Business Session Schedule

April 24, 2021, following Opening Ceremony – First Business Session
Ovidia Molina, President

Credentials Report

Adoption of Standing Rules

Adoption of Agenda

Executive Directors Report
Richard Kouri, Executive Director

April 25, 2021 – Second Business Session – 10 am CT
Ovidia Molina, President

Credentials Report

President’s Address
Ovidia Molina, President

New Business Items

Legislative Report

Board of Trustees of the Permanent Fund Report

NEA Resolutions Report

April 25, 2021 – Third Business Session – 1 pm CT (estimated)
Ovidia Molina, President

Credentials Report

New Business Items

Closing Remarks


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Standing Rules for a Virtual House of Delegates

  1. Purpose
    The following Standing Rules will be used if circumstances require the TSTA House of Delegates to be conducted virtually instead of in person.
  2. Standing Rules
    1. Notice of a virtual House of Delegates must be sent to locals at least 21 days prior to the virtual House of Delegates.
    2. Delegates must be registered for the virtual House of Delegates by deadlines established by Virtual House of Delegates Timeline adopted by the TSTA Board of Directors.
    3. Each registered delegate will be sent the unique URL or codes necessary to connect to the virtual platform.
    4. Delegates will identify themselves as required to sign into the virtual platform and shall maintain internet access throughout the meeting whenever present, but shall sign out upon any departure before adjournment. 
    5. New Business Items and Legislative Amendments must be submitted by 11:59 pm CST the Monday before the virtual House of Delegates convenes. An approved form or website will be made available to Delegates at least four days prior to the deadline to submit New Business Items and Legislative Amendments. All New Business Items and Legislative Amendments will be sent to all registered delegates by 11:59 pm CST the Thursday before the virtual House of Delegates convenes.
    6. All primary amendments to New Business Items and Legislative Amendments must be submitted during a one-hour time period that will be designated by the Chair during the first business session.  Secondary amendment on New Business Items and Legislative Amendments will not be in order.
    7. New Business Items, Legislative Amendments, and primary amendments must identify the delegate who is seconding the motion. The name of the delegate seconding the motion will be announced at the time the motion is made. This will satisfy the requirement of a second. Motions made from the floor may be seconded by delegates using the “raise your hand” function on the virtual platform being used.
    8. Each delegate is responsible for his or her internet connection. No action shall be invalidated on the grounds that the loss of, or poor quality of, a member’s individual connection prevented participation in the meeting. 
    9. The President may cause or direct the disconnection or muting of a delegate’s connection if it is causing undue interference with the meeting.  The President’s decision to do so, which is subject to an undebatable appeal that can be made by any member, shall be announced during the meeting, and recorded in the minutes. 

TSTA House of Delegates Rules

A. The recording of official state House of Delegates business meetings by any electronic device is strictly prohibited without the express approval of the TSTA President or Executive Director.
B. Any rule herein provided may be suspended by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present and voting.
C. The order of business may be suspended by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the delegates present and voting.
D. The presence of a quorum shall be established by a credentials report at the beginning of the House of Delegates.  Thereafter, the continued presence of a quorum shall be determined by the list of participants in the virtual platform, unless a delegate requests a quorum count by audible roll call.  Such a request may only be made following a vote for which the total votes cast is less than a quorum.
E. Objection to the consideration of a motion shall only be in order immediately after the maker of the motion or NBI has had the opportunity to speak to it.
F. All delegates will be muted during the House of Delegates until recognized by the Chair.
G. A delegate seeking recognition by the Chair must type all of the following information in the question box: Color indicating reason for seeking recognition, Name, and Local. Upon recognition, delegates shall state their name and Local or position and the reason for which they seek recognition.
H. The colors used to indicate the reason for seeking recognition will be the following:
1. GREEN – To speak in favor of a motion or to make a motion dealing with the main motion.
2. RED – To speak against a motion or to make a motion dealing with the main motion.
3. BLUE – To make a motion dealing with the general conduct of the meeting that can interrupt the speaker.
4. WHITE – To make a motion that cannot interrupt the speaker.
I. Once a delegate properly seeks recognition using the question box, the request will be placed in a speaking order.
J. No more than two (2) delegates will be recognized for requests for information prior to debate on any given motion and amendment. Further requests for information will be recognized in the regular speaking order.
K. No delegate shall speak in debate more than twice to the same question during the same meeting, nor longer than three (3) minutes at one time. 
L. A delegate shall not speak for or against a motion and move to close debate on the same recognition. 
M. The motion to close debate shall require approval by two-thirds (2/3) of the delegates present and voting.
N. Voting on motions and amendments will occur using the polling feature on the virtual platform.
1. Once a vote is called, a poll will be displayed and delegates may vote.
2. The Chair will announce the amount of time the poll will be open.
3. Once a vote is submitted, the vote cannot be changed.
4. When voting is completed, the results will be displayed.
O. When the Legislative Program is presented, it shall include a motion to adopt that program.  That motion shall remain pending while any amendments dealing with the Legislative Program are considered.  Any amendment to the Legislative Program not submitted by the applicable deadline will be declared out of order.
P. New Business Items submitted by the applicable deadline will be considered in the order received.
Q. New Business Items adopted by the state House of Delegates shall be assigned to an appropriate TSTA committee or TSTA center by the Executive Director and President.  It shall be the responsibility of committees or centers to carry out directions of the state House of Delegates’ adopted new business items until achieved or changed by a subsequent state House of Delegates action. 
R. A committee chairperson and/or designee and the Executive Director and President shall report to succeeding Houses of Delegates on action taken to achieve the purposes of the new business items referred to in Item Q above.
S. The chat function will not be used to discuss business, pose questions, debate issues, campaign, or to engage in anything related to House of Delegates business.
T. Announcements submitted on the authorized form and approved by the President will be read prior to adjournment.