Join Us August 30 For Our Monthly Community Partners Conference Call!

Fri, 08/30/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Friends,

We would like to invite you to monthly “Final Friday Faith Community Conference Call” Friday August 30 from 11-noon hosted by Texas Impact Congregational Outreach Director Scott Atnip.

This month’s guest speaker will be Texas Impact Executive Director Bee Moorhead talking about the impact of the Affordable Care Act and how it might impact Community Partners.

The call in number is 712-432-3066 and code is 424548.

For more information, contact scott@texasimpact.org.

VISTA Project Orientation

Event Time: 
Tue, 08/20/2013 - 9:00am - Thu, 08/22/2013 - 1:00pm

Training for new Community Partner Recruitment Initiative VISTA volunteers.

Join us For a Criminal Justice Policy Information Session in Huntsville on August 12!

Mon, 08/12/2013 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

 

95% of individuals in our prisons and jails return home to their community.

Want to know more about the conditions of their confinement?

 

83rd Legislative Session Wrap Up

On Monday, May 27, 2013, the Regular Session of the 83rd Legislature came to an end.  Before each session, our board (representatives of 25 faith-based organizations, 17 of which are religious denominations) sets a legislative agenda that guides our work.  Lawmakers then file roughly 6,000 bills, and we engage in accordance with those legislative priorities. 

Join Us For Our May Community Partners Conference Call!

Community Partners Monthly Call This Friday at 11AM

Interested in participating in or learning more about the Community Partners Program that Texas Impact is working on? Join us for a conference call for Faith Communities this Friday, May 31, at 11 a.m. to talk more about the Community Partners Program.

This will be a time to hear how things are coming along in your community and ask any questions you may have regarding the Community Partners Program. Please spread the word to any folks in your church body and any others in your community that may be interested in learning more about the Program. They are welcome to join the call also.

To be on the conference call please call (712) 432-3066 and put in Conference Code: 424548 on Friday, May 31, at 11 am. Also, feel free to call our office and talk with Luke Haworth or Scott Atnip about any questions you may have.

I look forward to hearing from you and I hope you can join us on Friday!

Take Action - The Home Stretch!

The Home Stretch!

There's just one week to go in the 83rd Texas legislative session. Some of Texas Impact's priority bills are dead, and that's too bad--but others are almost through the process and we need your help to get them across the finish line!

Find your representative and senator here.

Rep. McClendon's HB 166, Innocence Commission, Passes The House

HB 166, Rep. McClendon's Innocence Commission bill, passed the Texas House today.

The Texas House has passed HB 166 creating a commission to study causes of wrongful conviction and sent the bill onto the Senate.

The vote was 115-28.

HB 166 would create a commission with a panel of 9 experts to study these cases, go back and examine what went wrong, and to provide recommendations to improve our accuracy and prevent this loss of liberty from happening again.

Humans are imperfect.  We create boards and commissions to study mistakes with regard to air travel, emergency rooms and hospitals.  The same should be true for criminal justice.

We congratulate Rep. McClendon who has long championed this legislation.  We thank the bipartisan ensemble of joint and co-authors for their commitment to improving our justice system.

Statement on Senate Bill 1247, the Payday Lending Reform Bill

 

(AUSTIN, Texas)–April 23, 2013–The Center for Public Policy Priorities and Texas Impact made the following statement in response to the Senate's passage of SB 1247, the payday lending reform bill:

"To protect low-income consumers, Texas must regulate payday and auto title lenders and stop the cycle of debt. Monday night, we applauded as the Senate took a strong stand for tough regulation. Tuesday morning, however, we faced the task of moving the Senate bill through the House.

"As we move forward, we must be realistic.

NUMBERS MATTER: REAL SAVINGS FOR REAL TEXANS THROUGH PAYDAY LENDING REGULATION

Texas Impact and the Center for Public Policy Priorities support payday lending regulation. We wrote an op-ed for the Quorum Report explaining why we think SB 1247 is so crucial for Texas:

Numbers matter in public policy. More often than not, public policy goals are expressed as magnitudes: we hope for less of a bad thing, or more of a good thing.

Numbers are especially important when the policy is about money. Is your policy goal to save people money? The policy results that matter are: how much money got saved and how many people saved it.

Lege TV: A Dozen Videos About Medicaid Extension In Texas

Texas Impact staff, friends and coalition partners testified on April 16 about a pair of bills that would expand access to health insurance for low-income Texans.

HB 3376 by Rep. Sylvester Turner and Rep. Lucio III relates "to expanding eligibility for medical assistance to certain persons under the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and ensuring the provision of quality care under and the effectiveness of the medical assistance program."

Sharia, Senate Bill 1639, and Building an Inclusive Community

In recent years, there has been a well-funded effort to push state legislatures around the country to prohibit the application of "sharia law" in American courts. In 2010, Oklahoma passed a referendum that expressly prohibited "sharia law," but it was later struck down by U.S. courts because it discriminated against a particular religion, thus violating the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. In response to this court defeat, proponents of anti-sharia measures have substituted "foreign law" in place of "sharia law" in recent legislative attempts.

Nuns on the Bus Come to Texas for Medicaid Expansion

On Wednesday, April 17 at 8:30 a.m., join us and the Nuns on the Bus at the South Steps of the Capitol to advocate for the expansion of Medicaid to low-income Texans. Catholic Sisters from around the state and Sister Simone Campbell, leader of NETWORK’s “Nuns on the Bus,” are coming to Austin to urge state officials to accept federal funds to make Medicaid eligibility more inclusive.

To learn why extending Medicaid coverage to low-income adults in Texas is smart, affordable, and fair, click here.

LegeTV: Texas Impact Board and Individual Members Testify About Criminal Justice

Texas Impact members and board members testified about criminal justice this week. Watch the videos below!


Helen Harkreader, Texas Impact member, testifies about her experiences as a nurse and in recent visits to juvenile justice facilities, in support of Sen. Van De Putte's SB 1356, requiring trauma-informed care training for certain staff of county and state juvenile facilities. She testified during a meeting of the Senate Criminal Justice committee, April 9, 2013.

Payday Lending Regulation: SB 1247

SB 1247 has been reported favorably from committee and will be coming to the Senate floor for a vote soon.

On April 2, the Senate Business and Commerce Committee approved the committee substitute for Senate Bill 1247, this session’s major payday lending reform bill. Texas Impact supports the bill because it brings meaningful regulation to the short-term lending industry.

Numbers are important in legislation. In taking a position on SB 1247, Texas Impact considered three numbers:

1. What percentage of payday loans would SB 1247 impact?
2. What percentage of borrowers would SB 1247 impact?
3. What percentage of consumer costs would SB 1247 impact?

Simple Change, Large Impact: SB 213 Criminal Justice Sunset Bill

Texas’ Sunset Advisory Commission was established as a way to ensure our state agencies are functioning effectively and are continuously moving towards improving their operations.  Today, we were able to observe first hand what can happen when a legislator’s commitment to better government meets with  advocates determination for better and more humane conditions for individuals in Texas’ prisons.

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