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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.

Lucio files TRS Sunset bill

Mar 1, 2021

Last week, Sen. Eddie Lucio filed the Sunset bill for the Teacher Retirement System. TRS underwent a review during the past 1.5 years in which the…

TRS to meet Friday, review health plans

Feb 25, 2021

The February meeting of the TRS Board of Trustees has, in recent years, been structured as a more in-depth review of agency practices with deeper…

Patrick reveals priority issues

Feb 23, 2021

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released his priorities for the legislative session, describing them as “designed to protect taxpayers and the Texas…

TRS has contentious Senate budget hearing

Feb 22, 2021

While the aftermath of last week’s winter storm was the focus of much legislative discussion, the Senate held budget hearings for TEA and TRS on…

Legislative meetings canceled this week

Feb 18, 2021

Neither the House, Senate, or legislative committees met this week due to the serious winter storm that affected most of the state.The House had…

Student discipline bills

Feb 11, 2021

A number of bills relating to student discipline have been filed, including proposals encouraging the use of restorative justice techniques and bills…

A bill has been filed - what now?

Feb 10, 2021

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

Senate Finance holds first meeting

Feb 8, 2021

Chaired by Sen. Jane Nelson, the Senate Finance Committee met Monday for the first time this session in an organizational and informational meeting,…

TX House members ask Morath for STAAR opt out

Feb 8, 2021

A large, bipartisan group of Texas lawmakers has sent a letter to Education Commissioner Mike Morath, asking him to create a mechanism that would…

COVID-19 related legislation

Feb 4, 2021

Several bills have been filed to address education-related issues that have arisen from the COVID-19 pandemic.