Today, the Texas House of Representatives approved House Bill 14 by Representative Lynn Stucky. This legislation provides future law enforcement officers with a student loan repayment assistance program.
"House Bill 14 will help flip the recent trend of peace officer shortages across the state. It is critical that we are able to attract new young and talented individuals to protect and serve our communities," said Representative Lynn Stucky.
House Bill 14 addresses a growing shortage of peace officers across Texas and provides law enforcement agencies with a new recruitment tool. The bill charges the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board with operating a student loan repayment assistance program for full-time peace officers who attended a community college or university. The Texas House has identified $2,500,000 in House Bill 1, as passed by the Texas House, to fulfill this program over the 2020-21 biennium.
“Our peace officers sacrifice so much by serving in the line of duty. To pay them back for keeping our communities safe and secure, the Texas House has championed a new opportunity for peace officers to receive additional financial support when completing a college degree so we can enlist more officers in the future,” stated Chairman Dustin Burrows.
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