Senate Finance Committee Chair Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) appointed the Senate workgroups that will address the specific articles of the appropriations bill this session. These groups will develop the final recommendations for inclusion in Senate Bill 1, the budget bill.

Article III is the section of the budget that includes TEA/public education funding and the Teacher Retirement System. That group will be headed by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) - chair of the Senate Education Committee - and also includes Sens. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), and Royce West (D-Dallas).

This group is different, with a separate mission, from the Senate Finance working groups that are addressing school finance and health insurance