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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.

Charter bill voted down on House floor, but may be revived

May 6, 2021

A charter school governance bill that is opposed by most education organizations, including TCTA, was on the House floor late Wednesday. The bill…

Three education bills go down in House floor debate

May 6, 2021

Two bills dealing with non-educational aspects of charter schools failed on the House floor today, and another bill was killed by its own author…

On a day of controversial bills and unusual events, a few items related to education issues saw action

May 5, 2021

On Wednesday, the Senate took around six hours to debate a bill that will allow Texans to carry firearms without a permit. After several hours of…

Bills passing House, Senate include stronger commissioner proposal

May 4, 2021

SB 1365 by Sen. Paul Bettencourt passed the Senate on an initial vote Tuesday. The bill strengthens the authority of the commissioner of education…

Tuesday committee hearings include radical change to state employee retirement

May 4, 2021

The House Appropriations Committee held a hearing Tuesday on SB 321, a bill to restructure the state’s retirement plan for new state employees. The…

Comptroller adds $3.1 billion to state revenue estimate

May 3, 2021

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Glenn Hegar released his revised revenue estimate for the state today, informing lawmakers that they have $3.12…

Budget bill, TRS Sunset bill, and others on the move

Apr 29, 2021

The culling of bills has begun, as House committees wind down their activity on House bills and will begin to focus on legislation coming over from…

Federal funds partially released

Apr 28, 2021

State leaders have announced the release of a portion of the federal funds due to Texas schools as a result of recent federal legislation. Of the…

House Pub Ed hearing

Apr 27, 2021

Points of order and related parliamentary issues have plagued the House this session. An early example came during a meeting of the House Elections…

House passes budget, adopts anti-voucher amendment

Apr 23, 2021

The Texas House passed its version of the state budget (SB 1) late Thursday night. With fewer fireworks than usual, lawmakers adopted 146 amendments…