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03/13/2017 Action Alert: Bills to Support and Oppose in Committee This Week

Submitted by Emily Shelton on Mon, 03/13/2017 - 11:42am

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Support

Tell committee members you support the bill and urge them to report the bill favorably from committee.

HB 871 by Roberts
Providing information for parents in crisis about voluntary options for respite care and other assistance so children don’t end up in the child welfare system
House Human Services Committee hearing Monday, March 13
Representatives: Raymond, Frank, Keough, Klick, Miller, Minjarez, Rose, Swanson, Wu
 
HB1408 by Cortez
Providing 12 months continuous Medicaid eligibility for children
House Human Services Committee hearing Monday, March 13
Representatives: Raymond, Frank, Keough, Klick, Miller, Minjarez, Rose, Swanson, Wu
 
HB199 by Bernal
Allowing more counties to participate in the countywide polling place program
House Elections Committee hearing Monday, March 13
Representatives: Laubenberg, Israel, Anderson, Fallon, Larson, Reynolds, Swanson
 
HB 630 by Howard
Requiring Internet broadcast and archiving of open meetings of the Health and Human Services Commission, health and human services agencies, and related advisory entities
House Government Transparency and Operation hearing Monday, March 13
Representatives: Elkins, Capriglione, Gonzales, Lucio, Shaheen, Tinderholt, Uresti

 

Oppose

Tell the committee members you oppose the bill and urge them to leave it on the table.

SB2 by Bettencourt 
Lowering the property tax rollback rate from 8% to 4%
Senate Finance hearing Tuesday, March 14
Senators: Nelson, Hinojosa, Bettencourt, Birdwell, Hancock, Huffman, Kolkhorst, Nichols, Schwertner, Seliger, Taylor, Uresti, Watson, West, Whitmire
 
SB103 by Hall
Pre-empting local communities from banning single-use plastic bags
Senate Business and Commerce hearing Tuesday, March 14
Senators: Hancock, Creighton, Campbell, Estes, Nichols, Schwertner, Taylor, Whitmire, Zaffrini
 
SB4 by Perry
Anti-“sanctuary cities”
House State Affairs hearing Wednesday, March 15
Representatives: Cook, Giddings, Craddick, Farrar, Geren, Guillen, King, Kuempel, Meyer, Oliveira, Paddie, Rodriquez, Smithee
 

Urge Lawmakers: Updated - Fund Kids Before Concrete!

ACTION ALERT: Urge lawmakers to support House Concurrent Resolution 108 by Zerwas to “undedicate” a portion of sales tax collections dedicated to the State Highway Fund to prevent cuts to children’s services.
 
Budget leaders warn that the state has less general revenue available for the upcoming biennium than for the current one—even though sales tax and other GR collections are expected to increase—because the state has dedicated so much revenue to the State Highway Fund. Lt. Governor Patrick said earlier in the Session that the Legislature would need to cut the budget, and that cuts would come primarily from health, human services, and education. But Texas already is not keeping up with need in these areas, and we need to spend significantly more on foster care services to settle a federal lawsuit and ensure children aren’t hurt or killed in the state’s custody.
Luckily, voters have left lawmakers discretion to roll back portions of the highway dedications if conditions warrant it.
 
Urge your representatives to commit to vote to reduce sales tax transfers to the State Highway Fund instead of cutting services to children by supporting HCR 108 by Zerwas.
 

Weekly Witness Call Scripts

Below is a list of toll free numbers for committee members referenced above. The full list of House and Senate members is at texasimpact.org/action. Using the toll free numbers allows Texas Impact staff to track how many calls are going to each office. It's especially helpful if your own senator or representative is a member of the committee; however, even if you they aren't, you can still 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!
 

House Human Services Committee
 
Rep Richard Raymond
(877) 882-3837
1W.2
Rep James Frank
(877) 889-9761
E2.604
Rep Mark Keough
(877) 694-8287
E2.402
Rep Stephanie Klick
(877) 638-6346
E2.904
Rep Rick Miller
(877) 541-8939
E2.822
Rep Ina Minjarez
(877) 828-8145
E2.312
Rep Toni Rose
(877) 440-7198
E2.310
Rep Valoree Swanson
(877) 872-0534
E2.802
Rep Gene Wu
(877) 243-4531
E2.718
House Elections Committee
 
Rep Jodie Laubenberg
(877) 653-2197
1W.4
Rep Celia Israel
(877) 269-4491
E2.212
Rep Rodney Anderson
(877) 789-1283
E1.414
Rep Pat Fallon
(877) 790-4933
E2.722
Rep Lyle Larson
(877) 754-8247
E2.406
Rep Ron Reynolds
877-211-7526
E2.308
Rep Valoree Swanson
(877) 872-0534
E2.802
Senate Business and Commerce
 
Sen Kelly Hancock
(877) 629-5830
1E.9
Sen Brandon Creighton
(877) 526-7235
E1.606
Sen Donna Campbell
(877) 228-1980
3E.8
Sen Craig Estes
(877) 293-0661
3E.18
Sen Robert Nichols
(877) 415-4659
E1.704
Sen Charles Schwertner
(877) 546-9356
E1.806
Sen Larry Taylor
(877) 506-1746
3E.10
Sen John Whitmire
(877) 378-5879
1E.13
Sen Judith Zaffrini
(877) 415-5347
1E.14
House State Affairs
Rep Byron Cook
(877) 431-7693
GW.7
Rep Helen Giddings
(877) 207-1547
GW.11
Rep Tom Craddick
(877) 270-4551
1W.9
Rep Jessica Farrar
(877) 786-3597
1N.8
Rep Charlie Geren
(877) 686-9751
GW.15
Rep Ryan Guillen
(877) 264-5827
1W.3
Rep Ken King
(877) 478-0875
E2.410
Rep John Kuempel
(877) 887-7926
E2.422
Rep Morgan Meyer
(877) 250-5263
E1.318
Rep Rene Oliveira
(877) 846-8715
3N.6
Rep Chris Paddie
(877) 814-2492
E2.502
Rep Eddie Rodriguez
(877) 230-7937
4S.5
Rep John Smithee
(877) 414-2072
1W.10
House Government Transparency and Operation
Rep Gary Elkins
(877) 861-2372
4N.3
Rep Giovanni Capriglione
(877) 852-6423
E2.610
Rep Larry Gonzales
(877) 400-2783
E2.418
Rep Eddie Lucio
(877) 861-6898
GN.8
Rep Matt Shaheen
(877) 863-2668
E2.208
Rep Tony Tinderholt
(877) 754-0462
E1.422
Rep Tomas Uresti
(877) 639-5204
E2.712
Senate Finance
 
 
Sen Jane Nelson
(877) 291-3758
1E.5
Sen Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa
(877) 398-4710
3E.6
Sen Paul Bettencourt
(877) 618-2937
3E.16
Sen Brian Birdwell
(877) 879-6216
E1.706
Sen Kelly Hancock
(877) 629-5830
1E.9
Sen Joan Huffman
(877) 392-3482
1E.15
Sen Lois Kolkhorst
(877) 419-2794
GE.4
Sen Robert Nichols
(877) 415-4659
E1.704
Sen Charles Schwertner
(877) 546-9356
E1.806
Sen Kel Seliger
(877) 475-6853
1E.12
Sen Larry Taylor
(877) 506-1746
3E.10
Sen Carlos Uresti
(877) 431-0078
4E.2
Sen Kirk Watson
(877) 341-1789
E1.804
Sen Royce West
(877) 207-7496
1E.3
Sen John Whitmire
(877) 378-5879
1E.13

 

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