Articles from June 2017

In Memoriam: Correctional Officer Shana Tedder

Posted on 6/12/2017
TPEA extends its sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of Shana Tedder, a longtime TPEA member with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

From the Texas Tribune: Gov. Abbott Calls Special Session

Posted on 6/6/2017
Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday called a special session of the Texas Legislature starting July 18 and promised to make it a sweeping one if lawmakers cooperate.

Health Insurance Update

Posted on 6/2/2017
What can active and retired state employees expect in terms of health insurance costs during FY 2018?

Bill to End Payroll Deduction of Membership Dues Dies

Posted on 6/2/2017
Senate Bill 13, which would have ended payroll deduction of professional association membership dues for most public employees, including TPEA members, died in the House.

ERS Sunset Bill Passed

Posted on 6/2/2017
Most notable about the Sunset bill is what it doesn’t contain. This is a victory for the active and retired state workforce, especially given some of the detrimental proposals filed by lawmakers this session.

85th Legislative Session Wrap-up

Posted on 6/2/2017
Although fierce debates about sanctuary cities and “bathroom bills” dominated the session, lawmakers also passed the budget bill they are constitutionally required to pass, as well as the Employees Retirement System (ERS) Sunset bill.