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.

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 committee hears 13th check bill

Aug 24, 2021

The House Appropriations Committee met Monday afternoon to consider three bills including SB 7, the 13th check proposal by Sen. Joan Huffman.

Senate passes 13th check proposal

Jul 13, 2021

SB 7, legislation to provide school retirees with a supplemental check, passed the Texas Senate today on a 22-0 vote. If the bill eventually becomes…

House and Senate committees advance 13th check bills

Jul 9, 2021

Two bills providing a supplemental payment to school retirees passed out of committee during Friday meetings.

Abbott includes TRS 13th check in special session agenda

Jul 7, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott announced the agenda for the special session of the Texas Legislature that will begin Thursday, July 8. Lawmakers can only consider…

Key bills on teacher training, counselor duties and more hit the home stretch

May 25, 2021

Several bills of interest to educators have passed in recent days.

Return of the dead bills

May 24, 2021

In this final week of the legislative session, there are many education bills still moving, some in limbo, a handful that have made it to the…

Sen. Education Committee holds lengthy hearing on House bills

May 21, 2021

The Senate Education Committee had a long agenda for its Friday meeting, which could be its last of the session (though there is still a small amount…

On a day of controversial bills and unusual events, a few items related to education issues saw action

May 5, 2021

On Wednesday, the Senate took around six hours to debate a bill that will allow Texans to carry firearms without a permit. After several hours of…