister - Relating to energy-saving measures that reduce the emission of air contaminants. Among other things, the bill directs the Energy Systems Lab of the Texas Engineering Experiment Station to develop at least three alternative methods for achieving a 15 percent greater potential energy savings in residential, commercial, and industrial construction than the amount now required. The bill was amended to direct a contract of $216,000 each year be given to the Energy Systems Lab by a non-profit Houston group for the development and annual calculation of creditable statewide emissions reductions obtained through wind and other renewable energy resources for the State Implementation Plan.

House Bill 3001 by Morrison / Duncan - Relating to the amount of the annual constitutional appropriation to certain agencies and institutions of higher education and to the allocation of those funds to those agencies and institutions. The bill updates the allocation of Higher Education Funds (HEF) among institutions based on most current available data for fiscal years 2006 and 2007. Additionally, beginning in Fiscal Year 2008, the bill authorizes an additional $87.5 million per year in HEF funding and provides the allocation by institution.

See table below for comparisons of existing annual allocations to the 2006-07 allocation and the allocation for 2008 and beyond.

Higher Education Fund
Comparison of Existing Allocation to HB3001
Current Annual HEF Allocation Annual Allocation for 2006-07 Annual Allocation for 2008 and beyond* Change: 06-07 from current Change: 2008 from current
UT Pan American 6,081,112 8,588,232 12,882,348 2,507,120 6,801,236
UT Brownsville 1,050,580 2,791,194 4,186,790 1,740,614 3,136,210
A&M - CC 3,687,722 5,519,329 8,278,993 1,831,607 4,591,271
A&M - K 3,555,651 3,368,155 5,052,232 (187,496) 1,496,581
A&M Internat'l 1,778,155 2,086,807 3,130,211 308,652 1,352,056
West Texas A&M 3,671,345 3,184,593 4,776,890 (486,752) 1,105,545
A&M - Commerce 4,229,747 3,563,785 5,345,678 (665,962) 1,115,931
A&M - Texarkana 1,027,070 1,097,568 1,646,352 70,498 619,282
UH 25,986,116 23,517,427 35,276,140 (2,468,689) 9,290,024
UH-Clear Lake 3,853,447 4,000,892 6,001,337 147,445 2,147,890
UH-Downtown 5,453,977 6,418,767 9,628,151 964,790 4,174,174
UH-Victoria 1,659,449 1,521,922 2,282,883 (137,527) 623,434
Midwestern State 3,007,669 2,289,565 3,434,348 (718,104) 426,679
UNT 18,021,033 17,424,822 26,137,233 (596,211) 8,116,200
Stephen F. Austin 6,633,109 4,683,847 7,025,771 (1,949,262) 392,662
Texas Southern 7,191,493 7,437,642 11,156,463 246,149 3,964,970
Texas Tech 20,961,881 17,886,318 26,829,477 (3,075,563) 5,867,596
Texas Woman's 6,974,897 5,616,139 8,424,209 (1,358,758) 1,449,312
Angelo State 3,887,211 2,390,535 3,585,802 (1,496,676) (301,409)
Lamar University 5,737,451 7,473,672 11,210,508 1,736,221 5,473,057
Sam Houston State 5,864,608 6,610,870 9,916,306 746,262 4,051,698
Southwest Texas 14,479,112 13,199,517 19,799,276 (1,279,595) 5,320,164
Sul Ross 1,635,271 1,362,515 2,043,772 (272,756) 408,501
Sul Ross RGC 266,322 253,220 379,831 (13,102) 113,509
LUIT -
Lamar - Orange 743,967 743,365 1,115,048 (602) 371,081
Lamar - Port Arthur 2,336,605 793,412 1,190,119 (1,543,193) (1,146,486)
TSTC 3,850,000 3,850,000 5,775,000 - 1,925,000
UNT HSC 3,640,000 5,426,261 8,139,391 1,786,261 4,499,391
TTU HSC 7,735,000 11,899,627 17,849,441 4,164,627 10,114,441
Statewide Total, HEF 175,000,000 175,000,000 262,500,000 (0) 87,500,000