Legislative

Legislative Day at the State Capitol

Legislative Day at the State Capitol

Please join us on October 24, 2014 as we visit the legislators at the State Capitol. Several important legislative issues including handguns on campuses, higher education funding and faculty-driven assessment will be addressed.

TACT First Alert - September 24th, 2014

Lots of Guns on Campus – Senate Begins Budget Review

Within days, the Baylor Student Senate endorsed a change to the state statute to permit guns on campus, a Purdue student was sentenced to 65 years in prison for murdering another student in a classroom, and a TSTC student shot and killed himself in his campus dorm.  TACT will continue to lobby, as it has successfully for years, against any change to the status quo which would make more guns on campus legal.   

Senate Committee Discusses Teacher Preparation, Certification and Retention

The Interim Senate Higher Education Committee met this morning to take testimony on teacher issues.  The first panel comprised Education Commissioner Michael Williams and Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes.  Highlights included:

TACT Supports Fewer Guns

This past Monday, the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Rural Affairs and Homeland Security heard testimony in support of loosening the state’s gun laws—with an open carry measure at the top of the list. 

This means that “open carry” could be coming to your campus soon. 

 

TACT Corners House Speaker Straus

While attending a political event this past weekend, TACT Vice President of Legislative Affairs Mary Jo Garcia Biggs found the opportunity to visit briefly with Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.  After initially mentioning our concern that many candidates have expressed support for guns on campus legislation, she described how universities are losing top faculty due to uncompetitive compensation.  Several years ago, system chancellors were testifying that Texas was hiring top talent from states that entered the recession before Texas; now some of those same faculty members are moving out of state to places investing more heavily in top instructors and researchers.

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