Chairman Geanie Morrison secures funding for community colleges affected by Harvey

State Representative Geanie W. Morrison successfully amended SB 500 – the State Supplemental Appropriations Bill – which would add $12.7 million for eight community colleges that lost tuition revenue due to Hurricane Harvey.

The community colleges included in her amendment are Alvin Community College; Brazosport College; Coastal Bend College; Del Mar College; Houston Community College; Lone Star College System; Victoria College; and Wharton County Junior College. Rep. Morrison noted that, all these institutions were severely affected following Hurricane Harvey through the financial loss of student tuition, state reimbursements for contact hours, and other fees.

“Hurricane Harvey disrupted the lives of millions of Texans in August 2017, including community college students who had to reduce their course loads or withdraw from school entirely,” said Rep. Morrison. “This amendment keeps those community colleges in the budget discussion and will hopefully result in them receiving additional Hurricane Harvey relief money needed to better serve our students.”

Rep. Morrison’s amendment was just one of two included in SB 500, which has been approved by the House of Representatives. The supplemental appropriations bill is used to pay for expenses not covered in the state’s current two-year budget. The House and Senate will now work on a final compromise version.

Rep. Morrison has also filed a number of Hurricane Harvey-related bills this session to help improve disaster response and recovery in Texas, including HB 6 and HB 7.

State Representative Geanie W. Morrison is currently serving her eleventh term in the Texas House of Representatives. House District 30 includes Aransas, Calhoun, DeWitt, Goliad, Refugio, and Victoria Counties.