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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.

13th check, virtual instruction bills pass House on initial vote

Aug 27, 2021

At around 10:15 Friday night, the Texas House voted unanimously to pass SB 7, providing retirees with a bonus check up to $2,400.

13th check bill on Friday House calendar; mask mandates to be considered in Monday committee hearing

Aug 27, 2021

The House is set to consider two important education bills Friday: SB 7, the 13th check for TRS retirees; and SB 15, the legislation on virtual…

House Pub Ed holds 19-hour hearing on CRT, virtual ed, and more

Aug 25, 2021

The House Public Education Committee met for 19+ hours beginning Tuesday, discussing revision of the so-called critical race theory bill and…

House committee hears 13th check bill

Aug 24, 2021

The House Appropriations Committee met Monday afternoon to consider three bills including SB 7, the 13th check proposal by Sen. Joan Huffman.

House reaches quorum

Aug 20, 2021

The Texas House finally reached a quorum late Thursday, Aug. 20, for the first time since mid-July.

Senate considers more of Abbott's education agenda

Aug 12, 2021

On Wednesday, the Texas Senate considered three of the five education-related topics on Gov. Greg Abbott's agenda for the special session:…

Education bills moving in Senate

Aug 10, 2021

The Senate has taken quick action on several education-related bills in the early days of the second special session.

Second special session underway

Aug 9, 2021

The first special session of 2021 ended on Friday, August 6, with no bills passing – the lack of a quorum in the House stymied final action on any…