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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.

Casino gaming bill, with revenue to benefit teacher salaries and benefits, on the House floor this week

May 11, 2023

A bill proposing a constitutional amendment to authorize casino gambling statewide, with 80% of tax revenues dedicated to teacher salaries and…

Voucher drama

May 10, 2023

A hastily-called meeting to vote on an extensive bill that includes a new testing system and a voucher plan was shot down in an unusual parliamentary…

SB 9, including Senate salary proposal, heard in House Public Education Tuesday night

May 10, 2023

The House Public Education Committee met until around 3:00 a.m. Wednesday morning, with an agenda that included SB 9, the legislation that includes…

HQIM/lesson plan bill approved by Senate Education Committee

May 8, 2023

HB 1605, the bill on high-quality instructional materials that proposes to make available pre-written lesson plans to districts, passed out of the…

Senate Education considers bill to protect UIL referees/judges from spectators

May 3, 2023

Like its House counterpart, the Senate Education Committee had a shorter-than-usual agenda this week. The schedule included legislation to protect…

House considers bills on pre-written lesson plans, elective firearms safety course

May 3, 2023

The House approved legislation on high-quality instructional materials, a priority of the Commissioner of Education.

Slight slowdown in the final weeks of the session

May 2, 2023

Many major bills have passed one chamber but not begun moving in the second, as each chamber is focusing on getting its own bills moving before…

House floor action includes standards for student electronics use

May 1, 2023

The House and Senate daily calendars are increasing in length at this point in the session, with a variety of education bills passing every day.

House approves TRS benefit increase

Apr 28, 2023

The House has passed SB 10, setting up negotiations between the House and Senate on their differing approaches to retiree benefit increases.

Bills approved by the House or Senate this week

Apr 28, 2023

As noted in other updates, floor action in the House and Senate is ramping up as committees are in their final weeks of hearing their own chambers’…