Eight members of the Lamar-Delta Retired Teachers and School Employees Association (LDRTSEA) attended Texas Retired Teachers Association’s (TRTA) Day at the Capitol in Austin on Wednesday, April 12.
More than 1,000 TRTA members, all wearing red shirts, were at the Capitol meeting with legislators and advocating for a much-needed cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for retirees. LDRTSEA members visited the offices of Rep. Gary VanDeaver & Sen. Bryan Hughes (Lamar Co.) and Rep. Reggie Smith & Sen. Bob Hall (Delta Co.), met with each staff, and left a gift of Anderson Peanut Patties for each legislator.
Retired teachers filled the galleries of both the House and the Senate at the same time and were present as resolutions were read into each record recognizing April 10-14, 2023 as Texas Retired Teachers Week. All members of both chambers stood in support of the resolutions while all retired teachers applauded the legislators for their support.
The last event of the day was an ice cream social on the East Lawn of the Capitol where TRTA members met informally with legislators to discuss the COLA and ask for their votes. TRTA Executive Director Tim Lee also provided an update on the House and Senate COLA bills. LDRTSEA members were able to spend time with Rep. Gary VanDeaver during the event.
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