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05/28/2017 Action Alert: Call Your Senator - Avert a Special Session by Voting on SB 1929 and SB 80

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Sun, 05/28/2017 - 5:39pm

The Texas Senate and Lt. Governor Patrick are attempting to force a special session by refusing to vote on a pair of bills, SB 1929 and SB 80.

While the 2 bills are administrative and not politically sensitive, if there is a special session it could create another opportunity for supporters of discriminatory and otherwise ill-advised bills to push through their legislation.

The Senate should act responsibly and avert a special session, saving Texas taxpayers millions of dollars and minimizing the potential for passing unrelated legislation rejected by lawmakers in the regular session.

Call your senator and ask them to avoid a special session, which would cost TX taxpayers millions of dollars, by passing SB1929 and SB80.

Click here for a list of toll-free numbers to contact your Senator.

05/26/2017 Action Alert: Ask Conferees to Remove Amendment to HB 5

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Fri, 05/26/2017 - 10:16pm

On Monday, the Senate added a floor amendment to HB 5 that would grant CPS contractors immunity from civil liability short of gross negligence for a broad range of activities. Under the “Immunity Amendment” (Senate Floor Amendment 8), contractors would be immune from civil liability for things like:

  • Failure to supervise employees
  • Failure to comply with regulations—like DFPS’s minimum standards
  • Failure to find alternate providers if a foster care provider refuses to provide medical care because of religious beliefs

All faith traditions hold the protection of children at the very core of their teachings. They want the state to hold every participant in the foster care system to very high standards, and they want the system to protect children—not contractors.

Call the following representatives NOW and urge them to remove Senate Floor Amendment 8--the "immunity amendment"--from HB 5 in conference. 

Conference Committee: House
Rep Frank: (877) 889-9761
Rep Raymond: (877) 882-3837
Rep Clardy: (877) 345-8922
Rep Geren: (877) 686-9751
Rep Smithee: (877) 414-2072
Conference Committee: Senate
Schwertner: (877) 546-9356

Huffman: (877) 392-3482

Nelson: (877) 291-3758

Perry: (877) 278-2015

Uresti: (877) 431-0078

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