Updates from the Capitol | TCTA
Share this page:

Updates from the Capitol

Share this page:

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.

Senate passes 13th check proposal

Jul 13, 2021

SB 7, legislation to provide school retirees with a supplemental check, passed the Texas Senate today on a 22-0 vote. If the bill eventually becomes…

House activity grinds to a halt as Democrats break quorum

Jul 12, 2021

More than 50 Democrats have left the state for the purpose of shutting down the House's ability to take action on legislation.

House and Senate committees advance 13th check bills

Jul 9, 2021

Two bills providing a supplemental payment to school retirees passed out of committee during Friday meetings.

Special session off to a quick start

Jul 8, 2021

The first special session of the 87th Texas Legislature convened Thursday morning. Hearings on some legislation — including a 13th check for school…

Abbott includes TRS 13th check in special session agenda

Jul 7, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the agenda for the special session of the Texas Legislature that will begin Thursday, July 8. Lawmakers can only consider…

Special session set for July 8

Jul 1, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott said lawmakers will return to Austin on July 8 for a special session. His office has yet to release details about which items will…

Final bill summaries

Jun 3, 2021

The following are summaries of the education-related bills we followed that passed both the House and Senate and were sent to the governor. Because…

Session ends Monday after eventful weekend

Jun 1, 2021

The 87th session of the Texas Legislature ended Monday afternoon, after an eventful weekend culminating in House Democrats walking out Sunday to…

Major bills on the move

May 27, 2021

Some of the biggest education bills of the session were addressed Wednesday. The Senate took up three significant education bills, while the House…

Mom and Dad are fighting again

May 27, 2021

As is typical in the final days of a session, the House and Senate are creating drama over each chamber’s treatment of the other’s bills. With a…