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05/08/2017 Action Alert: Support and Oppose Bills in Calendars and on the Floor

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Mon, 05/08/2017 - 11:37am

Click here for Joshua Houston's letter to Sen. Charles Perry about SB 892 / HB 3859.

Bills in Calendars as of May 8, 2017 at 9 AM


HB 2395 by Collier
Testing for lead contamination in public school drinking water
Filed with Committee Coordinator on May 2
HB 209 by Canales
Voter registration application cards at high schools
Sent to Calendars May 1
HB 3324 by E. Rodriguez
Grocery access investment fund. Creates incentives for grocers to open in “food deserts.”


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 3081 by Capriglione
Prohibits and overturns local ordinances municipalities have passed to regulate payday and auto title lenders
Sent to Calendars on May 1

Bills on House Floor


HB 1864 by S. Thompson
Creates training programs for police and drivers on proper traffic stop procedures.
On General State Calendar for May 9.


HB 3859 by Frank
Allows foster care providers to opt out of contracts provisions if the provider asserts a “sincerely held religious belief.”
E.g. – a foster parent could refuse to vaccinate a child, and have no legal duty to inform the state. 
General State Calendar for May 8.

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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