Texas Eagle Forum Legislative Update 4-22-13

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Deadlines
The House has only passed about 1/3 of the bills they’d passed by this time last session and deadlines are looming (http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/scanned/calendars/2013calendar.pdf). May 9, for example, will be the LAST day for House to consider 2nd reading of HBs/HJRs on the Daily or Supplemental Calendar. We must remain vigilant as we wait for legislators to act.

LIFE–30 Mile Rule
HB 2816 by Reps. Cindy Burkett | Bonnen, Greg | Pat Fallon | Marcia Farney and Coauthors Reps. Anderson | Ashby | Bell | Bohac | Bonnen, Dennis | Capriglione | Carter | Clardy | Craddick | Creighton | Elkins | Fletcher | Flynn | Frank | Frullo | Goldman | Gonzales, Larry | Harless | Harper-Brown | Hughes | Isaac | Kacal | King, Ken | King, Phil | Kleinschmidt | Klick | Kolkhorst | Krause | Laubenberg | Lozano | Miller, Rick | Morrison | Murphy | Orr | Paddie | Parker | Perry | Phillips | Pitts | Price | Raney | Riddle | Sanford | Schaefer | Sheets | Sheffield, Ralph | Simmons | Simpson | Springer | Stephenson | Stickland | Taylor, Van | Thompson, Ed | Toth | Turner, Scott | White | Zedler would require a physician performing or inducing an abortion to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the abortuary. After a public hearing last week, HB 2816 is pending in the House State Affairs Committee. Please ask those committee members to vote HB 2816 OUT of committee.
Chair: Rep. Byron Cook
Vice Chair: Rep. Helen Giddings
Members: Rep. Tom Craddick
Rep. Jessica Farrar
Rep. John Frullo
Rep. Charlie Geren
Rep. Patricia Harless
Rep. Harvey Hilderbran
Rep. Dan Huberty
Rep. José Menéndez
Rep. René Oliveira
Rep. John T. Smithee
Rep. Sylvester Turner

Death Panel Bill Passes Senate 24-6
Misinformation wrought divisiveness among legislators that would typically vote pro-life, when ALL but one pro-life group OPPOSED SB 303.
SB 303 vote record Yeas: Campbell, Carona, Davis, Deuell, Duncan, Ellis, Eltife, Estes, Fraser, Garcia, Hinojosa, Huffman, Lucio, Nelson, Nichols, Rodrı́guez, Schwertner, Seliger, Uresti, Van de Putte, Watson, West, Whitmire, Zaffirini.
Nays: Hancock, Hegar, Patrick, Paxton, Taylor, Williams.
Absent-excused: Birdwell.
The following evaluation is by the CONSERVATIVE American Association of Physicians & Surgeons entitled, “Death Panel Bill passes TX Senate moves to House.”

“Death Panel Bill SB 303, which allows hospitals to impose “do not attempt resuscitation” (DNAR) orders against patients without their consent and even without their knowledge, was rushed through the Texas Senate [on April 18] despite opposition by the Association of American Physicians & Surgeons (AAPS) and by virtually every other leading pro-patient group. This bill transfers power from patients and their personal physicians to hospital administration, which can then impose DNAR orders without any legal accountability.

AAPS applauds the six Texas senators who opposed this bill: Larry Taylor, Glenn Hegar, Kelly Hanock, Tommy Williams, Dan Patrick and Ken Paxton.

The Texas Hospital Association, which has opposed every bill supported by AAPS this session, pushed this death panel bill through the Texas Senate Wednesday. But the THA is less powerful in the Texas House, which is more responsive to patients.

AAPS is joining with many other groups to “score” how House members vote on this dreadful bill, for inclusion in a scorecard to educate patients and voters.

Please contact your Representative and ask him to oppose this power grab by hospitals. HB 1444 is the House companion bill to SB 303. Patients and their families should not be victimized by DNAR orders without their consent and even their knowledge.”

Abortion Regulation PUBLIC HEARING on Wednesday, April 24, in the House State Affairs Committee at 1:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess in the JHReagan Bldg., Room 140
HB 3302 by Reps. Matt Krause | Brandon Creighton | Doc Anderson and Coauthors Reps. Bonnen, Greg | Capriglione | Fletcher | Harper-Brown | Hughes | King, Phil | Klick | Laubenberg | Miller, Rick | Murphy | Otto | Perry | Riddle | Sanford | Springer | Stephenson | Stickland | Toth | White | Zedler would regulate abortion procedures. Please ask these Committee members to SUPPORT HB 3302.
Chair: Rep. Byron Cook
Vice Chair: Rep. Helen Giddings
Members: Rep. Tom Craddick
Rep. Jessica Farrar
Rep. John Frullo
Rep. Charlie Geren
Rep. Patricia Harless
Rep. Harvey Hilderbran
Rep. Dan Huberty
Rep. José Menéndez
Rep. René Oliveira
Rep. John T. Smithee
Rep. Sylvester Turner

