The House Appropriations Committee scheduled a hearing for Tuesday, July 25, that includes a key Sunset bill and a number of bills important to teachers:

  • HB 20 by Rep. Trent Ashby appropriates $150 million from the Rainy Day Fund to TRS-Care to be used to lower deductibles and premiums over the next two years.
  • HB 24 by Rep. Drew Darby increases the minimum salary schedule and provides a pass-through salary increase of $1,000 beginning with the 2017-18 school year. Specifies that districts will receive state aid equal to $1,000 for each employee subject to the minimum salary schedule, funded through an appropriation from the Rainy Day Fund.
  • HB 76 by Darby appropriates $50 million out of general revenue to TRS-Care for the next two years.
  • HB 80 by Darby requires TRS to provide a cost-of-living adjustment to those who retired between Aug. 31, 2004, and Aug. 31, 2015, in the amount of three percent of the monthly annuity or $100, whichever is less.
  • HB 151 by Rep. Lance Gooden appropriates $1 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to reduce deductibles under the basic TRS-Care plan, provide first-dollar coverage for prescription drugs, provide subsidies for Medicare eligible participants or for dependent coverage, or otherwise reduce out-of-pocket costs for TRS-Care. TRS must use $250 million for each of the next four plan years for these purposes.
  • HJR 18 by Rep. Donna Howard proposes a constitutional amendment requiring the state to fund at least 50% of the cost of public education.