Act Now on the Issues That Matter to YOU! Capitol Action Report!

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Why is voting so hard? Young woman Rules! Exceptions! Roadblocks!

Why is voting so hard -- and what can I do about it?  Great question! Take these two actions to protect democracy in Texas! These bills make voting more difficult and continue the fear-mongering about election safety.

 
 
 
Clear river water.

Citizens Need Independent Judges for TCEQ Hearings! Help protect air and water quality! Urge your Rep. to vote “No” on HB 3114. This bill is a threat to the contested case hearing process for the TCEQ and could harm our air and water.

 
 
CONTINUING Action Alerts
For more, visit the Action Alerts webpage.

Texas Capitol in the dark. Oppose SB 17.  There is no license to discriminate!

SB 17 is a vehicle to justify discrimination, particularly against LGBTQ Texans. Click here to tell your Rep. to oppose SB 17.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 

Pile of coins.  Oppose HJR 3 No Unfair Taxes on Low Income Texans

HJR 3 would raise the sales tax by 1%, hurting low-income Texans the most. Click here to oppose HJR 3. Vote scheduled for this Wednesday!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
CliOppose SB 23 A cruel and unnecessary billck here to tell your Rep. to oppose SB 23! This bill would intimidate doctors and could put women's lives at risk.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

NEWS FROM THE CAPITOL - April 15, 2019

By Janet Imhoff, Vice President

 
The BAD news!  
Voters are asking us: “Why is voting so hard...so many rules, exceptions, roadblocks?
 
Great question! Answer: Bad election laws! You can take these two actions to protect democracy in Texas! These bills make voting more difficult and continue the fear-mongering about election safety. They seek to block innovation and efficiency.
  
The GOOD News!
  • RedistrictingThe House Redistricting Committee met for the first time and is setting up hearings around the state to get citizen input. Issue Chair Stephanie Swanson testified at the hearing and did a terrific job! The League has signed on to a Texas Civil Rights Project letter asking for more locations for the hearings. Watch for further developments! 
  • In anticipation of the Senate voting on SB 9, League members gathered at the Capitol to stand in witness to this bill that would intimidate voters and suppress voter participation. Check out the video of our League members defending democracy!

LEAGUE PRIORITY ISSUES:

Keep up with your priority issues!

Voting Rights & Election Laws - Cinde Weatherby (Austin)
A huge League Thank YOU to the nearly 1,500 who contacted their Senators about SB 9in the past week!!! We also appreciate the large number of local Leaguers and friends who filled a couple of sections in the Senate Gallery. (video)
 
Financing Public Education Diann Andy (San Antonio)
HB 3 - It has $6.3 billion in new funds for public schools! What else is in the bill? HJR 3 comes before the House Ways and Means committee Wednesday along with HB 4621 and several other bills that will affect how schools get their funding and how we pay our taxes!
 

UPDATES ON KEY ISSUES:

 
Behavioral Health - Alissa Sughrue (Austin Area)
$1 million to suicide prevention in the House budget!
Capital Punishment - Susybelle Gosslee (Dallas)
California and New Hampshire are moving to eliminate the death penalty in their states! 
Child Abuse - V’Anne Huser (Lavaca Co.)
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month! How you can help.
Child Health - Celia Kaye (Collin County)
Two new bills for pregnant moms and children! Contact your legislator now!
Domestic Violence V'Anne Huser (Lavaca County)
“Debt” as a domestic violence weapon! More common than we think!
Energy Joy Paulson (Midland)
Who are the players in wind power in Texas?
Immigration - Gloria Suarez Sasser (Comal County)
We support three bills that will help the Immigrant community!
Judicial Selection Julie Lowenberg (Dallas)
Finally! Two bills to study judicial selection, passed committee!
Land Use Jensie Madden (Comal)
Let your legislators know that land conservation is just as important for flood control as dams!
Transportation - Britin Bostick (Austin)
Digital license plates?! And Peer-to-peer vehicle sharing?!
Water Resources Cyndi Jackson (Hays County)
The leading cause of water quality problems? Non-point source pollution!
 
Go to the League's Advocacy & Issues webpage to see all the League issues.

 CALENDAR

April
22 - 30 - Early Voting for Texas' local elections
 
23 - Vote by Mail Application Deadline
 
May
 
27 - Last day of 86th Legislature (sine die) (140th day)
 
June
28 - Suffrage Centennial: Texas Women and the Right To Vote! at the Bob Bullock Texas History Museum. This free event will commemorate the centennial of Texas' ratification of the 19th amendment. Celina Stewart, LWVUS Director of Advocacy and Litigation is a featured speaker.
 
October
The Texas League will be commemorating 100 years of "organizing agitating & educating" at the St. Anthony Hotel in San Antonio where the League was founded in 1919! Speakers include: Patricia (Trish) Cunningham Nicholson, the great grandniece of Minnie Fisher Cunningham will speak on the "Power of Women" and Dr. Jessica Brannon-Wranosky, Ph.D. will address the heroic struggle to achieve full voting rights for all women in Texas. Save the date! More details to follow!
 

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