What's going on at the Capitol? Capitol Action Report 3.11.19

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Protect the right to vote for ALL citizens. Urge your Senator to vote NO on the nomination of David Whitley as Secretary of State.
 
These two (duplicate) bills would limit school districts and other taxing authorities to an annual increase of just 2.5% (the current allowance is 8%). They will not help fund public education!
 
This bill would prohibit cities and counties from requiring certain benefits and protections for employees (like paid sick leave), and would also gut non-discrimination ordinances.
 

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WHAT'S GOING ON AT THE CAPITOL?

By Janet Imhoff, Vice President 
March 8 was the last date new legislation to be filed and now the committee work begins. It will be interesting to see which bills move forward and which do not.
 
Your voice counts now more than ever!
 
The 140-day session is not even halfway over yet and our 22 Issue Chairs have been extremely busy! Thank you, Issue Chairs!
 
Since 2/19, we have taken the following actions at the Capitol:
 
  • Delivered 8 testimonies
  • Registered our position in support or opposition of 45 bills
  • Sent letters to 3 committees
  • Interacted with 3 Senate Committees and 10 House Committees
 
Action Alerts - We have posted 14 Action Alerts. The alerts have generated over 3100 emails to our legislators. Thank you so much! And keep up the good work!
 
Weighing on on issues: Another big thank you goes to Mary Venn and the Capitol Corps volunteers in Austin for testifying and registering pro/con on behalf of all of us! We could not have this impact without them.

 

LEAGUE PRIORITY ISSUES

Voting Rights & Election Laws - Cinde Weatherby (Austin) (NEW!)
We have delivered six testimonies and registered our support or opposition on 8 other bills!
 
Financing Public Education - Diann Andy (San Antonio) (NEW!)
What will the new House Education Finance bill (HB 3) do? For additional info, read this Texas Tribune article.
 
Women’s Health - Louise Hytken (Dallas) (NEW!)
LWV is following several new bills which would restrict abortion and contraceptive access that have been filed in the past 2 weeks.
 

NEW ISSUE UPDATES FOR THIS WEEK

Click on the issue to read the updated issue blog.

  • Behavioral Health - Alissa Sughrue (Austin Area) Ten important bills related to behavioral health.
  • Capital Punishment - Susybelle Gosslee (Dallas) New bills regarding the death penalty! 
  • Child Health - Celia Kaye (Collin County) Bills about Gun Violence and Medicaid Expansion! 
  • Climate Change - Michael Imhoff (Collin Co.) The risk of mentioning the words “Global Warming.”
  • Criminal Justice - Elaine Talarski (San Antonio) Bill to reform bail system for low-income scheduled for a hearing!
  • Domestic Violence - V'Anne Huser (Lavaca County A mixed bag of new bills for victims of domestic violence.
  • Drug Laws and Policies - Elaine Talarski (San Antonio) We support HB 63 to reduce penalties for small amounts of marijuana.
  • Equal Opportunity - Amber Briggle Action Alert to oppose SB 15!
  • Gun Safety - Aimee Mobley Turney (Houston) Testimony on a good bill and opposition to six bad bills!
  • Immigration - Gloria Suarez Sasser (Comal County) Bills to support and a major one to oppose!
  • Land Use - Jensie Madden (Comal) Contentious hearing over protections for landowners. LWVTX testimony in support of SB 421, especially regarding provision for public meeting. 
  • Pay-Day and Auto Title Lending Stephanie Mace  44 cities have adopted the Uniform Local Ordinance to regulate pay-day lending, plus bill we are supporting and opposing!
  • Redistricting/Census - Stephanie Swanson (Austin) Finally, some bills to establish a Redistricting Commission!
  • Transportation - Britin Bostick (Austin) Several bills are heard which seek to prevent deaths on Texas highways! 
  • Water Resources - Cyndi Jackson HB 1044 will protect groundwater and aquifers!

KEEP UP WITH ALL THE ISSUES

Go to the League's Advocacy & Issues webpage to see all the League issues.

CALENDAR

March
  • Women's History Month 
May
  • 27 - Last day of 86th Legislature (sine die) (140th day)

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