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On August 1, as a prelude to Texas Impact’s Interfaith Lobby Day, we will gather with Rabbi Neil Blumofe and Rabbi Susan Lippe in the House Chamber to observe the Jewish holy day of Tisha b’Av, which begins at sundown on Monday, July 31.

Mainstream faith communities affirm respect, dignity, and welcome for every person. Discriminatory legislation that targets individuals based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity runs counter to Texan values.

Y'all Means All: Discrimination Has No Place in Texas

Dear Texas Lawmakers:

As members of Texas faith communities, we represent a large and diverse constituency that cares deeply about this state. We urge you to reaffirm our state’s commitment to welcome all who would call Texas home.

Mainstream faith communities affirm the shared values of respect, dignity, and welcome for every person. Discriminatory legislation that targets individuals based on sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity runs counter to Texan values.

Texas Impact presents a wrap-up of the 85th Texas Legislature -- bills that passed, bills that failed to pass, and bills that were vetoed by the Governor. Texas Impact's work during the 85th Texas Legislature was informed by our consensus 2017 Texas Impact Legislative Priorities.

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U.S. Senators unveiled their health care reform bill Thursday morning. The bill was developed behind closed doors, and Senate Republican leaders are hoping to have a vote on the Senate floor before a weeklong recess beginning June 30th.

President Trump and Republicans in Congress campaigned on pledges to cover more people, lower costs, and protect Medicaid. The Senate bill breaks all those promises.

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In 2017, so-called “bathroom” legislation was introduced in the Texas Legislature. The issue, which had not been a topic of discussion previously in Texas, was instantly divisive and contentious. Lt. Governor Patrick views the legislation as a top priority, while Speaker Straus has said that the legislation is unnecessary and potentially harmful for the state’s economy.

Items on the governor's call:

Sunset Commission review of state agencies.

Average salary and benefits of Texas teachers; and legislation to provide a more flexible and rewarding salary and benefit system for Texas teachers.

Statewide commission to study and recommend improvements to the current public school finance system.

Special education vouchers

Property taxes

Spending limit for state government

Spending limit for political subdivisions

Repealing local tree ordinances

President Trump last Thursday announced that he would be pulling the United States out of the Paris Agreement, a global agreement to cap global temperature rise to 2 degrees C as well as provide poorer countries the means to combat climate change effictively and sustainably. 195 countries signed on to the Paris Agreement and the United States played a key role in negotiations, ultimately signing on in April of last year.

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