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.

Special session set for July 8

Jul 1, 2021

Gov. Greg Abbott said lawmakers will return to Austin on July 8 for a special session. His office has yet to release details about which items will…

Session ends Monday after eventful weekend

Jun 1, 2021

The 87th session of the Texas Legislature ended Monday afternoon, after an eventful weekend culminating in House Democrats walking out Sunday to…

Mom and Dad are fighting again

May 27, 2021

As is typical in the final days of a session, the House and Senate are creating drama over each chamber’s treatment of the other’s bills. With a…

State budget headed to governor's desk

May 27, 2021

The only "must-have" bill of the session has now been finally passed by both the House and the Senate, and is headed to Gov. Abbott's desk.

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…

Session mood changes as House and Senate spar over electricity pricing

Mar 16, 2021

The first serious spat between House and Senate leadership occurred Tuesday afternoon when House Speaker Dade Phelan informed Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick…

TCTA again named top teacher lobby team in Texas

Mar 9, 2021

Capitol Inside, nationally recognized for its political reporting, publishes the Texas Lobby Power Rankings at the beginning of each session.…

House and Senate still moving slowly

Mar 3, 2021

After meeting briefly Wednesday, both the House and Senate adjourned until next Tuesday, March 9.

Legislative meetings canceled this week

Feb 18, 2021

Neither the House, Senate, or legislative committees met this week due to the serious winter storm that affected most of the state.The House had…