Legislative Updates

TRTA Interim Update: Full Steam Ahead!

The regular session of the 84th Texas Legislature has ended well for members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). Governor Greg Abbott recently signed House Bill 2 into law, which provides $768 million to fill the TRS-Care funding shortfall.

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Thanking Mike Lehr and Tom Pritchard

Many of our members may know and remember two great leaders in both the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) and Texas Retired Teachers Foundation (TRTF): Mike Lehr and Tom Pritchard. Both gentlemen have served in multiple capacities for both organizations, guiding not only legislative activity, but also charitable giving and promoting the legacy of public education in Texas.

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Closing Out the 84th Texas Legislative Session (FEATURING NEW TRTATV EPISODE)

On Monday, June 1, the 84th Texas Legislative Session came to the end of its 140 day journey. At the beginning of the 2015, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) sought to solve a massive budget deficit to TRS-Care, the health insurance program more than 240,000 retired public educators rely upon, and protect the provisions passed last session that made the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) actuarially sound.

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HB 2 Passes, On its Way to the Governor

House Bill 2, the supplemental appropriations bill which includes funding for the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program shortfall, passed the Texas House of Representatives last night! The bill, which received just one dissenting vote, is now on its way to Governor Greg Abbott’s desk.

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Action Alert Thanking Senators for HB 2, HB 2168 Explained

In yesterday’s Inside Line, members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) were grateful to hear about the passage of House Bill 2 in the Senate, as well as the passage of House Bill 2168. As you know, House Bill 2 includes funding to shore up the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program. We appreciate the positive vote from the Senate for the $768 million to keep TRS-Care afloat and protect retiree premiums for the coming biennium.

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TRS-Care Funding Receives Senate Approval

The bill funding TRS-Care’s budget shortfall has passed in the Texas Senate. House Bill 2 promises to add $768 million to TRS-Care during the 2016-2017 biennium. TRS-Care is the health insurance program more than 240,000 retired public educators rely upon.

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84th Legislative Session: Down to the Wire! (Featuring New TRTATV Episode)

The 84th session of the Texas Legislature is nearing an end, as June 1—the final day the regular session—approaches quickly. The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is visiting Senators and Representatives daily to encourage passage of multiple bills that would impact retired school personnel.

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Full Steam Ahead into the Last Month of Session (Featuring Action Alert!)

The Texas Retired Teachers Association’s (TRTA) legislative agenda is progressing in the Texas Legislature. TRS-Care, the health insurance program more than 240,000 retired public educators rely upon, is on the verge of receiving $768 million to fund its budget shortfall. We have many people to thank for the attention and urgency legislators applied to the TRS-Care issue.

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Pensions Committee Considering Ways to Help Retirees

During a May 4 meeting, the Texas House Pensions Committee reviewed seven bills that if passed would provide benefit increases for annuitants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS). The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) was present at the hearing, with many members attending and testifying. Below is a list of bills that were considered during Monday’s hearing.

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TRTA Requesting Your Support in Passage of State and Congressional Bills (Featuring Video Content Including Tim Lee and Bill Barnes)

The Texas Legislative Session ends in 38 days. The funding bill for the 84th Texas Legislature is in its final phases, and it will include approximately $770 million toward TRS-Care, the health care program more than 240,000 retired public school educators rely upon.

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