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05/01/2017 Action Alert: Support and Oppose Bills in Calendars

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:21am

Bills in Calendars as of Noon on May 1, 2017


HB 199 by Bernal
Removing cap on number of counties that can choose to vote countywide
Sent to Calendars on April 3; Considered on April 27
HJR 37 & HB 471 by Johnson
Allows credit unions to incentivize savings by conducting a prize raffle
Sent to Calendars on April 7 & 11, respectively
HB 337 by Collier
Mental health bill to ensure people released from county jail can still get treatment upon release
Sent to Calendars on April 24
HB 1968 by Bernal
Ensures that when children “age out” of foster care, they are given the proper documents and ID’s
Sent to Calendars on April 25
HB 482 by Walle
Goals for caseload limits for CPS caseworkers, investigators, and abuse hotline call centers
Sent to Calendars on April 26
HB 1314 by Israel
Pregnant women arrested to be released on personal bond if no violent prior offenses
Sent to Calendars on April 27
HB 1864 by Thompson & SB 30 by West
Training for drivers and police regarding interactions with law enforcement during traffic stops
Sent to Calendars April 28
HB 3956 by Geren & SB 24 by Huffman
No subpoenaing sermons delivered by a religious leader
Sent to Calendars April 28
HB 1533 by Farrar
Do not count the vehicles as an asset in determining SNAP eligibility
Sent to Calendars May 1.
HB 2664 by Miller
Nutrition and fitness standards at child-care facilities and training for those employees
Sent to Calendars May 1
HB 3729 by White
Alleviates the number of ways a person can get sent back to prison just for being poor
Sent to Calendars May 1
HB 3151 by Sheffield
Creates a pilot to coordinate renewal of Medicaid for all the children in a household
Reported on April 24. Needs to arrive in Calendars soon…
HB 2395 by Collier
Testing for lead contamination in public school drinking water
Reported on April 27. Needs to arrive in Calendars soon…


HB 1911 by White
Unlicensed carry. Houses of worship would have to buy new signs. Reduces criminal penalty.
Sent to Calendars on April 26
HB 3859 by Frank
Allows religious foster care providers to assert a religious belief in order to opt out of contract provisions
Sent to Calendars on April 27
HB 3081 by Capriglione
Prohibits and overturns local ordinances municipalities have passed to regulate payday and auto title lenders
Sent to Calendars on May 1

Weekly Witness Call Scripts

Click here a list of toll free numbers for Committee members referenced on the Action Alert. The full list of House and Senate members is at 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 and we will update the number.

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