Legislative Update – March 27, 2015

The 84th Legislative Session intensified quite a bit this week. Many committees met until midnight or later, and the House Appropriations Committee voted to send the budget to the House floor for debate. I expect many more long days but am proud of the work being accomplished for Texans this session.

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Armed Citizen


A Scottsdale, Ariz., man who was shot during an assault recently was moved from a hospital room to a jail cell. The 28-year-old man had been shot after allegedly breaking into his estranged girlfriend’s home, holding her against her will and sexually assaulting her in early December. During the fracas, the woman broke free and fled, and the troublemaker chased her as she ran through the apartment complex knocking on doors looking for help. One neighbor who tried to help was allegedly attacked by the suspect. In fear for his life, and to protect the woman, that man retrieved a handgun and shot the assailant in the chest. The suspect ran off but collapsed about 150 yards away. He was taken to a hospital and two weeks later was released into police custody and jailed. Police said the shooter will not be charged. [The Republic, Phoenix, Ariz., 12/23/14]

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Patrick Henry

Patrick Henry

Senator Ted Cruz announced his 2016 candidacy for President of the United States on the 240th anniversary of Patrick Henry’s famous “Liberty or Death” speech. Coincidence?


by Patrick Henry, March 23, 1775

No man thinks more highly than I do of the patriotism, as well as abilities, of the very worthy gentlemen who have just addressed the House. But different men often see the same subject in different lights; and, therefore, I hope that it will not be thought disrespectful to those gentlemen, if entertaining, as I do, opinions of a character very opposite to theirs, I shall speak forth my sentiments freely, and without reserve. This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country. For my own part, I consider it as nothing less than a question of freedom or slavery.  And in proportion to the magnitude of the subject, ought to be the freedom of the debate. It is only in this way that we can hope to arrive at truth and fulfill the great responsibility which we hold to God and our country. Should I keep back my opinions at such a time, through fear of giving offense, I should consider myself as guilty of treason towards my country and of an act of disloyalty towards the majesty of Heaven which I revere above all earthly kings.

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Supreme Court turns away challenge to Wisconsin voter ID law

By Associated Press

Supreme Court BuildingMADISON, Wis. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a challenge to Wisconsin’s voter identification law, after having blocked the state from requiring photo IDs in November’s general election.

The justices’ action means the state is free to impose the voter ID requirement in future elections, but Republican Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel said it won’t be enforced for an election two weeks from now.

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King addresses a tax on a tax and other issues

Texas voters spoke loud and clear last November. Legislators were sent to Austin to govern conservatively and tackle some of the biggest issues facing not only our state, but also our entire country. I’m proud to tell you we are working hard to solve the problems that matter most to you.

Fighting Obamacare

Recently, I filed House Bill 2467 to stop an automatic tax increase triggered by Obamacare. This increase is in effect, a tax on a tax, and will result in higher healthcare costs for hardworking Texas families. I would invite you to read more about House Bill 2467 by clicking here. Rest assured I will continue to do everything I can to oppose Obamacare.

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The Breakdown of Where Your Tax Dollars Go

From TheDailySignal.com, by Romina Boccia, 03/17/15-         

Tax dollars paid for about 85 cents of every dollar spent in 2014—the rest was borrowed. Where did all that money go?

Your 2014 tax dollars—which are due next month—went primarily to pay for government benefits.

Major entitlements (Medicare, Medicaid, Obamacare and Social Security) devoured more than half of the 2014 budget at 51 percent of spending. Other federal benefits took another 19 percent, meaning that 70 percent of government spending went to pay some sort of benefit to someone.

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What could possibly go wrong? – Read SB 538


by Lenny Leatherman -

While reading Senate Bill 538, I remember thinking of  the TV show “What could possibly go wrong” on the Science Channel.

Almost immediately my mind took me back to the long ago TV character, Barney Fife.  Younger folks may not remember Barney, the likable bungling Deputy Sheriff on The Andy Griffith Show. If anything went wrong it usually involved Barney.

Could anything possibly go wrong if Senate Bill 538 becomes law in Texas? I believe the simple answer to that question is yes.

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Representative Phil King’s 84th Legislative Session Update

This week marked an important juncture in the 84th Legislative Session and also one of the busiest days yet. The House advanced legislation that will further secure our border, and the State & Federal Power & Responsibility Committee continued to look at ways to rein in the federal government.

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Texas Senate bill would allow wiggle room on graduation requirement

Sen. Kel Seliger

Sen. Kel Seliger

From The Dallas Morning Newstutz,  03/09/15 –

AUSTIN — The Senate is poised to approve an exemption that could let thousands of high school seniors graduate from high school despite failing end-of-course exams.

It’s based on a plan used in lower grades. And there, the result has been that most students who cannot pass state exams face little or no consequences.

State law requires that students pass an exam in fifth and eighth grades to move to the next grade. But nearly 9 in 10 Texas students who failed the STAAR in the fifth and eighth grades were still promoted in the fall of 2013, state figures show, because of the waiver provision that senators want to copy for high school tests.

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Gov. Walker signs bill making Wisconsin right-to-work state

Governor Scott Walker

Governor Scott Walker

From OneNewsNow, (Associated Press) –  

BROWN DEER, Wis. (March 9, 2015) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a right-to-work bill into law Monday, striking another blow against the power of organized labor.

Walker, a likely presidential candidate fresh on a weekend visit to Iowa, signed the bill affecting private-sector employees at an invitation-only ceremony at Badger Meter north of Milwaukee. The company’s president was one of the few business owners who publicly supported the measure, which rocketed through the Legislature in less than two weeks.

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