Legislative Roundup: May 8

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The 86th Texas Legislature will be in session from January 8 through May 27. It meets biennially, and the budget that the Texas Legislature sets is in place for two years.

With a vote of 26-2, the Texas Senate approved their version of House Bill 3 which includes an increase in student funding, a prioritized $5000 raise for teachers and librarians, full-day pre-K for low-income students, and lower tax bills. It also includes money that would give bonuses to schools based on third-grade test scores as well as merit pay for “top-rated” teachers.

Initially, the Senate had included a plan for tax relief by increasing the state sales tax by 1 percentage point; however, the idea was an area of concern from lawmakers in both houses and in both parties. This was stripped from the bill, and a Tax Reduction and Excellence in Education Fund has been proposed as a means of getting $3 billion from various sources.

Before the bill is actually signed into law, the House and Senate will have to negotiate the differences in the bill.

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