Legislative Special Session

With the Special Legislative Session beginning this week, the spotlight is not on higher education, though TACT will continue to monitor issues for those affecting faculty. The Governor has only mentioned 20 issues that might be fair game during these 30 days, but already hundreds of pieces of legislation have been filed. As always, many bills address public education, which TACT emphasized as a priority during the Regular Session. The bills filed mentioning higher education are limited to:

SB 29 Relating to a reporting requirement for certain incidents of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking at certain public and private institutions of higher education; creating a criminal offense; authorizing administrative penalties.

HB 76 Relating to a supplemental appropriation for Teacher Retirement System of Texas retiree health

HB 80 Relating to a cost-of-living adjustment applicable to certain benefits paid by the Teacher Retirement System of Texas

HB 113 Relating to requiring a public institution of higher education to post on its internet website a status report regarding certain disciplinary processes involving an incident of sexual assault or sexual harassment