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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.

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’…

Senate Education votes out bills including public school choice transfer expansion

Apr 27, 2023

The Senate Education Committee held this week’s hearing Thursday, but closer attention is due to the bills that are moving out of the committee, as…

House approves teacher pay, retention bills

Apr 26, 2023

Wednesday’s House floor debate included the two major teacher bills from the House, HB 11 (Rep. Harold Dutton) and HB 100 (Rep. Ken King).

School safety bills pass House; panic alert device bill headed to governor

Apr 25, 2023

The House passed (on the first of two votes) three school safety bills, including requirements to have armed security on every campus and install…

Next phase of budget work gets underway

Apr 20, 2023

Budget conference committee sets up voucher showdown.

Bill hearings include elimination of 4-day instructional week; prohibition on mid-year retirements

Apr 20, 2023

The House Pension, Investments and Financial Services Committee and the Senate Education Committee both held hearings Wednesday.

More legislation reaching the House and Senate floors

Apr 19, 2023

As we near the end of April, the work of House and Senate committees is reaching a peak, and more bills are headed to the floor. Here are just a few…

House Pub Ed hearing includes UIL scheduling, bilingual expansion

Apr 19, 2023

Tuesday's meeting of the House Public Education Committee included bills on UIL scheduling, expansion of bilingual education, and limits on school…

Youth Health and Safety Committee takes up "handle with care" bill

Apr 17, 2023

A bill by Rep. Donna Howard would provide an opportunity for law enforcement agencies to notify districts about students who have experienced a…

Budget now through House and Senate

Apr 17, 2023

The Legislature's only "must" bill, the state budget for the upcoming two fiscal years, has now passed both the House and the Senate - but…