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Join Texans of all faiths for a day of learning, lobbying, and fellowship at Texas Interfaith Advocacy Day 2017! 

By April 20, there will only be a month left in the 85th Legislative Session, making it a critical time in the legislative process to advance bills you care about, ensure bills you oppose don't pass, and advocate for key state budget priorities. Interfaith Advocacy Day will feature presentations by legislative experts, advocacy training, and meetings with legislators and their staff about priority issues for the Texas interfaith community. 

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On Tuesday, Representative Toni Rose filed HB 3080, a bill that bars the death penalty for people who have a severe mental illness (SMI) at the time they committed a capital crime. Currently, the law forbids the death penalty for persons with intellectual disabilities and juveniles. This bill would extend that exemption to those with an SMI. Mental health and capital punishment are core issues for people of all faiths, and this bill falls at the intersection of justice and mercy.

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On Monday, President Trump signed a revised version of his executive order that temporarily bans immigrants and non-immigrants from six Muslim majority countries for 90 days. The executive order also bans all refugees from entering the country for a period of 120 days.

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On March 6, U.S. House leaders made public their long-awaited plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act and restructure Medicaid. Key committees will have about 36 hours to review the legislation before voting on it on Wednesday.

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This week was a big week for child welfare legislation, and the Senate Business & Commerce Committee also heard three important government transparency bills.

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