Legislative

Hazlewood Fix Passed by Senate

One of TACT’s primary legislative issues – the unfunded mandate of Hazlewood – took a major step forward yesterday as the Senate passed Senator Birdwell’s SB 1735.  TACT is always quick to clarify that the organization is not taking a position on the appropriate level of assisting veterans and their families, but that it is a realization that the Legislature will never be able to keep up with the burgeoning costs to universities and tuition-paying students.  
 

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.

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