TASB Legislative Advisory Council
The TASB Legislative Council (LAC) is responsible for merging the regional priorities identified by school board members around the state into a statewide list of legislative priorities. The council’s recommendations are submitted for adoption to TASB’s Delegate Assembly at the Association’s annual convention in the fall.
The LAC is comprised of school board members representing all 20 ESC regions of the state. During each TASB Grassroots Meeting, participants elect school board members to serve on the LAC. The number of LAC representatives from a region is based upon its student population.
What does the LAC do?
During even numbered years, after completion of the 20 regional grassroots meetings, the LAC meets twice to identify the priority issues that arose most frequently during the grassroots meetings. For each of those priority issues, the LAC reviews all of the position statements developed during the grassroots meetings and drafts one priority statement that reflects the general sentiment on that issue.
The LAC then recommends its list of priority statements to the TASB Legislative Committee, for further review by the TASB Board of Directors, and ultimate adoption by the Delegate Assembly as part of TASB’s Advocacy Agenda.
The LAC also meets once during odd-numbered years after the legislative session to revise TASB’s legislative priorities based upon action taken by the Legislature.
LAC Meeting Dates/Times/Locations
LAC I: April 28 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the Austin Marriot South. Continental breakfast will be available from 9:30 a.m. and lunch will be served.
Purpose: Review the regional legislative priorities identified at the grassroots meetings and develop a list of statewide legislative priorities to recommend to the TASB Legislative Committee.
LAC II: June 13 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Marriot Rivercenter in San Antonio. Dinner will be served.
Purpose: Refine the statewide list of legislative priorities to recommend to the TASB Legislative Committee; elect four LAC representatives to serve on the TASB Legislative Committee for a term of two years.
Please note that costs associated with attending the LAC meetings are the responsibility of a trustee's school district and not TASB.
For more information about the LAC or to learn about the results of their meetings, please contact Dax Gonzales at 800-580-4885.