Texas House Signs Off On Medical Schools for Sam Houston State, University of Houston

Style Magazine Newswire | 4/9/2019, 6:27 p.m.
The Texas House approved two new medical schools in Texas this week, one at Sam Houston State University and the ...
State Rep. Will Metcalf, R-Conroe

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The Texas House approved two new medical schools in Texas this week, one at Sam Houston State University and the other at the University of Houston. The decisions bring both universities' plans for medical schools one step closer to reality, though both still need Senate approval. The Sam Houston State enabling legislation — House Bill 2867 by Rep. Will Metcalf, R-Conroe, and Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress — was approved Thursday, but it will still need final approval on what is called the third reading from the House. That third reading is usually just a formality. Both bills were approved by wide margins. Texas already has a dozen medical schools. Programs at UH and Sam Houston State will grow the number of schools in the Houston area, the Texas region with the highest concentration.