Phone Calls Needed–1.888.674.3788 (TRTA Legislator Hotline)
TRTA Members, We Need Your Help!!
As you may have read recently in the Inside Line, Representative Jim Keffer in the Texas House of Representatives filed HB 1383. This bill would raise the state contribution to the TRS pension fund to 6.9% in FY2014 and 7.4% in FY2015.
We need your help to contact all Texas House members today, asking for their support on HB 1383!
HB 1383 needs co-sponsors. Please call your legislator today and ask them to co-sponsor HB 1383! (Click here to see a list of bill co-sponsors. Be sure to call and thank your legislator if they are already on the list!)
We also need your help to move HB 103 and SB 643, bills filed by Representative Larry Gonzales and Senator Bob Deuell respectively.
HB 103 and SB 643 are supplemental payment bills that would authorize TRS to make an extra benefit payment to TRS annuitants under certain conditions. We want these bills to gain traction and momentum in the legislative process.
Please call your Senator and Representative today and ask them to support SB 643 (check co-sponsors) and HB 103 (check co-sponsors)! We need these bills to receive hearings!
Though we usually ask you to send emails through our action alerts, today we are asking you to reach out with a phone call and a friendly voice!
The easiest way to get in touch with your legislators is to call the legislative hotline:1.888.674.3788.
If you are not sure who your legislators are, you can use this helpful feature on the Texas Legislature website: click here to find my legislator. When you enter your address and select “Submit,” this feature provides you with the names of your legislators and their contact information.
Please call your Texas State Senator and your Texas State Representative today! Remember, the message is simple:
Texas House Members
1.Please co-sponsor HB 1383.
2.Please co-sponsor HB 103.
3.These bills need a hearing. They have been referred to House Pensions Committee. Please ask your colleague and House Pensions Committee Chairman, Bill Callegari, to call these bills for a hearing as quickly as possible.
Texas Senate Members
1.Please co-sponsor SB 643
2.This bill needs a hearing. It has been referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee. Please ask your colleague and Senate State Affairs Committee Chairman, Robert Duncan, to call this bill for a hearing as quickly as possible.
We need as many co-sponsors as we can get for these bills. Let’s do a big push this week and see how many more legislators will sign on to support public education retirees!
Please tell your legislators or their staff members that now is the time to make the TRS pension fund actuarially sound and provide financial help for retirees who have not received a permanent annuity increase in 12 long years! CALL TODAY! 1.888.674.3788.
Thank you for your help and for being a member of TRTA. We still have a long way to go this session, but gaining support on these vital bills is the first and most significant step!
If you are not a member and want more information about joining our efforts to protect and improve TRS, please contact us at 1.800.880.1650.