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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.

TCTA testifies about need to increase teacher pay and state contributions to health insurance

May 5, 2022

TCTA testified before lawmakers about the need to invest in public school teachers by increasing pay and state contributions to health insurance.

Bills on critical race theory, preventing sex abuse now in effect

Dec 2, 2021

Several laws passed in the Texas Legislature’s second special session are now in effect, including Senate Bill 3, which prevents the teaching of…

Special session ends

Oct 19, 2021

The third special session ended early Tuesday and lawmakers are headed home after passing bills on redistricting, property tax relief, and more.

Several bills on track to pass as third special session nears end

Oct 14, 2021

As the third special session of the Texas Legislature enters its final week, no bills have made it to Gov. Abbott’s desk, though several are on track…

House committees hear bills on federal funds, transgender students in UIL competitions

Oct 6, 2021

Bills addressing two of the priorities laid out by Gov. Abbott for the third special session - the distribution of federal funds and the regulation…

Senate passes resolution asking for help with school bus driver shortage

Oct 5, 2021

Senators discussed the role of the federal government in exacerbating the current shortage of school bus drivers.

Senate committee hears SB 8, House committee discusses student mental health issues

Oct 4, 2021

The Senate Finance Committee considered a bill to allocate some federal funds to TRS-Care and ActiveCare, while a special House committee considered…

New bill would use fed funds to pay for COVID claims in TRS-Care, ActiveCare

Oct 1, 2021

A bill filed Friday would cover COVID-related costs through Sep. 1, 2021, in the statewide retiree and active health insurance plans.

House Public Education Committee schedules hearing on migrant children in schools

Sep 23, 2021

While the House has yet to schedule hearings for Gov. Abbott's priority bills for the special session, the House Public Education Committee has…