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28 Aug 2021
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Senate Bill 7 Passes Through Texas House

Senate Bill 7, the bill that would provide a supplemental payment to eligible TRS retirees if passed, was debated on Friday, August 27, on the House floor in the Texas Legislature.

In a moment that seemed to be building all day with anticipation, Texas House members shouted “Aye!” when the vote on SB 7 was called to move the bill into its final stages of being passed.

Watch the video clip below. TRTA was onsite when the vote was called and many waves and thumbs up were directed toward the gallery after the vote by Texas House members who were showing support for TRTA and our members!

Thank you to the bill sponsor, Rep. Glenn Rogers (R – Graford), and all those in the chamber who demonstrated a strong show of support for TRS retirees!

What it means. SB 7 authorizes a supplemental payment to retired educators equal to the lesser of a retiree’s current monthly annuity or $2,400 dollars.

In addition to authorizing the payment, the Legislature is appropriating $701 million in General Revenue, which would be provided by House Bill 5  by Rep. Greg Bonnen (R – Friendswood). HB 5 is not on the calendar for debate yet.

What you can do. The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) supports SB 7 and HB 5. We have worked in both special sessions to help get these bills passed. We are asking our members to stay tuned to TRTA updates as we monitor the progress of HB 5, so that we can ensure funding for SB 7 is obtained. The bill may come up for debate in the just a few days.

TRTA will continue to support legislative action to address a cost-of-living increase for retired educators as soon as possible.

Thank You!

Please stay tuned to the Inside Line for news, as well as information about bills that are filed and urgent Action Alerts that will be needed on our vital issues!

As many of you have mentioned in your emails to us, TRTA’s work on the WEP and GPO is underway even while we are working on the supplemental increase. We are engaged with Congressional leaders and our state and national partners to help pass WEP reform immediately.

TRTA members, please pay your membership dues. Help us keep TRTA strong! TRTA focuses solely on your TRS retirement security! The $35 annual membership fee you invest in TRTA is money well spent. It keeps this organization strong, active, vocal, and visible here in Texas and in Washington, DC!

Please join us today! If you’re already a member, be sure to renew your dues.

Thank you for being a member of TRTA and supporting issues that affect retired Texas public school personnel. Be sure to download the TRTA app to receive all of the latest updates and communicate with your fellow retirees.

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26 Aug 2021
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SB 7 to Be Heard by Full House Tomorrow

Senate Bill 7 has been placed on the calendar for debate on the House floor tomorrow, August 27. SB 7 would provide a supplemental payment to eligible TRS retirees.

What it means. SB 7, if passed, would authorize a supplemental payment to retired educators equal to the lesser of a retiree’s current monthly annuity or $2,400 dollars. In addition to authorizing the payment, the Legislature is appropriating $701 million in General Revenue, which would be provided by House Bill 5  by Rep. Greg Bonnen (R – Friendswood). HB 5 isn’t on the calendar for debate yet.

Senate Bill 7, which passed out of the House Appropriations Committee earlier this week, has now been set for a debate and vote on the House floor tomorrow, August 27. The floor session will begin at approximately 10:00 a.m. and a live feed of the debate will be available from this website once it starts.

What you can do. Use our Action Alert to contact your Representative.

TRTA supports SB 7 and HB 5. We have worked in both special sessions to help get these bills passed. TRTA also supports Legislative action to address a cost-of-living increase for retired educators as soon as possible.

Stay tuned to TRTA updates as the bill progresses tomorrow as well as updates on HB 5!

Thank You!

Please stay tuned to the Inside Line for news, as well as information about bills that are filed and urgent Action Alerts that will be needed on our vital issues!

TRTA members, this is a friendly reminder that it’s time to pay your membership. Please help us keep TRTA strong! TRTA focuses solely on your TRS retirement security! The $35 annual membership fee you invest in TRTA is money well spent. It keeps this organization strong, active, vocal, and visible here in Texas and in Washington, DC! Please join us today! If you’re already a member, be sure to renew your dues.

Thank you for being a member of TRTA and supporting issues that affect retired Texas public school personnel. Be sure to download the TRTA app to receive all of the latest updates and communicate with your fellow retirees.

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23 Aug 2021
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Senate Bill 7 and House Bill 5 Heard in House Appropriations, Action Alert Included!

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The House Appropriations Committee met today, August 23, to discuss Senate Bill 7. The bill was laid out by House sponsor Representative Glenn Rogers (R – Graford). SB 7 would provide a supplemental payment to retired educators equal to the lesser of a retiree’s current monthly annuity or $2,400 dollars. In addition to authorizing the payment, the Legislature is appropriating $701 million in General Revenue, which would be provided by House Bill 5 by Rep. Greg Bonnen (R – Friendswood).

What does it mean? The supplemental payment would provide financial help to over 400,000 TRS retirees. This relief would help retirees pay for rising daily expenses, medical bills, home repairs, and much more. With the combined work of SB 7 and HB 5, the check gets authorization with no fiscal impact on the TRS fund.

Why does it matter? Inflation is on the rise. Over half of all current TRS retirees have never received an increase in their pension benefits. More than 136,000 TRS retirees earn less than $1,000 per month in their annuities and about 96% don’t receive any Social Security benefits. “They (retired educators) should not have to rely on food stamps or choose between food and going to the doctor,” said Rogers about the bill. “For some, this extra money is literally a lifesaver.”

What you can do. Use our Action Alert to contact your Representative.

TRTA supports SB 7 and HB 5. We have worked in both special sessions to help get these bills passed. TRTA also supports Legislative action to address a cost-of-living increase for retired educators as soon as possible. Legislators made comments at today’s hearing that suggest a supplemental payment should be passed this special session, and the next regular session should focus on a cost-of-living increase. TRTA agrees and we will continue to push for these outcomes.

The bill was left pending in committee. Stay tuned to TRTA updates as the bill progresses from committee to the full Texas House for a vote!

Thank You!

TRTA members, this is a friendly reminder that it’s time to pay your membership. Please help us keep TRTA strong!

TRTA focuses solely on your TRS retirement security! The $35 annual membership fee you invest in TRTA is money well spent.

It keeps this organization strong, active, vocal, and visible here in Texas and in Washington, DC! Please join us today!

If you’re already a member, be sure to renew your dues.

Thank you for being a member of TRTA and supporting issues that affect retired Texas public school personnel. Be sure to download the TRTA app to receive all of the latest updates and communicate with your fellow retirees.

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