#WhyGT Legislative Update
Chairman Larry Taylor confirmed that the G/T allotment will be added back into the bill through a floor amendment by Sen. Jane Nelson, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee.
Each week, the TAGT advocacy team will provide an update on legislative actions that could impact G/T students.
- Senate Version of HB 3, School Finance Bill: The Senate unveiled its version of school finance legislation Thursday morning and heard public testimony into the evening. While the Senate plan still invests more funds than currently allotted into public education, the Senate version changed much of the language that the House adopted, adding many new provisions and changing others. The revised HB 3, as presented this morning in the Senate, repeals the GT Allotment, but keeps the floor amendments TAGT championed in the House.
- Meanwhile, TAGT advocates heard Wednesday's call to action showed up! Amelia Phoenix, 9, and Katie Warren, 13, of Grapevine Colleyville ISD testified Thursday evening, making the case to include the G/T allotment in HB 3 (and possibly launching a 2040 Senate campaign). In response, Chairman Larry Taylor confirmed that the G/T allotment will be added back into the bill through a floor amendment by Sen. Jane Nelson, Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. Video will be available once the hearing concludes Thursday night (April 25, Part II).
- Next Steps: TAGT scored a small victory Thursday evening but our advocacy is not over. The Senate Education Committee will likely vote the bill out of committee next week. The bill will head to the Senate floor for a vote and then a conference committee between the House and Senate to work out the differences. TAGT will continue to keep you posted with Action Alerts and updates.