Articles about the Legislature

Payroll Deduction Legislation Dies During Special Session

Posted on 8/19/2017
Both the House and Senate bills stalled in the House, largely due to the work of current and former TPEA board members who made numerous visits to the Capitol to express their concerns about the legislation.

Special Session Update: Dues Deduction Bill Passes Senate

Posted on 7/27/2017
Although the bill's supporters say the bill is anti-union, SB 7 as written exempts first-responder groups with national labor union affiliations while negatively affecting TPEA, a nonunion, nonpartisan, Texas-only membership association.

From the Texas Tribune: Texas Senate Moves to Fast-Track Special Session Agenda

Posted on 7/19/2017
On the opening day of the special session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick took a step to fast-track two bills reauthorizing the Texas Medical Board and four other state agencies jeopardized by inaction during the regular session.

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.

From the Texas Tribune: How to Kill a Bill in 140 Days (or Less)

Posted on 5/3/2017
The air in Austin is just starting to hint at the promise of summer. But in the Texas Capitol, a bleak, cold winter is coming. Bills that once blossomed with hope are withering quickly as crucial deadlines approach for the 85th Legislature.