Capitol Action Report 1.25.19 Hey! This Texas Bill Map is so cool

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The big news this week is that both the Senate and the House have named their committee chairs and committees! The Senate will have 16 Standing Committees and the House will have 34. 
 
The committees that are working hard now are the House Appropriations and Senate Finance, both of which write the budgets for the next two years. They will soon begin holding hearings on HB1 and SB1 respectively, and soon the two budgets will have to be reconciled.  After the budget for 2019-21 is passed, the other committee work will begin.
 
Public School Finance, is getting different treatments by the two chambers. According to the Texas Tribune the Texas House and Senate about $3 billion apart on public education spending. Financing Public Education Issue Chair Dian Andy has done an excellent job of summarizing the issues and bills.  Click here to see her write up.
 

In non-legislative news from Austin, the Secretary of State issued an  Advisory to County Voter Registrars and Elections Administrators about the use of non-U.S. citizen data obtained from the Department of Public Safety. It alleges a large number of non-citizens are registered and voting. LWVTX President Grace Chimene and Voting Rights/Election Law Issue Chair Cinde Weatherby spent the weekend looking into the issue. Click here to see more information about it. It’s one more reason to use the easy One-Click action to contact your State Rep. and Senator about voting systems!

By Janet Imhoff, Vice President
 

MAPS OF BILLS FILED BY THE 86TH TEXAS LEGISLATURE (2019)

Hey! This Texas Bill Map is so cool -- at least for political nerds like us! The intensity of the color varies based on the number of bills filed. Curious about what bills your elected officials have filed? Check it out here! Kudos to Jeff Reichman, a member of the LWV Houston Area! #txlege
 

LEAGUE PRIORITY ISSUES:

Voting Rights & Election Laws - Cinde Weatherby (Austin Area)

Hot news this week deals with alleged voter registration and voting by non-U.S. Citizens.  It is another reason to support our top priority of passing electronic voter registration.

 
Public Education - Diann Andy (San Antonio Area)
When it comes to funding public education in Texas, everyone agrees on two things:
1) The public education funding system is incredibly complex, inequitable and completely inadequate and must be fixed and 2) property taxes, the major source for public education funding, are rising too high. However, how we fix these two problems remains elusive.
 
Women’s Health - Louise Hytken (Dallas Area)

One of our priorities is to ensure funding for women’s preventive healthcare, including contraception, to fully meet the need among low-income, uninsured women.

 

NEW ISSUE UPDATES THIS WEEK!

 
Child Abuse - V’Anne Huser (Lavaca County)
New Budget proposals show less money for mental health and child abuse prevention.
 
Child Health - Celia Kaye (Collin County)
A new article on the crisis caused by the high number of children and adults in Texas without health insurance.
 
Climate Change - Michael Imhoff (Collin County)
A promising new bill which would create a Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Commission.
 
Domestic Violence - V'Anne Huser (Lavaca County)
A new bill could harm women trying to escape domestic abuse, and one would help victims of economic abuse.
 
Land Use - Jensie Madden (Comal County)

The first-ever state flood plan proposed in the Senate!

 

CAPITOL ACTIONS FOR THIS WEEK!

There will be new Action Alerts as bills move forward in the House and Senate. For now, we are asking you to let your legislators know these are issues you care about.
 
1.   Modernize Texas Elections!

One more reason popped up this past week to demand modernizing voter registration in Texas. For more on that and all of the other reasons, check out Voting Rights/Election Laws Issue Chair Cinde Weatherby’s blog.

 
2.  Support Redistricting Reform!
Check out Redistricting/Census Issue Chair Stephanie Swanson's blog on the League Advocacy webpages and click here to send a message to your legislatorsAlmost 600 emails have already gone out to Texas legislators on this issue!
 
3.   Social Media Action:
Follow LWVTX on Facebooktwitter and/or Instagram!
 
Woman with Sign up for Action Alerts Texas Action to 80123
4.   Texas Star Action:

Have 5 friends sign up for League text Action Alerts! Ask them to Text: ACTION, To: 80123

 

OTHER TEXAS ISSUES: Keep up with all the issues you care about!

 
Drug Laws and Policies - Elaine Talarski (San Antonio Area)
Legislators are interested in marijuana for medical use.
 
Human Trafficking - Meg Scott Johnson (Hill Country)
Reports on Human Trafficking Prevention month!
 
Immigration - Gloria Suarez Sasserr (Comal Area)
The treatment of immigrants and refugees at the border, "the wall" and changes to the Sanctuary Cities legislation are some of the bills that have already been filed.
 
Behavioral Health - Alissa Sughrue (Austin Area)
Highlights the relationship between maternal mortality and behavioral health.
 
Criminal Justice Elaine Talarski (San Antonio Area)
We are following bills relating to reform in the criminal justice system for individuals arrested and charged with a misdemeanor and improvement in the care of the mentally ill individual arrested and jailed.
 
Child Health - Celia I. Kaye, MD, PhD (Collin County)
Reports on Texas' high rate of uninsured, as well as children affected by gun violence.
 
Financing State Government Ernie Wittwer (San Antonio Area)
Find out how much money is available for the Texas Budget.
 
Judicial Selection - Julie Lowenberg (Dallas)
Posted a review of judicial selection.
 
Open Government Linda Pavlik (Tarrant County)
Working with partners in coalition to introduce new provisions that strengthen Texas’ Sunshine Laws and improve public oversight is the focus of Issue Chair ) work in this area. See last week's Capitol Action Minute video 
 
Transportation - Britin Bostick (Austin Area)
We are tracking the almost 200 transportation bills that have already been filed! Toll roads, drivers' licenses, vehicle and trailer registrations, child safety seats, memorial highways, and the creation of regional transportation authorities are all on the list.
 

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CALENDAR

February
 
March
  • Women's History Month
  • 8 - International Women's Day
  • 8 - Deadline for the unrestricted filing of bills and joint resolutions other than local bills, emergency appropriations, and emergency matters submitted by the governor. (60th day)
 
May
  • 27 - Last day of 86th Legislature (sine die) (140th day)
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