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United Methodist Women’s Legislative Agenda 2017

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2017 UMW Legislative Agenda

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