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On Tuesday, February 14, the Senate Committee on Finance heard testimony on Article IX of SB 1, the Senate's proposed Texas budget. Coalition partners with Texans Care for Children and the Center for Public Policy Priorities spoke against the proposed across-the-board program cuts included in the General Provisions section of the budget.

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Like a marathon race with mile markers, the 140 days of a Texas legislative session has similar milestones. One of the big early session markers is the appointment of committees, which the Speaker announced for the Texas House yesterday, Feb. 9th.

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This week, the Texas Senate debated Senate Bill 4, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities" in Texas and withhold state funding from jurisdictions that don't comply with federal immigration detainer requests. 

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On Thursday, February 2, 2017, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services heard an update from the Department of Family and Protective Services on efforts to reform the child welfare system. After an update from Commissioner Hank Whitman, the committee considered SB 11, a large omnibus bill which would overhaul the state’s foster care and child protective services.

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The Senate Committee on State Affairs listened to testimony from over 300 people Thursday on Senate Bill 4. Senate Bill 4 is an anti-sanctuary cities bill that gives broad latitude to local law enforcement, blurring the line between federal immigration officers and local law enforcement agencies. The bill also contains harsh punishments for cities and local entities that are determined to have violated the policies laid out in the bill.

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On Tuesday, January 31, the Senate Finance Committee listened to public testimony on Article II, the Health and Human Services portion of the budget. The Senate budget is already barebones, but an additional provision in the bill requires an across the board cut that could result in an extra $500 million cut to health and human services. This cut threatens low-income children, people with disabilities, seniors, pregnant women, kids in foster care, Texas with mental health challenges and others who rely on these services.



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Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 10:00am

Texas Muslims from around the state gathered in Austin this week for a day of policy education, advocacy training, and grassroots lobbying at the Texas Capitol.

The day began with a press conference on the Capitol South Steps, where Texans of all faith (and no faith) provided a protective barrier between the group and protestors.

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Monday, January 30, 2017 - 7:00pm

At Monday's interfaith vigil for refugees, held at First English Lutheran Church in Austin, hundreds packed the sanctuary and spilled out onto the sidewalk. Texas impact board members Simone Talma-Flowers and Rev. Krystal Leedy both spoke. Refugee families and service providers expressed gratitude for the outpouring of love and support they are receiving. 

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