Legislative

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.

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.   

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