Abortuary Licensing
HB 159 by Rep. Van Taylor would allow denial of a license to open an abortuary if a previous license was revoked, suspended, or terminated. Please ask the Calendars Committee to schedule HB 159 for a vote on the House floor.
Chair: Rep. Todd Hunter
Vice Chair: Rep. Eddie Lucio III
Members: Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo
Rep. Carol Alvarado
Rep. Dan Branch
Rep. Angie Chen Button
Rep. Byron Cook
Rep. Myra Crownover
Rep. Sarah Davis
Rep. Craig Eiland
Rep. John Frullo
Rep. Charlie Geren
Rep. Helen Giddings
Rep. John Kuempel
Rep. Doug Miller

ALAC, American Laws for American Courts
SB 1639 by Sen. John Carona and Coauthors Sens. Birdwell and Paxton would direct Texas courts to use Texas and American laws. It is expected on the Senate floor soon. Please ask your Senator to VOTE YES on SB 1639.

Slot Machines, aka 8-Liners–PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, April 23 in the Licensing & Administrative Procedures Committee at 12:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess in E1.010.
HJR 27 by Rep. Richard Raymond is a proposed constitutional amendment to authorize local option elections to legalize or prohibit the operation of slot machines, also called eight-liners. Please ask these committee members to OPPOSE HJR 27.
Chair: Rep. Wayne Smith
Vice Chair: Rep. John Kuempel
Members: Rep. Charlie Geren
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Ryan Guillen
Rep. Roland Gutierrez
Rep. Borris Miles
Rep. Walter “Four” Price
Rep. Senfronia Thompson

Texas Lottery Commission–VOTE ON THE HOUSE FLOOR Tuesday, April 23
HB 2197 by Rep. Raphael Anchia would continue the Texas Lottery Commission.
Please ask your Representative to VOTE NO on HB 2197.

Covenant Marriage–PUBLIC HEARING on Monday, April 22 in the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee at 2:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess in E2.012
HB 1673 by Reps. Charles Perry | James White | King, Phil | Scott Sanford and Coauthors Reps. Simmons | Zedler would strengthen Texas marriages. Texas Eagles Barbara & Tom Mandry, who have been very effective in helping Rep. Perry with this bill tell us that “Texas has the opportunity to become a Covenant Marriage state. There are only two other states with this distinction. This is an option couples can choose to honor their marriage vows and strengthen their marriage. Let’s help reduce the 84,000 divorces annually in Texas!” Please ask committee members to SUPPORT HB 1673.
Chair: Rep. Tryon D. Lewis
Vice Chair: Rep. Jessica Farrar
Members: Rep. Marsha Farney
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna
Rep. Todd Hunter
Rep. Ken King
Rep. Richard Peña Raymond
Rep. Senfronia Thompson

Divorce Reform–PUBLIC HEARING in the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee at 2:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess on Monday, April 22 in E2.012
HB 3303 by Rep. Matt Krause creates a waiting period for a divorce when young children are affected. Please ask committee members to SUPPORT HB 3303.
Chair: Rep. Tryon D. Lewis
Vice Chair: Rep. Jessica Farrar
Members: Rep. Marsha Farney
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna
Rep. Todd Hunter
Rep. Ken King
Rep. Richard Peña Raymond
Rep. Senfronia Thompson

Divorce Reform–PUBLIC HEARING in the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee at 2:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess on Monday, April 22 in E2.012
HB 3470 by Rep. Dwayne Bohac would require an attorney to provide information to a client about arbitration, mediation,collaborative law, and alternatives before accepting representation of a client seeking divorce. Please ask committee members to SUPPORT HB 3470.
Chair: Rep. Tryon D. Lewis
Vice Chair: Rep. Jessica Farrar
Members: Rep. Marsha Farney
Rep. Lance Gooden
Rep. Ana Hernandez Luna
Rep. Todd Hunter
Rep. Ken King
Rep. Richard Peña Raymond
Rep. Senfronia Thompson

CSCOPE
SB 1406 by Sens. Dan Patrick and Donna Campbell and Coauthors Sens. Nelson | Paxton would grant the State Board of Education oversight of regional education service center activities concerning certain curriculum management systems. The Senate passed SB 1406 on April 15 and is awaiting referral to a House committee.

