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03/27/2017 Action Alert Supplemental: Support These Death Penalty Reform Bills

Submitted by Sean Hennigan on Mon, 03/27/2017 - 11:33am

Weekly Witness Presentation Resources -- Texas Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty (TCADP)


Support These Death Penalty Reform Bills

 
HB 64 by Dutton
Abolishing the death penalty
Ask for a hearing in House Criminal Jurisprudence
 
HB 3054 by Herrero
Relating to certain sentencing procedures in a capital case.
Ask for a hearing in House Criminal Jurisprudence
 
HB 3080 by Rose
Relating to the applicability of the death penalty to a capital offense committed by a person with severe mental illness.
Ask for a hearing in House Criminal Jurisprudence once the bill is referred
 
HB 1537 by Farrar
Abolishing the death penalty.
Ask for a hearing in House Criminal Jurisprudence
 
SB 597 by Lucio
Abolishing the death penalty.
Ask for a hearing in Senate Criminal Justice Committee
 
SB 1065 by Lucio
Relating to certain sentencing procedures in a capital case.
Ask for a hearing in Senate Criminal Justice Committee
 
SB 1616 by Lucio
Relating to certain sentencing procedures in a capital case.
Ask for a hearing in Senate Criminal Justice Committee

Weekly Witness Call Scripts

Click here for a list of toll free numbers for House and Senate members. 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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