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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 calls for state funding boosts for active teacher health care, retiree annuities

Jun 9, 2022

TCTA urged lawmakers to consider a permanent solution to rising health care costs for active teachers who have seen their paychecks steadily eroded…

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.

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.

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.

Session ends with 13th check approval, CRT changes and more

Sep 3, 2021

The House and Senate adjourned "sine die" Thursday evening, putting an end to the second special session. The legislature passed bills addressing…

13th check, virtual instruction bills pass House on initial vote

Aug 27, 2021

At around 10:15 Friday night, the Texas House voted unanimously to pass SB 7, providing retirees with a bonus check up to $2,400.

13th check bill on Friday House calendar; mask mandates to be considered in Monday committee hearing

Aug 27, 2021

The House is set to consider two important education bills Friday: SB 7, the 13th check for TRS retirees; and SB 15, the legislation on virtual…

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.