News from the Pink Dome

A ton of activity occurred under the Pink Dome this week.

On Monday, the Senate passed SB 12, which would increase the state’s teacher retirement pension fund as well as provide a one-time additional payment to all TRS retirees.

On Tuesday, the full House passed Representative Darby’s HB 1101 , which changes the current name of Southwest Collegiate Institute for the Deaf to the Southwest College for the Deaf.

The House Public Education Committee took up 35 bills relating to school safety and security. HB 3470 was heard in committee, which would allow TSD’s governing board to employ security personnel and enter in a MOU with a local law enforcement agency to provide school resource officers. The companion bill (SB 1707) was heard in Senate Education Committee the same day. Both bills were left pending in their respective committees.

After 11 hours of debate, the House passed SB 500, the supplemental budget bill, and HB 1, the General Appropriations Act. In the budget bill, selected TSD staff will see a salary adjustment, and some funding was appropriated towards the TSD campus master plan. Other TSD requests were included as part of the “wish list.” The bill now goes to the Senate.

On Thursday, the Senate Finance Committee gave preliminary approval to their version of the state budget, SB 1, which would provide 3 additional special education employees, furniture, buses and a utility truck, salary adjustment for selected TSD staff, and some funding towards TSD’s campus master plan. The committee will meet next Wednesday to give final approval.

Representative Mary Gonzalez’ technical change bill, HB 637, regarding superintendent salaries for TSD and TSBVI, has been referred to Senate Education Committee.

Senator Kirk Watson filed SR 512, which honors the TSD Lady Rangers. Mark your calendars for April 10th, when the Senate is expected to recognize the TSD Lady Rangers.

A list of bills we are tracking can be viewed HERE.

The House of Representatives adjourned until 10 a.m. Monday, April 1.

The Senate adjourned until 2 p.m. Monday, April 1.

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