News from the Pink Dome

Monday is SINE DIE.

The big news came yesterday when the Governor, Lt. Governor, and the Speaker of the House held a news conference announcing a deal reached on school finance, HB 3. Although the bill is still getting its finishing touches, there is a website that champions THE TEXAS PLAN.

Rather than the $5,000 salary increase the Senate proposed or the across-the-board $1,388 pay increase proposed by the House, the Conference Committee agreed to what is expected to be a $4,000 pay increase for experienced teachers, librarians, counselors, and nurses.

On Tuesday, the House passed SB 11, the school safety bill. The legislation requires Texas Education Agency (TEA) and Texas School Safety Center (TSSC) to develop and implement provisions regarding school safety. The bill includes language that provides an annual allotment of $50 per ADA.

SB 10, which would create a consortium focus on mental health services in schools, was debated in the House. The bill was killed on a procedural technicality, but then the language was resurrected and placed on SB 11.

On Friday, the Conference Committee on SB 2, property tax reform bill, completed their negotiations. The report can be read HERE. The Texas Tribune provides an analysis HERE.

SB 500, the supplemental bill, SB 11, school safety bill, and SB 12, TRS contributions bill, are in their respective conference committees. The legislature has until Sunday to adopt conference committee reports.

The Governor signed HB 2255, newborn and infant hearing screening bill, and will be in effect September 1, 2019.

HB 548, ERCOD/TEA/HHSC partnership data collection language acquisition of kids eight years old and under, is on its way to the Governor’s desk. It was originally SB 895, but the language was added as a Senate amendment to HB 548. The House approved the Senate change on Thursday.

SB 281, terminology bill, SB 1707, duties of an SRO, are on the Governor’s desk awaiting his signature.

HB 637, which relates to conflicting language regarding TSD and TSBVI superintendent’s salaries, reached the Senate Intent Calendar, but didn’t make the deadline.

As of Thursday, several legislators filed resolutions honoring our TSD graduating seniors: HR 1933, HR 2021, SR 752, SR 753, SR 754, SR 755, and SR 758.

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

The House of Representatives will be working this weekend.

The Senate will be working this weekend.

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