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04/10/2017 Action Alert: Support Good Bills in Committee This Week!

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Mon, 04/10/2017 - 11:30am

Support Good Bills in Committee:

Food and Health Care

HB 1533 by Farrar
Exclude certain savings and family vehicles when determining SNAP eligibility
House Human Services Committee hearing Monday, April 10

 

HB 3151 by Sheffield
Streamlining Medicaid and CHIP eligibility
House Human Services Committee hearing Monday, April 10

 

SB 725  by Miles / SB 755 by Menendez
Donating leftover school cafeteria food to students at that school
Senate Agriculture, Water, and Rural Affairs Committee hearing Monday, April 10

 

Death Penalty

HB 3080 by Rose
Prohibit the death penalty for individuals with serious mental illness
House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing Monday, April 10

 

Voter Empowerment

HB 3285 by J. Rodriguez
Requiring a report by the Secretary of State on voter education activities
House Elections Committee hearing Monday, April 10

 

HB 209 by Canales
Ensuring voter registration forms are available in high schools
House Public Education Committee hearing Tuesday, April 11

 

Climate Change

HB 3175 by Reynolds
Would establish a “greenhouse gas emission fee” and use the proceeds to fund low-income energy efficiency programs
House Environmental Regulation hearing Tuesday, April 11

Keep These Bills Moving! Report from Committee ASAP:

HB 1535 by Farrar (protecting honeybees)
03-29-17 H Committee action pending House Agriculture and Livestock

 

HB 1927 by Rodriguez (toxic alert system)
03-28-17 H Committee action pending House Environmental Regulation

 

HB 239 by Collier (safe school drinking water)
04-04-17 H Committee action pending House Public Education

 

HB 773 by Johnson (climate change preparedness)
03-22-17 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

 

HB 337 by Collier / HB 1734 by Coleman (continue Medicaid after jail release)
03-28-17 H Committee action pending House Public Health

 

HB 1314 by Israel (release pregnant accused on personal bond)
03-27-17 H Committee action pending House Criminal Jurisprudence

AMEND OR OPPOSE 

HB 3859 by Frank
Creating special “rights of conscience protections” for foster care providers without establishing adequate oversight to prevent abuses and without clarifying that the provider’s religious views cannot trump the foster child’s civil rights.
03-29-17 H Committee action pending House State Affairs

Weekly Witness Call Scripts

Click here for a list of toll free numbers for Committee members referenced on the first page. The full list of House and Senate members is at www.texasimpact.org/action. of Using the toll free numbers allow Texas Impact staff to track how many calls are going in to each office.

It’s especially helpful if your own senator or representative is a member of the committee; however, even if you don’t live in the district of any committee members, you still should call all the members of the committee and let them know how you feel about the bill.

Sample Script

Hello, my name is                      and I live in ___________. I am calling to thank Representative/Senator       __  for his/her service and to let you know that I and members of my congregation are praying for the Representative/Senator and his/her staff.

I’m calling about HB/SB__________ by ______________________.  That bill is in __________________(name of the committee the bill is in). I support/oppose the bill and here’s why:

I want to urge the Representative/Senator to support/oppose HB/SB__________. Can you tell me how the Representative/Senator plans to vote on the bill, and if there is any information she/he needs to help make a decision about how to vote?


Don’t forget to thank the staff member you are talking to at the end of the call, even if you disagree with their boss on the issue or bill—they are working hard and appreciate being appreciated!

In the past members have occasionally blocked our toll free number because of high call volume from people of faith. We want them to hear your voice, so if you call twice and received busy signals, email engagement@texasimpact.org and we will update the number.

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