Final Wrap-Up for the 86th Legislative Session!

Final Wrap-Up for the 86th Legislative Session!

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I joined the League almost 50 years ago because I believed the League would give me a voice in our representative government, where we often feel like our opinion gets lost. I have never felt so affirmed in this belief. Photo of Janet Imhoff

With the Governor’s veto deadline of June 16 passed, the 86th Legislative Session is over! The League’s 22 Issue Chairs did some wonderful work! And you - our members and supporters - were even more amazing! 

Janet Imhoff Advocacy Vice President

Here are some statistics to show what you all accomplished!

Action Alerts - A fantastic total of 51,760 emails were sent to our legislators through our One-Click Action Alerts! A big thank you to our members and supporters, and to our allied organizations who put links to our emails in their newsletters! The most responses were to these six alerts:

  • Thanks for Opposing Whitley’s Nomination and SB 9 (10,824),
  • Oppose SB 9 (5,122),
  • Support Children’s Health HB 342 (4891),
  • Support Medicaid for New Mothers-HB 744 (4,310),
  • Support Maternal Mental Health HB 2618 (3,773), and
  • Support Public Education HB 3 (3612)

Testimonies - We delivered 64 testimonies to committees, the majority on our three Priority Issues: Election Laws (14), Education (13), and Women’s Health (7). Twelve other Issue Chairs also wrote testimony. See all testimonies here.

Capitol Corps - Our 24 Capitol Corps members responded to 472 requests to drive to the Capitol to register for or against bills, and/or deliver testimony! We could not have been as effective without them. The most requests were for: Education (205), Election Laws (79), and Behavioral Health (43). Sixteen other Issue Chairs also made requests.Wow!

This truly shows we all have big hearts and we really want a fair elections process in Texas! Thank you!!

LEAGUE ISSUES AT THE 86th TEXAS LEGISLATURE:

All of our Issue chairs have written final blogs on the major activity in their areas. Please click on any of the issues below to see what happened this session, or go to Issues and Advocacy section on the LWVTX webpage

Be sure and thank the Issue Chairs in your League for their hard work and dedication to empowering voters and defending democracy in Texas!

Group of photos from Lobby days.
Behavioral Health - Alissa Sughrue (Austin)
Campaign Finance Reform - Ami Hooper (Bell County)
Capital Punishment - Susybelle Gosslee (Dallas)
Child Abuse - V’Anne Huser (Lavaca County)
Child Health - Celia Kaye (Collin County)
Climate Change - Michael Imhoff (Collin County)
Criminal Justice - Elaine Talarski (San Antonio Area)
Domestic Violence - V'Anne Huser (Lavaca County)
Drug Laws and Policies - Elaine Talarski (San Antonio Area)
Energy - Joy Paulson (Midland)
Equal Opportunity - Amber Briggle (Denton)
Gun Safety - Aimee Turney (Houston Area)
Hazardous Waste - Susybelle Gosslee (Dallas)
Human Trafficking - Meg Scott Johnson (Hill Country)
Immigration - Gloria Suarez Sasser (Comal County)
Judicial Selection - Julie Lowenberg (Dallas)
Land Use - Jensie Madden (Comal County)
Open Government - Linda Pavlik (Tarrant County)
Pay-Day and Auto Title Lending - Stephanie Mace (Collin County)
Redistricting/Census - Stephanie Swanson (Austin Area)
Transportation - Britin Bostick (Austin Area)
Water Resources - Cyndi Jackson (Hays County)
 

CALENDAR:

June
11 - Webinar: Another Sneak Attack -- Limiting Access to Benefits by Shrinking the Poverty Line 10-11 AM
Some federal officials want to change the way the government measures poverty, "moving the goal posts" and shrinking the (already-too-low) threshold for what qualifies as living in poverty. Register here.
 
28 Suffrage Centennial: Texas Women and the Right to Vote 7-9 PM
The Bob Bullock Texas History Museum will commemorate the centennial of Texas' ratification of the 19th amendment.
 
28 - Watch for the publication of the Texas Woman Suffrage ebook by the Texas State Historical Association. The League of Women Voters of Texas is a sponsor. Click here to see an example
 
July
15-19 - National Disability Voter Registration Week.
Make plans with your League to participate in person or on social media. Help bring the power of the vote to Texans with disabilities! http://www.revuptexas.org/
 
23 - LWVUS Policy and Action: Census 2020 2-3 PM
This webinar will discuss how Leagues can get involved with the 2020 Census. We'll highlight the resources, opportunities, and policies driving the implementation of the 2020 Census. Register here!
 
August
 100th anniversary
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!
 

RESOURCES

The Budget - The Legislature is Constitutionally required to adopt a budget for the next biennium, and the Texas Tribune did an excellent summary of the budget bills from the House and Senate, and how the conference committee melded their separate budgets. It’s very interesting to see how much money the spending priorities were allotted. You can read it here.

 

 

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