Texas Legislation Advocacy – The Week Ahead

The Patriot Briefing Published by New Revolution Now

Several bills are coming up for committee votes this week. Your persistence in engaging legislators is key to moving the good bills forward and the bad bills back to where they came from. Thank you for your activism! You are making a difference.

HB 14 Relating to the fiscal transparency and accountability of certain entities responsible for public money.

  • Status: Public hearing scheduled for March 18th 9:00am E1.030 NOTICE
  • Recommendation: FOR
  • Research: Better Government Through Better Information
  • Comment: Increased transparency results in greater accountability.
  • Call to action: Contact committee members to communicate your support. For those who can, please show up at the hearing to witness or testify FOR it. Every email, call, letter, signed witness card and testimony makes a HUGE difference. Encourage your contacts to do the same.

SB 14 Relating to the fiscal transparency and accountability of certain entities responsible for public money.

  • Status: Public hearing scheduled for March 18th 9:00am E1.036 NOTICE
  • Recommendation: FOR
  • Research:  Sunshine Week
  • Comment: Taxpayers have a right to know how much local gov. debt they owe.
  • Call to action: Contact committee members to communicate your support. For those who can, please show up at the hearing to witness or testify FOR it. Every email, call, letter, signed witness card and testimony makes a HUGE difference. Encourage your contacts to do the same.

HB 2301 Relating to requiring state contractors and governmental entities to participate in the federal electronic verification of work authorization program, or E-Verify…

  • Status: Assigned to committee. No scheduled discussion.
  • Recommendation: FOR
  • Research: Proposed Immigration Laws
  • Comment: Illegal immigrants cost cost Texas taxpayers billions of dollars every year
  • Call to action: Contact committee members to communicate your support.

SB 1575 Relating to state savings through a taxpayer savings grant program.

  • Status: Filed but not referred to a committee yet.
  • Recommendation: FOR
  • Research: The Texas Taxpayer Savings Grant Program
  • Comment: It’s time has come. We advocated for this in the 82nd session but it never got traction. It will save money for taxpayers and improve children’s education.
  • Call to action: Contact the authors of the bill to communicate your support.

SJR 4 Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to a person’s freedom of religion.

  • Status: Filed but not referred to a committee yet.
  • Recommendation: FOR
  • Research: Attacks on Religious Liberty in Texas
  • Comment:  Our religious freedom is our most foundational freedom, enshrined in the First Amendment of the Constitution.
  • Call to action: Contact the authors of the bill to communicate your support.

HB 204 Relating to zero-based budgeting for certain entities…

HB 621 & 723 Relating to renewable energy subsidies

HB 1076 Relating to certain firearms, firearm accessories and firearm…

  • Status: Left pending in committee.
  • Recommendation: STRONGLY FOR
  • Research: VIDEO of public hearing testimony
  • Comment: Protection of 2nd amendment rights for Texans.
  • Call to action: Continue to contact committee members telling them to move this bill out of committee. Every email, call, letter and personal visit makes a HUGE difference. Encourage your contacts to do the same.

SB 2 Relating to charter schools and home-rule charter school districts.

  • Status: Public hearing scheduled for March 19th (no public testimony) NOTICE
  • Recommendation: FOR
  • Comment: Good start for addressing a very important issue.
  • Additional Research: Lifting the cap on charters
  • Call to action: Continue to contact committee members to vote the bill out of committee.

HB 149 Relating to the Texas Liberty Preservation Act

  • Status: Referred to committee. No hearing scheduled.
  • Recommendation: STRONGLY FOR
  • Research: National Defense Authorization Act of 2012
  • Comment: Protection of 10th amendment. Challenge constitutionality of NDAA.
  • Call to action: Continue to contact committee members to schedule a public hearing.

HB 1568 Relating to funding under the Foundation School Program

  • Status: Assigned to committee. No hearing scheduled.
  • Recommendation: STRONGLY FOR
  • Research: Protect Traditional Family Values
  • Comment: Texas must continue to promote virtue.
  • Call to action: Continue to contact committee members to express your support.

HJR 48 Constitutional amendment for right to choose or not choose to purchase health insurance.

  • Status: Assigned to committee. No hearing scheduled.
  • Recommendation: STRONGLY FOR
  • Research: Joint bill filed by Senator Campbell
  • Comment: Good start at nullifying Obama Care
  • Call to action: Continue to contact committee members to schedule a public hearing.

HB 607 Relating to the phaseout and repeal of the franchise tax.

  • Status: Referred to committee but not scheduled for hearing
  • Recommendation: STRONGLY FOR
  • Research: Fixing the Texas Margin Tax
  • Comment: The franchise tax is more than a business income tax it’s a revenue tax that punishes Texas businesses even if they loose money.
  • Call to action: Continue to contact committee members to schedule a public hearing.

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