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29th Annual United Methodist Women's Legislative Event -- 2017 Resource Center

Thank you to everyone who joined United Methodist Women from all over Texas in Austin for three days of learning, engagement, and advocacy.

2017 UMW Legislative Agenda

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There are more than 100,000 members of United Methodist Women in Texas.  At their annual legislative conference, UMW members from all six of Texas’ United Methodist Annual Conferences adopt a consensus legislative agenda reflecting their priority legislative concerns. United Methodist Women was established in 1865. United Methodist Women place particular emphasis on issues impacting the well-being of women, children and youth.

Texas United Methodist Women affirm the dedication of every member of the Texas Legislature. We thank you for your service to our state and we look forward to thanking you for your good work in the 85th legislative session. The following issues are key priorities for us, but they do not represent the sum of our concerns. We know that you will make decisions about vast and varied issues. We urge you to consider that everything is important because everyone is important: the decisions you make must be for the good of all people in Texas.

Prioritize Texas’ Future!

Texas United Methodist Women call on the 85th Texas Legislature to prioritize funding and policy initiatives that invest in our state’s human infrastructure—that promote health and prosperity for everyone living in Texas. In particular, we urge lawmakers to focus on the following key issues:

Prioritize Education

  • Fully fund a high quality public education system for all Texas kids
  • Reject any appropriation of public funds to nonpublic education
  • Ensure the safety of drinking water in every public school in Texas

Prioritize Health

  • Ensure access to quality, affordable health care for all Texans
  • Protect health care infrastructure in counties of all sizes
  • Increase access to preventive and other mental health services

Prioritize Children and Families

  • Fund child welfare programs at the level that program leaders say is needed for real improvement
  • Align Texas with national norms in child welfare program quality and outcomes
  • Invest in child abuse prevention and family preservation programs and services to reduce child welfare caseloads

Prioritize Human Dignity

  • Ensure Texas government does not prefer or disadvantage one faith relative to another or to no faith
  • Don’t co-opt local communities into federal immigration policy enforcement

For more information about United Methodist Women in Texas or this legislative agenda, contact any of the following UMW Social Action Coordinators:

Ann Muir                     972-742-3167                                    North Texas Conference

Shirley Shroyer              432-213-1479                     Northwest Texas Conference

Elizabeth Jimenez          956-242-2185        Rio Texas Conference

Krystal Scott-West         409-365-7078          Texas Conference

Ellen Lipsey                  432-284-0584                   New Mexico Conference

Rebecca Lucas               817-578-4156                Central Texas Conference


Event Photos

Photos from this year's event are now online! View the full gallery, and to download high-resolution originals, on Flickr.

Event Presentations



Handouts and Talking Points

School Drinking Water:

  • In low-income communities across the state and across the country, we have seen the harmful affects that lead can have on the health of our families. We have to ensure that the well being of our children and grandchildren is at the forefront of this legislative session.
  • Texas currently has no uniform standards for how water in public schools is tested for lead. With simple changes, the state could craft standards that would protect millions of our young people from potentially life threatening health risks.
  • For many school districts, we have no idea how much lead could be in our school’s water. We don’t want Fort Worth, El Paso, or East Austin to be the next Flint, Michigan and we have the power to prevent this.

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2017 Program

Sunday, January 22

1:00-1:30pm Welcome/About UMW Legislative Event

1:30-2:30pm Session 101

3:00-4:00pm Workshops: Think Globally Act Locally

a. Environment

b. Health

c. Poverty

d. Social Media for Civic Engagement

4:15-5:15pm Election 101

5:30-6:00pm WORSHIP

6:00-7:30pm DINNER (Speaker TBA)

8:00-9:00pm Strategy meetings by Senate district

Monday, January 23


9:00-10:15am State Budget Priorities: foster care, public education, health

10:15-10:30am BREAK

10:30-11:45am Displaced People—immigration, border security, refugees

11:45-1:00 LUNCH: Addressing Poverty—payday lending, food security

1:00-2:00pm Protecting Religious Freedom—Islam, guns, RFRA, pastor protection

2:00-2:30pm BREAK

2:30-3:30pm Caring for Creation—climate, water, energy


4:30-6:00pm Policy Clinic


6:00-7:30pm DINNER

Keynote Address: Hon. Hope Andrade and Hon. Leticia Van de Putte

Tuesday, January 24






The tour will last about an hour—lunch is on your own when the tour concludes.

Keynote Speakers: We are happy to confirm our keynote speakers, Hon. Leticia Van de Putte and Hon. Hope Andrade!

Van de Putte served more than two decades in the Texas Legislature, first in the House and then in the Senate, before retiring in 2015. Andrade served as Texas' first Latina Secretary of State from 2008-2012. In 2016, they teamed up to launch a consulting firm, Andrade-Van de Putte and Associates, based in San Antonio.

Early bird registration ends January 7. Register today! (Note: if you have difficulty with the form, below, please user our alternate form here.)