Texas legislative session update

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Texas Eagles Beth Biesel, Trayce Bradford, Maria Espinoza, Carolyn Galloway, MerryLynn Gerstenschlager and Tom & Barbara Mandry have done a tremendous job volunteering throughout the Texas legislative session defending our pro-life, pro-family principles. The session concludes on May 27, but looming DEADLINES beginning on May 9.will KILL most bills. http://www.lrl.state.tx.us/scanned/calendars/2013calendar.pdf Legislators are now looking for bills to attach their bills to–as amendments.

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ALAC, American Laws for American Courts–Thank you Dallas Eagle Forum President Trayce Bradford and former State Rep. Carolyn Galloway for the countless hours you have spent lobbying on our behalf.
SB 1639 by Sen. John Carona and Coauthors Sens. Birdwell and Paxton would direct Texas courts to use Texas and American laws. Please PRAY that It will gain the 21 votes necessary for it to be brought to the Senate floor for a vote. Please ask your Senator to VOTE YES on SB 1639. first.last@senate.state.tx.us

HB 750 is the companion bill by Reps. Harvey Hilderbran, Dan Flynn and Jeff Leach and Coauthors Reps. Bohac, Dennis Bonnen, Greg Bonnen, Capriglione, Creighton, Farney, Gooden, Harper-Brown, Krause, Laubengerg, Rick Miller, Sheets, Stephenson, Van Taylor, Ed Thompson, Toth, Villaba, Zedler and Zerwas. Please ask your Rep. to SUPPORT SB 1639/ HB 750 when it comes to the House floor. first.last@house.state.tx.us

Smart Meters
Thanks to Texas Eagle leader Beth Biesel for her diligence to protect us from MANDATORY “smart meters” and associated COSTS to remove or read meters. SB 241 is STUCK in the Senate Business & Commerce Committee. Please ask committee members to vote SB 241 OUT of committee.
Chair: Sen. John Carona
Vice Chair: Sen. Larry Taylor
Members: Sen. Kevin Eltife
Sen. Craig Estes
Sen. Kelly Hancock
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
Sen. Kirk Watson
Sen. John Whitmire

LIFE, Abortionist Required to have Hospital Privileges within 30-mile Radius of Abortuary
HB 2816 by primary author Rep. Cindy Burkett, et al has been sent to the Calendars Committee. Please ask the committee members to schedule HB 2816 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

Its companion bill SB 1198 by primary author Senator Larry Taylor is on the Senate Intent Calendar. Please ask your Senator to VOTE YES on SB 1198. first.last@senate.state.tx.us

Death Panel Bill
SB 303 by Senator Bob Deuell and Coauthors Senators Estes | Lucio was sent to the House Public Health Committee after passing the Senate. Please ask the House committee members to NOT schedule SB 303 for a public hearing.
Chair: Rep. Lois W. Kolkhorst
Vice Chair: Rep. Elliott Naishtat
Members: Rep. Garnet Coleman
Rep. Nicole Collier
Rep. Philip Cortez
Rep. Sarah Davis
Rep. R. D. “Bobby” Guerra
Rep. Susan King
Rep. Jodie Laubenberg
Rep. J. D. Sheffield
Rep. Bill Zedler

Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research–PUBLIC HEARING at 8:00 AM on Wednesday, May 1 in E1.014
SB 67 by Senator Jane Nelson has passed the Senate. It would require TX universities to report how much money they’re spending on human embryonic & adult stem cell research and who is funding it. Please ask the House Higher Ed Committee members to SUPPORT HB 67.
Chair: Rep. Dan Branch
Vice Chair: Rep. Diane Patrick
Members: Rep. Roberto R. Alonzo
Rep. Travis Clardy
Rep. Drew Darby
Rep. Donna Howard
Rep. Armando Martinez
Rep. Jim Murphy
Rep. John Raney

Abortion Facility Standards
SB 537 by Senators Deuell | Campbell | Schwertner and coauthors Senators Nelson | Paxton | Williams would require minimum standards for an abortion facility, equivalent to the minimum standards for ambulatory surgical centers. Please ask your Senator to SUPPORT SB 537. first.last@senate.state.tx.us

Use of Adult Stem Cells in Hospitals
HB 2342 by Rep. Bill Zedler would allow a hospital to use adult stem cells in a procedure if a physician determines that the use of adult stem cells in the procedure is appropriate and the patient consents in writing to the use. Please ask the Calendars Committee to schedule HB 2342 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

“Gay” Adoption–PUBLIC HEARING in the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee at 2:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess on Monday, April 29 in E2.012 
HB 201 by Reps. Raphael Anchia | González, Mary | Gonzalez, Naomi would REMOVE the requirement for a mother and father to adopt a baby, making it legal for same-sex couples to adopt. Please ask these committee members to OPPOSE HB 201.
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

