Legislative Updates

TRTA Launches Membership Renewal Website

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) has been a thorn in retired educators’ sides for far too long. First implemented in 1983, the WEP prevents retired educators, as well as policemen and firefighters, from receiving the Social Security benefits they earned.

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Help Us Repeal the WEP by Visiting This Web Page

The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) has been a thorn in retired educators’ sides for far too long. First implemented in 1983, the WEP prevents retired educators, as well as policemen and firefighters, from receiving the Social Security benefits they earned.

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TRTA Standing Committee Meetings Underway

The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is as busy as ever, and already planning for the 85th Texas Legislative Session. During the past week and through August 14, TRTA is hosting its biannual standing committee meetings.

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This Week at TRTA!

Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) leaders and staff are busy this week as we host the District Presidents Leadership Training Conference (DPLTC). The three day event will be held at the Airport Hilton Hotel in Austin July 7-9.

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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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