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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.

House and Senate committees hear retiree benefits bills; Senate version advances

Mar 22, 2023

The Senate Finance Committee and the House Pensions, Investments and Financial Services Committee heard bills that would provide significant…

House subcommittee makes early determination on spending levels, approves health insurance assistance

Mar 15, 2023

A House Appropriations Committee subcommittee approved $5 billion in additional spending for public education, at least part of which is intended for…

Senate approves bill including partial TRS COLA funding

Mar 15, 2023

The Texas Senate approved SB 30 Wednesday on a 30-0 vote. The bill includes $1 billion to help fund benefit increases for retirees.

Senate Finance hears TCTA priorities

Feb 6, 2023

TCTA presented extensive written testimony to the Senate Finance Committee in support of a teacher pay raise and other budget priorities for the…

Back to Business: Texas lawmakers to grapple with significant challenges during the 2023 session

Jan 1, 2023

Texas lawmakers will likely have more money than they can spend when the 88th Legislature convenes in Austin on Jan. 10.

Teacher pay, school safety, benefit boost for retirees among Patrick's top priorities for 2023

Nov 30, 2022

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick included increased teacher pay, school safety and a benefit boost for retired teachers among his top budget priorities for the…

TCTA provides input on TRS pension fund, ActiveCare at House hearing

Sep 8, 2022

TCTA submitted written testimony about the TRS pension fund and TRS-Active Care during a Sept. 8 hearing of the House Appropriations Committee.

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.