Legislative Updates

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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TRTA Working with Texas State Senators on Legislation

Yesterday, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) provided an update about some of the work being done to help public education retirees this session. Great solutions are developing for the TRS-Care funding shortfall, and many legislators are looking at ways to provide possible benefit increases to annuitants of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS).

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Final Action on TRS-Care Funding Still Pending

Two weeks ago, members of the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) were excited to hear about the Texas Senate’s intention to fully fund the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program shortfall. As you may know, the shortfall is expected to reach nearly $770 million.

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TRTA Convention and Day at the Capitol Wrap-Up

Last week, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) held its 62nd Annual Convention in Austin, Texas on April 6-7, followed by an exciting Day at the Capitol event on April 8.

Nearly 1,000 members joined us for the Convention, held at the JW Marriott in downtown Austin. Convention attendees and hundreds of additional local TRTA members joined forces at the Texas Capitol last Wednesday for TRTA’s Day at the Capitol. The membership group gathered to meet with legislators, be honored in both the Texas Senate and House and enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream social.

 

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Texas House Approves Supplemental Funding for TRS-Care, Senate Budget Still Pending

In yesterday’s Inside Line, the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) reported that the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 1, the state budget bill that included funding for the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) pension fund.

TRTA also noted that on Wednesday, April 1, the House would continue budget talks and take a vote on House Bill 2, the bill that includes emergency funding for various agencies, including the TRS-Care retiree health insurance program.
 

 

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