Teachers to rally against Senate Bill 13

In an unprecedented move, three new Republican lawmakers voted against the bill, joining a Democrat. Legislative Spotlight On the legislative front, our work continues to promote students, institutions of higher education and businesses that create jobs and economic activity.

The committee did pass on a 10-9 vote a bill to clarify that people attending a public meeting can take photos and record the meeting.

He added that not all teachers have credit cards or bank accounts and if automatic payroll deductions are banned, Godsey said membership numbers would definitely drop.

On Tuesday, the Public Health Committee approved the bill in a 5-2 vote, sending it to the full House for consideration.

Local Sens. Richard Alloway, R-York, Adams, Cumberland and Franklin counties, Mike Folmer, R-York and Lebanon counties, and Mike Regan, R-Dillsburg, serve as cosponsors on Wagner's bill. Coming Up Please make plans to visit the Capitol and attend the following events: February 15 & 16 - Nacogdoches/SFA days at the Capitol February 27 & 28 - Jacksonville Leadership Institute My staff and I look forward to meeting people from all across East Texas and showing them our Texas Capitol.

"We really believe this bill is about silencing educators, keeping them out of the political process", said Gary Godsey, Executive Director Association of the Texas Professional Educators, or ATPE. From a broader policy perspective, both of these bills would advance the state's 60 x 30 Texas initiative, which sets the goal of educating 60 percent of 25- to 34-year-old Texans so they hold a certificate or degree by the year 2030. The bill, which is now being sent to the House for consideration, would keep elected officials who are convicted of felonies from staying in office and receiving a state pension. Committee members said there are already provisions in the law that allow states to deal with this issue.

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee is holding a public hearing Monday morning on Senate Bill 13, which would prohibit automatic payroll deductions, with exceptions for police and firefighters unions.

JS: Is that in the House and the Senate?

And, finally, of course the budget. If the chambers do not agree, they appoint a conference committee, which can develop compromise language which then goes to each chamber for a vote.

  • Zachary Reyes