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921 Bills Prefilled for Texas' 88th Legislative Session

Nov. 14 was the first day of bill prefiling for Texas' upcoming 88th Legislative Session, and 921 bills and resolutions were filed (646 House bills and 198 Senate bills). 

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House Pensions Committee Seeks Public Testimony

The Texas House Pension, Investments and Financial Services Committee is hosting a public hearing at 10 a.m. CT on Monday, June 6, 2022, regarding the operation of the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and its school district employee benefits program participation. 

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Upcoming Interim Legislative Hearings

Below is a list of upcoming or recently held interim Texas legislative hearings TEXPERS' System Members and others interested in managing public employee pensions in the state might be interested in following. The topics either directly or indirectly impact pension management or governance issues. 

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Upcoming Interim Legislative Hearings

The following list is a compilation of the upcoming interim legislative hearings that might interest TEXPERS' System Members. Hearing dates and times are subject to change. Please note that additional hearings dates may also be added at any time. Items directly impacting pensions are highlighted in yellow.

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Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick Announces Committee Appointments

Due to the impending retirement of three Texas senators, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick announced on March 23 the appointments of their replacements to serve on committees during the interim leading up to the 88th Legislative Session.

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House Interim Committee Charges Could Impact Management of Public Pensions

Dade Phelan, the Republican Speaker of the Texas House, announced some of the key policy priorities for the 2023 legislative session. Some of his priorities have direct and indirect implications for managing public employee pensions.

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March 1, 2022, is Primary Election Day in Texas

The Texas 2022 Primary Election is set for Tuesday, March 1st, 2022. Due to redistricting, all 181 legislative seats are up for re-election this year. If needed, primary election runoffs will be held on May 24th, 2022.

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Texas House Speaker Announces Appointments to Sunset Advisory Commission

House Speaker Dade Phelan, R-Beaumont, recently announced his appointments to the Texas Sunset Advisory Commission, which determines when state agencies will be abolished if the Legislature doesn't act to extend them. 

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Pensions Committee Vice-chair to Leave House Post to Seek Senate Seat

Texas Rep. Tan Parker, R-Flower Mound, announced that he is not seeking re-election to his District 63 seat. Instead, he is running to replace Sen. Jane Nelson, who is vacating Senate District 12, an area that went through some shifting due to redistricting. 

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State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr. Announces Retirement

State Sen. Eddie Lucio Jr., D-Brownsville, the third-most senior member of the Texas Senate, is retiring after three decades serving District 27.

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State Representative Announces Retirement

Rep. Dan Huberty, R-Houston, is retiring from the Texas House. 

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Legislative Happenings

 

The state's 87th regular legislative session got underway on Jan. 4, 2021 and adjourned May 31, 2021. The governor called three special sessions. TEXPERS, along with the association's Legislative Committee and legislative consultant, is monitoring the sessions, especially for any actions regarding public employee pensions. TEXPERS staff will regularly update this blog page with the latest happenings that may be of interest to trustees and administrators of public employee retirement systems.

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Passage of SB 321 Would Hurt Secure Retirement

 

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