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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.

House Pub Ed hearing includes discussion of threat assessment teams

Mar 16, 2021

The House Public Education Committee considered several bills in its Tuesday hearing. One bill generated a lengthy discussion between committee…

House Pub Ed passes first bills

Mar 16, 2021

The House Public Education Committee voted out three bills that were heard in last week’s committee hearing.

Session mood changes as House and Senate spar over electricity pricing

Mar 16, 2021

The first serious spat between House and Senate leadership occurred Tuesday afternoon when House Speaker Dade Phelan informed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick…

Potential voucher language removed from COVID response bill

Mar 11, 2021

This session’s HB 3 is not specifically education-related, but instead addresses the state's disaster response related to the COVID-19 pandemic or a…

TRS official mentions possibility of retiree benefit increase

Mar 10, 2021

The House Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee heard from the state and local pension systems under its purview, including the…

TCTA again named top teacher lobby team in Texas

Mar 9, 2021

Capitol Inside, nationally recognized for its political reporting, publishes the Texas Lobby Power Rankings at the beginning of each session.…

Controversial bill on fine arts/CTE credit heard in House Pub Ed

Mar 9, 2021

The House Public Education Committee held its first hearing Tuesday and took testimony on six bills.

House and Senate still moving slowly

Mar 3, 2021

After meeting briefly Wednesday, both the House and Senate adjourned until next Tuesday, March 9.

Abbott removes COVID restrictions statewide

Mar 2, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott announced today that he is removing COVID-19 restrictions, including the statewide mask mandate, effective Wednesday, March 10. The…

House Public Education Committee hears from Morath

Mar 2, 2021

The House Public Education Committee held its first meeting of the session Tuesday, kicking off with a briefing from Education Commissioner Mike…