Want Your Opinion to Be Heard? Submit to the eBulletin!

Has something gotten you really TACT-off lately?  Are you ready to present your opinions to your fellow colleagues?  Or, is there something positive you’ve learned about teaching this year that you just have to share with your fellow members?

Then start your summer off right and submit for the TACT May eBulletin.  We’re ready for some great content to kick-start the long, hot summer, and this will be your last chance to submit timely articles regarding the 82nd Legislative Session.

Statesman Editorial Agrees with TACT

Things are heating up at the Capitol, and the Austin papers are getting hot on topics relating to higher education.  Yesterday’s Austin American Statesman ran the following editorial, concerning guns on campus. The Senate version of the bill, SB 354, is currently pending in committee while the House version, HB 457, will be debated on the floor on Wednesday, March 30th.

Committee Hearing for Concealed Carry Legislation

The House Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee will hear testimony on concealed carry on campus legislation on Wednesday, March 16, 2011.  All four bills in the House, HB 86, HB 698, HB 750, HB 1167,

Concealed Handgun Carry Resolution

TACT has been busy advocating for faculty rights at the Capitol, and now we’re putting our views into writing.  See our new resolution on Concealed Handgun Carry.

TACT vehemently opposes that students should be allowed to carry concealed weapons on college campuses, as our research and reason shows that the effects of such a bill would be disastrous.  This resolution will soon be put before the Legislature and presented to media sources.

Provide your feedback at www.tact.org by taking our new poll, or signing in and commenting on this news item.  We want to hear from you, whether your views are in alignment or opposition.  Stand up and fight for your rights!  Let yourself be heard. 

To make sure our advocacy is continually funded, contribute to the Government Relations Fund, or call TACT at 512-419-9275 today.

Urgent Legislative Updates

Yesterday was a big day for TACT issues in committees.

Senate Higher Education passed SB 67, a bill that would provide paid leave to faculty who are victims of assault.  TACT registered in favor of this legislation.

Senate Finance received a report from the Legislative Budget Board staff about the base bill funding of Optional Retirement Program and Teacher Retirement System.  Budgeted appropriations levels have been dropped to the constitutional minimum of six percent of salary.  TACT expressed opposition to the reduced funding.

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