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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.

House and Senate off until Tuesday

Jan 19, 2023

The House and Senate adjourned for a long weekend Wednesday, both chambers not returning until Tuesday. But behind-the-scenes activity continues, and…

House, Senate release base budget proposals

Jan 18, 2023

The House and Senate budget bills were filed Wednesday, with each proposing nearly $10 billion in new funding for public schools.

Governor, Lt. Governor inaugurated, address education priorities

Jan 17, 2023

Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick were inaugurated Tuesday, Jan. 17. They each spoke about their hopes for the legislative session, including…

Legislature canvasses governor/lt. governor votes; base budgets could be released soon

Jan 12, 2023

The House and Senate met in a joint session Thursday for more procedural actions.

House and Senate adopt rules

Jan 11, 2023

The House and Senate met Tuesday to adopt the rules that will govern their operations throughout the session.

88th Texas Legislature convenes with huge surplus

Jan 10, 2023

The 88th session of the Texas Legislature began at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. The session kicked off a day after Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar…

Back to Business: Texas lawmakers to grapple with significant challenges during the 2023 session

Jan 1, 2023

Texas lawmakers will likely have more money than they can spend when the 88th Legislature convenes in Austin on Jan. 10.

Teacher pay, school safety, benefit boost for retirees among Patrick's top priorities for 2023

Nov 30, 2022

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick included increased teacher pay, school safety and a benefit boost for retired teachers among his top budget priorities for the…

Republicans maintain control of statewide seats in Texas

Nov 17, 2022

Texas’ lineup of statewide elected leaders remains just about the same after the Nov. 8 election with Republicans squarely in control of the Capitol.

TCTA presses lawmakers to invest in teachers, schools amid budget surplus

Oct 6, 2022

TCTA has been urging budget writers to significantly increase state funding for both active teacher health care and a mandatory teacher pay raise in…