Action Alert: HB 40 Vote on the House Floor Tomorrow, April 14, 2015

On Tuesday, April 14, the Texas House of Representatives will debate House Bill 40, authored by Rep. Drew Darby. Texas Impact opposes HB 40 because, although it includes compromise language intended to allay some fears of local officials, the bill ultimately represents a real threat, not only to the independence of local governments, but to the future of the state’s public health and safety.

The brevity of HB 40 belies the far-reaching effects it would have on local control, essentially stripping cities and county governments of their ability to regulate oil and gas, even in the interests of public health and safety. The bill’s language makes this explicit: “The legislature intends that this Act expressly preempts regulation of oil and gas operations by municipalities and other political subdivisions that is already impliedly preempted by state law.”

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Action Alert: Contact Texas Senators to Oppose SB 4 and SB 1819

Update #2: Contact information for all Senators now available.

Update: In-State Tuition Fact Sheet available from the Center for Public Policy Priorities (CPPP): English | Spanish

Texas Impact encourages you to consider making and organizing telephone calls this week to help protect public education funding from senators trying to siphon off funding for private schools and to protect in-state tuition for all Texas high school graduates.

Below you will find talking points and toll free numbers to key senators. Please distribute widely so legislators understand that people of faith view these issues as priorities.

People of faith can make a difference in Texas. We hope that you will join friends throughout the state in making your voice heard on these two important issues, and let us know how the calls go!

Downloadable Talking Points available here.

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This Week in the Legislature: April 4-April 10, 2015

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This Week in the Legislature
April 4 – April 10, 2015

Days 82-88; 53 days to go

We are more than 60% of the way through the legislative session, and the avalanche of bills being posted for hearing in committees has begun with committee hearings on legislation lasting late into the night.

Better Neighbors | April 2015: Water

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Action Alert: Support Good Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Bills

Ready to support some good legislation?

The following bills would increase police accountability, improve conditions for incarcerated individuals, and ensure those leaving incarceration get needed social services. 

SB1777 by Menendez and HB2523 by Collier would ensure that individuals who enter incarceration in a county jail on Medicaid would have Medicaid reinstated immediately upon release. 

Senate Health and Human Services Committee Chair Sen. Charles Schwertner: (512) 463-0105

House Public Health Committee Chair Rep. Myra Crownover: (512) 463-0582

This Week in the Legislature: March 14-27, 2015

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This Week in the Legislature
March 14 - 27, 2015
Days 61-74; 67 days to go

On Monday, March 16, the first bills passed both chambers for the 84th Session.  The House passed HB 10, an anti-human trafficking bill.  The Senate passed SB 17, a bill allowing open carry of handguns in Texas.  While floor action has slowly begun, committees are off, and the season of marathon committee hearings is in full swing. 

Top Story: Several religion bills in committee

Misc.:  The House passes a texting-while-driving ban.  While not part of the Texas Impact Legislative Agenda, it does offer some informative record votes before we get into the bulk of floor action for the session. 

Tuesday, March 31, is Election Day for the last remaining unfilled House seat in HD 124 vacated by now Senator Menendez.  Click here for an official list of candidates

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