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Updates from the Capitol

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During legislative sessions, TCTA's top-ranked lobby team is at the Texas Capitol every day, working on behalf of Texas teachers and other classroom professionals. Our lobbyists carefully monitor and testify on legislation that could affect TCTA members and provide daily reports on legislative action. These updates are provided below and compiled and emailed weekly via the TCTA eUpdate newsletter.

Committees leave bills pending; Finance votes out supplemental appropriations bill

Mar 9, 2023

As is the norm with most committees, especially early in the session, most bills heard this week were left pending. However, a key financial bill is…

Retiree cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) bill filed

Mar 8, 2023

Rep. Greg Bonnen, House Appropriations Committee Chair, has filed a bill providing ongoing retiree benefit increases, conditional on the health of…

Senate Education to hear bills including counselor qualification proposal

Mar 6, 2023

The Senate Education Committee is scheduled to meet Wednesday to hear several bills, including some on health and safety issues, and one to remove…

First education bill hearings posted

Mar 3, 2023

Several committees have posted notices for hearings for the upcoming week, including the House Public Education Committee. Among them is a bill - HB…

Bill hearings to begin

Mar 2, 2023

Committees will begin hearing bills next week. Keep in touch with your legislators on bills of interest to you, as well as our top priorities for the…

Major education bills still unavailable as filing deadline approaches

Mar 1, 2023

Lawmakers have entered the last flurry of bill filings, with next Friday, March 10, as the deadline for filing bills. We are anticipating the…

First House Pub Ed meeting includes school safety briefing

Feb 28, 2023

The committee discussed increased funding for school safety measures, the possibility that schools should be required to have armed personnel, and…

TCTA testifies in hearing re: teacher salaries, retirement benefits

Feb 27, 2023

TCTA testified in support of a significant increase in educator salaries; increased contributions toward school employee health insurance; funding…

So why isn't anything happening yet?

Feb 23, 2023

In Wednesday's Capitol Update we provided a refresher on the legislative process. But some of you may be wondering why - more than six weeks after…

A refresher on the legislative process

Feb 22, 2023

For anyone who is new to the legislative process, or who could use a refresher, the basic process is laid out here.