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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.

Committee assignments released, Dutton new Pub Ed Chair

Feb 4, 2021

One of the key changes associated with the election of a new House speaker is the change in the broader leadership team — primarily the chairs of…

TRS-related bills

Feb 3, 2021

Several bills have been filed that would affect TRS operations, school employee retirement benefits, or school employee health insurance. Legislators…

Governor's address lays out emergency items for session

Feb 1, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott presented his State of the State address to Texans Monday evening in a speech broadcast across the state – a departure from his…

Late census data will require special session(s)

Jan 28, 2021

The House met briefly Wednesday before adjourning until Feb. 9. As noted previously, House members were asked to submit their committee preferences…

Lt. Gov. urges that 65+ school employees be a priority subset of the 1B vaccine group

Jan 26, 2021

The Texas House and Senate reconvened today after being adjourned for nearly two weeks. At least two House members have been diagnosed with COVID-19…

Senate budget proposal (SB 1) filed

Jan 21, 2021

Although the House and Senate are not meeting this week, the filing of legislation continues. On Thursday, State Sen. Jane Nelson, chair of the…

House follows Senate with budget proposal

Jan 21, 2021

Shortly after Senate Finance Chair Jane Nelson filed SB 1, the Senate's base budget, the House followed suit by releasing its recommendations for the…

House will not require COVID-19 testing for access

Jan 14, 2021

The Texas House of Representatives adopted its operating procedures Thursday after more than four hours of debate. Most substantive changes to the…

Sunset Commission adopts recs for TRS changes

Jan 13, 2021

The Sunset Advisory Commission made final decisions on the agencies in its current review cycle, including the Teacher Retirement System. The…

Senate changes procedural rules

Jan 13, 2021

The Texas Senate adopted its procedural rules Wednesday afternoon, including a revision of the number of votes required to bring a bill to the floor,…