The Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA) is busy addressing our major legislative initiatives during the 84th Texas Legislature. These initiatives include addressing the nearly $750 million shortfall facing the TRS-Care health insurance program. TRTA is also focused on protecting the Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS) defined benefit pension plan, which was made actuarially sound through legislation passed in 2013 (Senate Bill 1458). This session, TRTA will work with legislators to find ways to improve benefits for all TRS retirees.

Members of the Texas Senate were named to committees late last week. TRTA members should pay especially close attention to the Senate Finance and Senate State Affairs committees, as those committees will be responsible for determining any changes made to the pension fund or TRS-Care.

As of today, the Texas House committee members have not yet been named. We expect to hear more about House committee appointments soon.

TRTA is working closely with several legislators to propose legislation that would provide a great benefit to TRS retirees. We will keep you posted on these efforts as they develop.

For a complete list of all Texas Senate committees and their members, please read below:

 

Committee on Administration

Hancock, Kelly | Chair

Uresti, Carlos | Vice Chair

Campbell, Donna

Eltife, Kevin

Huffines, Don

Schwertner, Charles

West, Royce

Committee on Agriculture, Water and Rural Affairs

Perry, Charles | Chair

Zaffirini, Judith | Vice Chair

Creighton, Brandon

Hall, Bob

Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy”

Kolkhorst, Lois

Rodriguez, José

Committee on Business and Commerce

Eltife, Kevin | Chair

Creighton, Brandon | Vice Chair

Ellis, Rodney

Huffines, Don

Schwertner, Charles

Seliger, Kel

Taylor, Larry

Watson, Kirk

Whitmire, John

Committee on Criminal Justice

Whitmire, John | Chair

Huffman, Joan | Vice Chair

Burton, Konni

Creighton, Brandon

Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy”

Perry, Charles

Van de Putte, Leticia

Committee on Education

Taylor, Larry | Chair

Lucio Eddie, Jr. | Vice Chair

Bettencourt, Paul

Campbell, Donna

Garcia, Sylvia

Huffines, Don

Kolkhorst, Lois

Rodriguez, José

Seliger, Kel

Taylor, Van

West, Royce

Committee on Finance

Nelson, Jane | Chair

Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy” | Vice Chair

Bettencourt, Paul

Eltife, Kevin

Hancock, Kelly

Huffman, Joan

Kolkhorst, Lois

Nichols, Robert

Schwertner, Charles

Seliger, Kel

Taylor, Larry

Uresti, Carlos

Watson, Kirk

West, Royce

Whitmire, John

Committee on Health and Human Services

Schwertner, Charles | Chair

Kolkhorst, Lois | Vice Chair

Campbell, Donna

Estes, Craig

Perry, Charles

Rodriguez, José

Taylor, Van

Uresti, Carlos

Zaffirini, Judith

Committee on Higher Education

Seliger, Kel | Chair

West, Royce | Vice Chair

Bettencourt, Paul

Burton, Konni

Perry, Charles

Van de Putte, Leticia

Watson, Kirk

Committee on Intergovernmental Relations

Lucio, Eddie Jr. | Chair

Bettencourt, Paul | Vice Chair

Campbell, Donna

Garcia, Sylvia

Nichols, Robert

Taylor, Larry

Van de Putte, Leticia

Committee on Natural Resources and Economic Development

Fraser, Troy | Chair

Estes, Craig | Vice Chair

Birdwell, Brian

Hall, Bob

Hancock, Kelly

Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy”

Lucio, Eddie Jr.

Nichols, Robert

Uresti, Carlos

Seliger, Kel

Zaffirini, Judith

Committee on Nominations

Birdwell, Brian | Chair

Taylor, Van | Vice Chair

Burton, Konni

Fraser, Troy

Estes, Craig

Rodriguez, José

Watson, Kirk

Committee on State Affairs

Huffman, Joan | Chair

Ellis, Rodney | Vice Chair

Birdwell, Brian

Creighton, Brandon

Estes, Craig

Fraser, Troy

Nelson, Jane

Schwertner, Charles

Zaffirini, Judith

Committee on Transportation

Nichols, Robert | Chair

Huffines, Don | Vice Chair

Ellis, Rodney

Fraser, Troy

Garcia, Sylvia

Hall, Bob

Hancock, Kelly

Kolkhorst, Lois

Taylor, Van

Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations

Campbell, Donna | Chair

Burton, Konni | Vice Chair

Birdwell, Brian

Garcia, Sylvia

Hall, Robert

Lucio, Eddie Jr.

Rodriguez, José

Border Security Subcommittee

Birdwell, Brian | Chair

Hall, Bob | Vice Chair

Lucio, Eddie Jr.

 

Thank You!

Please be sure to stay tuned into the Inside Line throughout the 84th Legislative Session, as we will be bringing you all the latest updates on bills concerning TRS-Care and the continued funding of the TRS pension trust fund.

Thank you for your membership in the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). If you are not a member of TRTA and want more information about joining, please contact us at 1.800.880.1650. Follow us on Facebook! Visit our YouTube channel for regular video updates.