TCTA | Updates from the Capitol
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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.

Budget bill, TRS Sunset bill, and others on the move

Apr 29, 2021

The culling of bills has begun, as House committees wind down their activity on House bills and will begin to focus on legislation coming over from…

Federal funds partially released

Apr 28, 2021

State leaders have announced the release of a portion of the federal funds due to Texas schools as a result of recent federal legislation. Of the…

House Pub Ed hearing

Apr 27, 2021

Points of order and related parliamentary issues have plagued the House this session. An early example came during a meeting of the House Elections…

House passes budget, adopts anti-voucher amendment

Apr 23, 2021

The Texas House passed its version of the state budget (SB 1) late Thursday night. With fewer fireworks than usual, lawmakers adopted 146 amendments…

Bills that have passed the House or Senate

Apr 22, 2021

More than 50 education-related bills have gotten halfway through the legislative process. The state budget (the only bill the Legislature is required…

Senate Ed hears bill to allow districts to withdraw from ActiveCare

Apr 22, 2021

The Senate Education Committee heard these bills at its Thursday meeting.

House adopts TCTA salary protection provision

Apr 21, 2021

Wednesday morning the House took up HB 1525, the HB 3 "clean-up bill” by Rep. Dan Huberty that primarily addresses technical issues from last…

TRS Sunset bill moving on to Senate floor consideration

Apr 21, 2021

The Senate Administration Committee voted out the TRS Sunset bill Wednesday afternoon. The Senate sponsor of HB 1585, Sen. Eddie Lucio, laid out two…

Senate Ed considers special education voucher bill

Apr 20, 2021

The Senate Education Committee heard nine bills, including one that would essentially create a voucher program for special education services. SB…

Senate committee approves major changes to state employee retirement system

Apr 19, 2021

A bill significantly revising the state employees’ retirement system was heard and passed out of the Senate Finance Committee Monday. SB 321 does not…