Capitol Action News! Keep Up the Momentum - Act Now!

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I am so proud of the response to our calls for action in our Action Alerts! You all have sent just over 2400 emails your legislators to let them know what issues are important to their constituents! There are three new calls to action this week.
 
  • Voting Rights: Students on college campuses need to be able to vote! They are interested and informed, but the lack of accessible polling places on or near campuses is a major problem. Our partner organization, Young Invincibles, has issued an Action Alert for HB 375, which would put a polling place on a campus which has at least 10,000 students. Click here to take action!
  •  Climate Change: There is movement on the Climate Change front in the Legislature! Representative Anchia has filed two bills which propose the creation of commissions to study the impact of climate change in Texas. Click here to to urge your officials to support a Climate Change Commission!
  •  Medicaid Expansion: Texas has one of the worst rates in the nation for uninsured citizens, and it is one of only 14 states which have not expanded Medicaid to low-income families who make too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to buy private insurance. Now Sen. Johnson and Reps. Israel and Bucy have filed Joint Resolutions which would allow Texans to vote on Medicaid expansion in next fall’s Constitutional Amendment election. But first one of the bills must pass the House and Senate by a two-thirds vote - a high bar. For more information see this article from the Texas Tribune. Click here to view our Action Alert and here to find more on the Child Health blog!
In addition, a rally in titled, “Let the People Vote Texas Rally for Medicaid Expansion!” will be held on Austin on March 4. The League of Women Voters of Texas is co-sponsoring this rally to be held on the south steps of the Capitol at 10 AM. I hope you can join us.
 
by Janet Imhoff
 

 SOCIAL MEDIA ACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK!

 
Grace! Do your part in making democracy work by sharing important information with your friends on social media!
 

SHARE our videos of HR1 and HR 375 with your friends! And make sure your friends and family are signed up for action alerts! Share the link below!

CAPITOL ACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK!

ACT NOW!
With just a few clicks, contact your representatives and let your voice be heard!
NATIONAL ALERT! Send an email to your US Representative in support of HR1. This bill comprises a bold, transformative set of reforms to strengthen our democracy and return political power to the people. NOW is the time for a comprehensive package of democracy reforms.
 
Texas must recognize and develop strategies to mitigate the effects of climate change! Support these bills to study the effects of Climate Change in Texas.
 
Let your legislators know that Texas voters should decide on Medicaid expansion.
 
Women’s access to contraception and healthcare services is being threatened. Contact your legislators to tell them how important this issue is to Texas Women.

Click here to take action on issues regarding children's health, public education, and redistricting reform!

LEAGUE PRIORITY ISSUES!

 
YOU can make an impact on legislation in Texas! Keep up on the issues you care about by reading updates from our fantastic League volunteers from around the state!
  • Voting Rights & Election Laws - Cinde Weatherby (Austin) (NEW!) The Young Invincibles call to action to put polling places on college campuses. Click hereto see Cinde Weatherby discuss voting and election issues with Bruce Elfant, Travis County Tax Assessor-Collector and Voter Registrar and Texas Impact! 
  • Financing Public Education - Diann Andy (San Antonio) (NEW!) The demands of following 413 education bills! House Public Education meets this week on 13 of them.
  • Women’s Health - Louise Hytken (Dallas) (NEW!) Important bills that would give access to safe legal abortions

NEW ISSUE UPDATES FOR THIS WEEK! 

  • Capital Punishment - Susybelle Gosslee (Dallas) Facts about the death penalty in 2019.
  • Child Abuse - V’Anne Huser (Lavaca Co.) The Health and Human Services Committee gets pregnant children bills. 
  • Child Health - Celia Kaye (Collin Co.) Why we need Medicaid Expansion and how we can get it!
  • Criminal Justice - Elaine Talarski (San Antonio) Bill to reform bail system for low-income sent to committee.
  •  Domestic Violence - V'Anne Huser (Lavaca County) Domestic violence and sexual assault bills are referred to committee.
  •  Drug Laws and Policies - Elaine Talarski (San Antonio) Bills are being sent to committees.
  •  Financing State Government - Ernie Wittwer (San Antonio Area) Why limiting property tax revenue to 2.5% is a bad idea.
  •  Hazardous Waste - Susybelle Gosslee (Dallas) Some bills on waste but none yet on high-level radioactive waste.
  •  Immigration - Gloria Suarez Sasser (Comal County) New bills deal with the detention of children under the age of 18 by immigration officials.
  •  Judicial Selection - Julie Lowenberg (Dallas) Reform of partisan judicial selection system is discussed by committee.  A League position!
  •  Land Use - Jensie Madden (Comal) Flood Control Planning: Bills proposing the first-ever state flood plan have been assigned to Senate Water & Rural Affairs committee.
  •  Redistricting/Census - Stephanie Swanson (Austin) We demand a non-partisan redistricting commission - use the Action Alerts to support reform and ensure the Redistricting Committee meets!
  •  Transportation - Britin Bostick (Austin) The Senate Transportation Committee to hear invited testimony.
 

KEEP UP WITH ALL THE ISSUES

  • Behavioral Health - Alissa Sughrue (Austin Area) Governor Abbott identifies children’s mental health as an emergency priority!
  • Climate Change - Michael Imhoff (Collin Co.) A promising new bill which would create a Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission.
  • Gun Safety - Aimee Mobley Turney (Houston)  30 House bills and 7 Senate bills have been filed!
  • Human Trafficking - Meg Scott Johnson (Hill Country) Reports on Human Trafficking Prevention month!
  • Land Use - Jensie Madden (Comal) New bills on Eminent Domain and funding for state parks.
  • Open Government - Linda Pavlik's (Tarrant County) The League is working with partners in coalition to introduce new provisions that strengthen Texas’ Sunshine Laws and improve public oversight.
  • Redistricting/Census - Stephanie Swanson (Austin) The League is an active member of the Fair Maps Coalition
 

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CALENDAR

February
Black History Month
 
March
Women's History Month
8 - International Women's Day
8 - Deadline for filing of bills and joint resolutions (other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and emergency matters submitted by the governor).
 
May
27 - Last day of 86th Legislature (sine die) (140th day)
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