Taxpayer Funded Same-Sex Insurance Benefits
HB 1568 by Reps. Drew Springer | Jodie Laubenberg | Bonnen, Dennis | John Smithee | Linda Harper-Brown and Coauthors Reps. Bell | Bonnen, Greg | Capriglione | Creighton | Fallon | Frank | Hughes | King, Ken | Klick | Krause | Kuempel | Lavender | Leach | Miller, Rick | Perry | Phillips | Price | Raney | Sanford | Simmons | Stephenson | Stickland | Thompson, Ed | Toth | Turner, Scott | White | Zedler would discontinue funding from the Foundation School Program for a school district that offers insurance benefits to a same-sex partner of a district employee. Please ask the Calendar Committee members to schedule HB 1568 for a floor vote.

U.S. Constitutional Convention–PUBLIC HEARING in the Senate State Affairs Committee at 9:00 AM on Monday, April 29 in the Senate Chamber
SJR 53 by Senator Craig Estes would rescind every application made at any time by the Legislature of the State of Texas to the United States Congress to call a national convention, pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution, for proposing any amendment or amendments to that Constitution. Please ask members of the committee to SUPPORT SJR 53.
Chair: Sen. Robert Duncan
Vice Chair: Sen. Bob Deuell
Members: Sen. Rodney Ellis
Sen. Troy Fraser
Sen. Joan Huffman
Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr.
Sen. Robert Nichols
Sen. Leticia Van de Putte
Sen. Tommy Williams

RESCIND Call for a U.S. Constitutional Convention
HJR 101 by Rep. Gary Elkins would rescind the application of the 26th Texas Legislature made in the year 1899 to the United States Congress to call an unrestricted national convention, pursuant to Article V of the United States Constitution, for proposing undisclosed amendments to that Constitution. We must elect officials who will UPHOLD the U.S. Constitution, not try to rewrite it. Please ask members of the Calendars Committee to schedule HJR 101 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

Cellular Call Privacy
HB 1608 by Rep. Bryan Hughes, et al, would require a warrant to obtain location information from wireless communications devices with certain security exemptions. Please ask the Calendars Committee to schedule HB 1608 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

Ballot Harvesting
HB 148 by Rep. Cindy Burkett and coauthors Reps. Button | Miller, Rick | Riddle | Zedler passed the House on April 26 and now goes to the Senate. Please ask your Senator to SUPPORT HB 148. first.last@senate.state.tx.us

Gambling
HB 137 by Reps. Richard Raymond and Rick Miller would amend the Occupations Code to include the name and address of the owner of coin-operated machines and require the owner to file a report with the comptroller. It also amends the Penal Code to increase the penalty for gambling promotion from a Class A misdemeanor to a state jail felony. Please ask your Rep. to VOTE YES on HB 137 on the House floor on Wednesday, May 1.
first.last@house.state.tx.us

Renewable Energy Tax Abatements
HB 546 by Rep. Mark Strama would define a renewable energy company and allow a city to establish a renewable energy reinvestment zone after a public hearing. They must designate the reinvestment zone with specified boundaries by ordinance and establish guidelines and criteria governing tax abatements in the zone. The bill has been sent to the Local & Consent Calendar. Please ask the committee to NOT schedule HB 546 for a floor vote. The “green” agenda is TOO COSTLY to taxpayers in our energy rich state.
Chair: Rep. Senfronia Thompson
Vice Chair: Rep. Lyle Larson
Members: Rep. Charles “Doc” Anderson
Rep. Dwayne Bohac
Rep. Cindy Burkett
Rep. Travis Clardy
Rep. Nicole Collier
Rep. Marsha Farney
Rep. Larry Gonzales
Rep. Armando Martinez
Rep. Joe Moody
Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr.
Rep. Kenneth Sheets

CSCOPE–PUBLIC HEARING on Tuesday, April 30 at 2:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess in E2.036 in the House Public Education Committee. TEF is most fortunate to have MerryLynn Gerstenschlager share her vast experience to focus on education issues in Austin.
HB 760 by Reps. Steve Toth | Debbie Riddle | Dwayne Bohac | Linda Harper-Brown | Lois Kolkhorst and Coauthors Reps. Anderson | Ashby | Bell | Bonnen, Dennis | Bonnen, Greg | Burkett | Capriglione | Clardy | Creighton | Fallon | Fletcher | Frank | Huberty | Hughes | Isaac | King, Phil | Klick | Laubenberg | Leach | Lozano | Miller, Rick | Murphy | Otto | Paddie | Parker | Perry | Raney | Sanford | Simmons | Springer | Stephenson | Turner, Scott | White | Zedler would grant the State Board of Education oversight of regional education service center services and products concerning student curriculum. Please ask the committee members to SUPPORT HB 760.
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

