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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.

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.

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…

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…

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…

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,…

Legislative session opens, Phelan elected House speaker

Jan 12, 2021

The 87th Texas Legislature convened in Austin Tuesday, with the House and Senate gaveling in at noon in their respective chambers.

Budget outlook better than anticipated heading into 87th session

Jan 11, 2021

The 87th Legislature convenes Tuesday, January 12, 2021. On Monday, Texas State Comptroller Glenn Hegar released the biennial revenue estimate for…