The “Tim Tebow Bill” that would allow Texas home schooled students to take part in extracurricular activities in the public school district in which they reside passed out of the Texas Senate on Thursday. While news articles accurately say the bill passed on a 21-7 vote, that is not the whole story. If all members had been present, the vote would have been 23-8. While two Republican senators voted against the bill, six Democratic senators voted for the measure. Senators Ken Paxton and Donna Campbell, joint authors of the bill, worked very hard with all senators for this historic vote.
This strong bipartisan support and what the media reports as “mild opposition from some public education groups” indicate this measure has increasingly strong support and could become law. The Senate bill (SB 929) will now go to the House Public Education Committee, where the House version of the measure (HB 1374) had a hearing on April 9 and has a majority of members of the committee in support of the bill.
The deadline for House bills to be voted out of the Texas House is the second week of May. However, since SB 929 has now passed, that deadline is no longer an issue since the House can act later on a Senate bill.