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  By: Nelson, et al. S.B. No. 19
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to bonuses for public school classroom teachers and state
  assistance for the Texas Public School Employees Group Insurance
  Program.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  Subchapter I, Chapter 21, Education Code, is
  amended by adding Section 21.417 to read as follows:
         Sec. 21.417.  CLASSROOM TEACHER STATE CAREER BONUS.  
  (a)  Subject to the availability of amounts appropriated for
  purposes of this section, the agency shall provide an annual bonus
  to each classroom teacher with at least six years of teaching
  experience at the beginning of the school year during which the
  bonus is provided.
         (b)  The amount of the bonus provided to each classroom
  teacher during any school year shall be established by
  appropriation, and the appropriation may provide for different
  bonus amounts during a school year based on the number of years of
  teaching experience.
         (c)  A bonus provided to a classroom teacher under this
  section is not considered in determining whether a school district
  is paying the teacher the minimum monthly salary under Section
  21.402.
         (d)  The agency shall provide a bonus under this section only
  to a person employed as a classroom teacher at the time the bonus is
  paid.
         SECTION 2.  (a)  The amount of $193,000,000 of the
  unencumbered appropriations from the general revenue fund for the
  state fiscal biennium ending August 31, 2019, made by S.B. 1, Acts
  of the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017 (the General
  Appropriations Act), to the Health and Human Services Commission is
  transferred to the Texas Education Agency to be used by the agency
  to provide the following bonuses to public school classroom
  teachers under Section 21.417, Education Code, as added by this
  Act:
               (1)  a bonus of $600 to be paid in September 2018 for
  each classroom teacher with at least 6 but less than 11 years of
  teaching experience at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year;
  and
               (2)  a bonus of $1,000 to be paid in September 2018 for
  each classroom teacher with at least 11 years of teaching
  experience at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year.
         (b)  The Health and Human Services Commission shall identify
  the strategies and objectives out of which the transfer under
  Subsection (a) of this section is to be made.
         SECTION 3.  (a)  The amount of $212,000,000 of the
  unencumbered appropriations from the general revenue fund for the
  state fiscal biennium ending August 31, 2019, made by S.B. 1, Acts
  of the 85th Legislature, Regular Session, 2017 (the General
  Appropriations Act), to the Health and Human Services Commission is
  transferred to the Teacher Retirement System of Texas and may be
  used by the retirement system during that state fiscal biennium to
  provide support to participants in the Texas Public School
  Employees Group Insurance Program authorized by Chapter 1575,
  Insurance Code.  The Health and Human Services Commission shall
  identify the strategies and objectives out of which the transfer is
  to be made.
         (b)  The Teacher Retirement System of Texas may use the money
  transferred under Subsection (a) of this section to:
               (1)  reduce costs for participants, including
  premiums, deductibles, and prescription drugs, during the 2018 and
  2019 plan years; and
               (2)  reduce the premium and maximum out-of-pocket cost
  for an enrolled adult child with a mental disability or a physical
  incapacity during the 2018 and 2019 plan years.
         (c)  The Teacher Retirement System of Texas shall determine
  the most efficient allocation of the money transferred under
  Subsection (a) of this section to achieve the maximum benefit for
  participants in the program.
         SECTION 4.  Section 21.417, Education Code, as added by this
  Act, applies beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.
         SECTION 5.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect on the 91st day after the last day of the
  legislative session.