Public School Checkbooks Online
HB 284 by Rep. Bill Zedler and Coauthors Reps. Capriglione | King, Phil | Laubenberg | Miller, Rick | Sanford | Taylor, Van would require public schools to put their checkbooks online, which is already done by the largest ISDs in Texas. It was reported out of the House Public Education Committee and is headed to the Calendars Committee. Please ask those committee members to schedule HB 284 for a House floor vote.
Chair: Rep. Todd Hunter
Vice Chair: Rep. Eddie Lucio III
Members: Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo
Rep. Carol Alvarado
Rep. Dan Branch
Rep. Angie Chen Button
Rep. Byron Cook
Rep. Myra Crownover
Rep. Sarah Davis
Rep. Craig Eiland
Rep. John Frullo
Rep. Charlie Geren
Rep. Helen Giddings
Rep. John Kuempel
Rep. Doug Miller

Charter Schools–PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, April 23 in the House Public Education Committee upon final adjourn./recess in E2.036
SB 2 by Sen. Dan Patrick and Coauthor Sen. Donna Campbell passed the Senate on April 11 and the House committee will have a public hearing this week. Please ask the committee members to retain oversight by the ELECTED State Board of Education, rather than moving oversight to the UNELECTED Commissioner of Education and the Texas Education Agency.
Chair: Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock
Vice Chair: Rep. Alma Allen
Members: Rep. John Davis
Rep. Joe Deshotel
Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr.
Rep. Marsha Farney
Rep. Dan Huberty
Rep. Ken King
Rep. Bennett Ratliff
Rep. Justin Rodriguez
Rep. Mike Villarreal

Parental Rights Resolution
HCR 38 by Rep. Cindy Burkett is a request for a U.S. Constitutional Amendment to reiterate the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing of their children and that the interests of children are best served when parents are free to make decisions regarding their education, their religion, and other aspects of their lives without governmental interference. After a public hearing on April 17, HCR 38 is pending in committee. Please ask the Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility Committee to VOTE OUT of its committee HCR 38.
Chair: Rep. Brandon Creighton
Members: Rep. Cindy Burkett
Rep. Eddie Lucio III
Rep. Scott Turner
Rep. Armando Walle

Gold Standard in Texas–PUBLIC HEARING in Appropriations – subcommittee on Budget Transparency and Reform on Tuesday, April 23 in E1.030 at 2 p.m. or upon adj.
HB 3505 by Reps. Giovani Capriglione | King, Phil | George Lavender and Coauthors Reps. Hughes | Laubenberg would require delivery of a specified precious metal, in bullion, specie, or a combination of both to the person demanding a quantity of it. Please as the committee members to SUPPORT HB 3505.
Chair: Rep. Myra Crownover
Vice Chair: Rep. Oscar Longoria
Members: Rep. Drew Darby
Rep. Donna Howard
Rep. John Raney
Rep. Bennett Ratliff

Environmental Rules Fiscal Impact Statement
HB 147 by Reps. Cindy Burkett | Brandon Creighton | Sheffield, Ralph would require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to draft an impact analysis describing the anticipated effects of each proposed environmental rule to expand application of the statute and ensure that the requirement is observed. HB 147 has been pending in committee after a public hearing for over a month. Please ask members of the Environmental Regulation Committee to vote HB 147 OUT of committee.
Chair: Rep. Patricia Harless
Vice Chair: Rep. Marisa Márquez
Members: Rep. Jason Isaac
Rep. Kyle J. Kacal
Rep. Tryon D. Lewis
Rep. Ron Reynolds
Rep. Ed Thompson
Rep. Chris Turner
Rep. Jason Villalba

Ballot Harvesting
HB 148 by Rep. Cindy Burkett creates an offense for ballot harvesting in which individuals are paid per ballot to harvest mail-in ballots, or to going door-to-door collecting eligible ballots and then post them on behalf of voters. There currently is no statutory limit as to the number of times a person may act as a courier for mail-in ballots in a given election, and concerned parties contend that some mail-in ballot harvesters provide unlawful assistance or unlawful witness to voters, as well as electioneering in the presence of an active ballot. Please ask the Calendars Committee members to schedule HB 148 for a floor vote.
Chair: Rep. Todd Hunter
Vice Chair: Rep. Eddie Lucio III
Members: Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo
Rep. Carol Alvarado
Rep. Dan Branch
Rep. Angie Chen Button
Rep. Byron Cook
Rep. Myra Crownover
Rep. Sarah Davis
Rep. Craig Eiland
Rep. John Frullo
Rep. Charlie Geren
Rep. Helen Giddings
Rep. John Kuempel
Rep. Doug Miller

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