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04/17/2017 Action Alert: Support Good Bills in Committee This Week!

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Mon, 04/17/2017 - 12:11pm

Support Good Bills in Committee This Week!

HB 3338  by White
Making sure foster kids get drivers license or state ID
House Human Services hearing Monday, April 17

 

HB 3788 by Koop
Requires DFPS to collect data and report on safety at day-care centers
House Human Services hearing Monday, April 17

 

HB 64 by Dutton
Abolish the death penalty
House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing Monday, April 17

 

HB 1537 by Farrar
Abolish the death penalty
House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing Monday, April 17

 

HB 316 by Canales
End the death penalty in “law of the parties” cases
House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee hearing Monday, April 17

 

HB 4 by Burkett
Payments to kinship care families
Senate Human Services Committee hearing Wednesday, April 19

 

HB 826 by Blanco
Comptroller report on the economic impact of undocumented immigrants on the state budget
House State Affairs Committee hearing Wednesday, April 19

 

Keep These Bills Moving! Vote out of 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
 

Tell House Calendars to Support

HB 199 by Bernal (county wide voting)
4-3-17 H Committee report arrived in Calendars
 
HB 249 by Hernandez (abuse & neglect definitions)
4-5-17 H Committee report arrived in Calendars

 

Tell Your House Member to Support

HB 21 by Huberty (school finance)
4-19-17 Placed on General State
 
HB 29 by Thompson (human trafficking omnibus)
4-18-17 Placed on General State
 
HB 367 by Bernal (school food to nonprofits)
4-20-17 Placed on General State
 
HB 2335 by Miller (trauma training for CPS workers)
4-18-17 Placed on General State

Tell Your State Senator to Support

SB 292 by Huffman (grants for mental health to reduce recidivism, arrest, and incarceration)
4-12-17 Placed on intent calendar
 
SB 275 by Watson (job training and placement)
4-4-17 Committee report printed and distributed

Tell House Calendars to OPPOSE

SB 4 by Perry (sanctuary cities)
4-12-17 Reported favorably as substituted
 
HB 492 by Craddick (unlicensed youth camps)
4-11-17 Reported favorably as substituted
 
HB 3859 by Frank (special rights for religious foster care providers)
4-12-17 Reported favorably as substituted

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.

Weekly Witness Sponsors

Congregations, organizations, businesses or individuals can sponsor up to 19 weeks of legislative briefings to ensure that the 85th Legislature hears from Texans of all faith and cultural backgrounds in order to advocate for the common good at a time when Texas needs it!

Platinum Sponsors:

  • Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, Houston

  • Members of Friends Congregational Church, College Station

  • Rev. Dr. T. Randall Smith and Rev. Sandra W. Smith