With just three weeks to go in the 140-day regular session, big issues remain unresolved, including the shape of the 2018-19 state budget for public education and retiree health care. Texas AFT will convene our final Tele-Town Hall of the session on Thursday, May 11, at 5:30 pm. In the Tele-Town Hall you can anticipate an update and status report on all the big issues, along with action steps you can take to help sway the legislative outcomes. Stay tuned for more information in upcoming emails from us, but you can RSVP here and we’ll call you at the time of the Tele-Town Hall.
This week the focus at the Capitol has shifted dramatically from committee action to the action on the floor of each chamber, especially in the House, where firm deadlines for floor consideration of bills kick in over the next few days. Monday is the very last day for House bills to be reported from House committees. Tuesday is the last day for the Calendars Committee to set House bills on the House floor schedule. Thursday is the last day for bills to pass on second reading on the House floor. House bills not voted through to third reading by midnight Thursday are dead. (However, bills that do not make the midnight deadline on their own can still be resurrected as amendments to other bills passed by the Senate. The Hotline will keep you posted on what’s happening and not happening over the next three weeks on matters of importance to teachers and all education employees.