I am very happy to announce that the House adopted Rep. Phil King's amendment regarding peace officers' retirement under TRS!
However, the process is not done yet. On Monday, the House will have a second reading of the amendments and will vote one more time to adopt the amendment, but that should go smoothly. After that, it will go to a conference committee of House and Senate members. Three things can happen in the committee: 1) the amendment can be approved, 2) the bill may not come out of committee - which would leave us under our current retirement plan, or 3) our amendment could be removed - worst case. The conference committee reports then go back to the House and Senate for approval. If it makes it through the two houses, then it goes to the Governor.
I spoke with Chris Jones (CLEAT) a few moments ago from the Capitol. He says his sources tell him that our amendment should be looked on favorably by the committee. I would like to thank Chris for his hard work on this bill. Folks, he has to get in the trenches and fight so we can keep our retirement plan. I cannot properly convey the amount of work that Chris and CLEAT have done on our behalf in this matter. I encourage each of you to send a word of thanks to this Legislative Warrior - and retired cop. His email is firstname.lastname@example.org .
I will monitor the bill as it continues on its way and keep you all informed of any significant matters. Remember May 27th is the last day of the Texas Legislature's 83rd Regular Session, and June 16th is the last day the Governor can sign or veto bills passed during the regular session. So their time is almost up.
We are almost there folks, but get ready for one big final push. STAY STRONG! And now would be a good time to join TSPA at www.tspa.name!
--- Heath Cariker