TSTA 88th Legislative Priorities

88th Legislative Session Priorities

TSTA supports the Texas Department of Public Safety in its efforts to provide public safety to all people in Texas via the DPS Motto – Courtesy, Service and Protection. TSTA supports the following items during this legislative session:

• Pay increase for all DPS Employees to make salaries competitive with large agencies in Texas

• Establishment of a Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) for DPS Employees living or stationed in high cost areas

• Increased Stipend pay for all DPS Commissioned Officers

• Increased Corporal pay for Texas Highway Patrol (THP) commissioned Troopers

• Legislation to make the Law Enforcement and Custodial Officer Supplemental Retirement Fund (LECOSRF) actuarially sound

• Continuation of the 50-hour work week for DPS Commissioned Officers

• Support of the Department of Public Safety’s Legislative Appropriation Requests (LARs)

With over 500 commissioned vacancies and 700 non-commissioned vacancies within DPS, it is imperative that these items be addressed in order that DPS can continue to provide the services expected by all people in Texas.