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Texas House Votes To Help Retired Teachers With Health Care Costs

The Texas House voted overwhelmingly Tuesday for two bills that aim to help retired teachers.

The House voted for House Bill 20, which appropriates $212 million to help defray rising premium, deductible, and out-of-pocket costs for retired teachers. House Bill 80 provides the Teacher Retirement System with the opportunity to provide retirees with a cost-of-living adjustment.

In the regular legislative session earlier this year, the Texas House led the successful effort to close a $1 billion shortfall in TRS-Care, the health care program for retired teachers.

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Newsletter: Follow the Special Session

The special legislative session called by Governor Abbott is well underway. This week, the House again passed legislation needed to keep the Texas Medical Board operating. Many other issues have been moving through the committee process, where House members have worked diligently to listen to public input, build consensus, and get the details right.

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Newsletter: Ready to Work

The Texas House will be ready to get to work when we convene Tuesday for a 30-day special session.

Governor Abbott has announced that he wants the Legislature to consider about 20 proposals during the special session. As we go about our work, the House will take a rather simple approach to each issue: We will try to act in the best interest of the state of Texas and the communities we represent.

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Speaker Straus Highlights Importance of Great Public Schools

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus stressed the importance of great public schools during a recent speech to the Texas Association of School Boards in San Antonio. He also encouraged supporters of public education to continue pushing for school finance reforms that would improve public education and reduce the state's reliance on local property taxes. Please see highlights below. 


Speaker Straus Applauds Signing of CPS, Foster Care Bills

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus of San Antonio applauded Wednesday the signing of bills that aim to improve Child Protective Services and the state’s foster care system.

Leading up to this year’s legislative session, high-profile and tragic incidents put a spotlight on problems at CPS. Much of the focus was on high turnover among caseworkers tasked with protecting children from abuse. As a result, legislators approved the hiring of more than 1,400 additional caseworkers and authorized higher salaries in order to reduce turnover and bring stability to the workforce.

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