First Alerts

TACT Spring Leadership Conference

Join us for the 2015 TACT Spring Leadership Conference

Attend the TACT Spring Conference and Capitol Visits!  Join us February 27th at the Embassy Suites Central – Austin (5901 North IH 35, Austin, 78723) for breakfast at the hotel and then leave for the Capitol at 8:30am.  Tickets are only $40 for a full day of learning, networking and lobbying for YOUR salary and retirement!  

Legislative Visits

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: 2/4/2015

Unfunded Mandate Receives Attention

TACT was an early and loud advocate for the Legislature to fund the Hazlewood Act, legislation that provides free tuition to military veterans and their children.  According to an article today in the Austin American-Statesman, universities absorbed the $169 million cost last year for 40,000 students while being reimbursed only $15 million.  The Legislative Budget Board estimates that the cost to universities, or the state if our appropriation request is enacted, will rise to $380 million by 2019.

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.