Legislative

TACT First Alert: 4/21/15

Legislative Session on Its Descent
 
The 84th Texas Legislature is past its midpoint, but still too early to measure.  While there seems to be plenty of money to spend wisely, the House and Senate budgets are far apart in style if not substance.  TRS-Care for retirees has been plugged, but the markers for tax reductions are becoming lines in the sand – leading some to predict a special session if only to adopt a budget.
 

TACT First Alert: 2/10/2015

Testimonials for Senate Bill 11

Senate State Affairs Committee will accept testimony on Senate Bill 11 and other guns on campus legislation beginning at 9:00 AM, Thursday, February 12.  If you would like to express your opinion in advance of the hearing, you may email the members below using this convention:

firstname.lastname@senate.state.tx.us
 

TACT First Alert: 1/26/15

Legislators Sworn In, Organizing
January 26, 2015

Governor inaugurated, check.  Speaker elected, check.  Senate two-thirds rule busted, check.  Education lobbyist staying up way too late dancing to Lady Antebellum, check.  The 84th Texas Legislature is underway.

DREAM Act Gathers Support

Only two days into the 84th Texas Legislative Session, supporters of the 2001 Texas DREAM Act are rallying. The Act, once supported by Governor Rick Perry and other Republicans, permits in-state tuition for immigrants, whether or not they are “legal.” Several statewide officials recently campaigned to repeal the Act.

Texas Universities Have Outgrown Their Walls

Efforts at Closing the Gaps succeeded – enrollments have ballooned.  New academic programs have been approved.  Larger class sizes can’t squeeze into 1970’s-style rooms.  Lab configurations couldn’t have been conceived for today’s science experiments and research.

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