Financial Transparency of Taxpayer-Funded Schools
HB 284 by primary author Rep. Bill Zedler would require a school district’s checkbook to be maintained online in a searchable portable document format and to be made available in such format to any interested person who requests the data under the state’s public information law. Please ask the Calendars Committee to schedule HB 284 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

FEDERAL Education Standards called ”Common Core”
HB 462 by Reps. Huberty, Creighton, Pitts, Harless and White would NOT allow Texas to adopt FEDERAL teacher appraisal criteria, curriculum standards or assessment instruments. Please ask the Calendars Committee to schedule HB 462 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

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah
HB 308 by primary author Rep. Dwayne Bohac, dubbed the “Merry Christmas” bill would allow school districts to recognize Christmas and Hanukkah celebrations. Please ask the Calendars Committee to schedule HB 308 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

Sex Education
HB 1057 by primary author Rep. Jeff Leach would NOT allow an entity or individual that performs abortions to provide human sexuality or family planning instruction in a public school. Please ask the Calendars Committee to schedule HB 1057 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

Gambling
HB 2197 by Rep. Raphael Anchia continues the Texas Lottery Commission. The House last week voted against it then “reconsidered” and passed it. It is now in the Senate. Please ask your Senator to OPPOSE HB 2197. first.last@senate.state.tx.us

Immigration–Thank you Houston Eagle Forum President Maria Espinoza for your diligence on a myriad of immigration bills.
HB 793 by primary author Rep. JM Lozano would prosecute persons for smuggling illegal aliens. Please ask the Calendars Committee to schedule HB 793 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

Illegal Alien Drivers Licenses
HB 3206 by Rep. Roberto Alonzo and coauthors Reps. Allen | Alvarado | Anchia | Burnam | Canales | Collier | Cortez | Davis, Yvonne | Deshotel | Dukes | Dutton | Eiland | Farias | Farrar | Giddings | González, Mary | Gonzalez, Naomi | Guerra | Guillen | Hernandez Luna | Herrero | Howard | Johnson | King, Tracy O. | Longoria | Lucio III | Márquez | Martinez, “Mando” | McClendon | Menéndez | Miles | Moody | Muñoz, Jr. | Naishtat | Nevárez | Oliveira | Perez | Phillips | Pickett | Raymond | Reynolds | Rodriguez, Eddie | Rodriguez, Justin | Rose | Strama | Thompson, Senfronia | Turner, Chris | Turner, Sylvester | Villarreal | Vo | Walle | Wu would undo the requirement for a birth certificate to obtain a drivers license. Follow the money: WHO is set to make millions by selling insurance to illegal aliens, regardless the fact that it undermines our immigration laws and national security. Will President Obama declare that this “drivers license” is sufficient to register to vote or to use as a voter ID? HB 3206 is in the House State Affairs Committee after a public hearing on April 17. Please ask the committee to NOT vote the bill out of its 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

Medicaid Expansion
HB 3791 by Reps. Zerwas | Sheffield, J. D. | Howard | Coleman would EXPAND Medicaid, which is already 20% of the Texas economy. It is fantasy for legislators to think they can create a “Texas solution” to bite the ObamaCare “apple” and remain FREE of socialized medicine’s economic destruction. From Comptroller Susan Combs: “Medicaid is an ‘entitlement program,’ in that neither the state nor the federal government can limit the number of persons who participate so long as they meet the eligibility requirements. The state’s Medicaid population is expected to grow substantially over the next decade, going from slightly more than 3.5 million in 2011 to more than 6.2 million by 2020, due in large part to federal health care reform legislation passed in March 2010.” HB 3791 has been reported out of the Appropriations Committee. Please ask your Representative to OPPOSE HB 3791. first.last@house.state.tx.us

Divorce Reform–PUBLIC HEARING in the Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee at 2:00 PM or upon final adjourn./recess on Monday, April 29 in E2.012 Thank you Lubbock Eagles Barbara & Tom Mandry for sharing your long experience trying to protect the covenant of marriage and to spare children from the heartache of divorce.
HB 2985 by Rep. Scott Sanford and Coauthor Rep. Ron Simmons would require a couple seeking divorce to attend a crisis marriage education course of at least 10 hours with the goal of the course being marriage restoration. Please ask committee members to SUPPORT HB 2985.
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

Punishment for Child Rapists
HB 1748 by Rep. Dan Branch | Herrero | Fletcher | Carter and coauthor Rep. White would increase the punishment for child rapists. Please ask the Calendars Committee to schedule HB 1748 for a floor vote. And for your Rep. to SUPPORT HB 1748. first.last@house.state.tx.us
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

DALLAS movie showing of Take Back Your Power: The “Smart” Meter Agenda Unveiled

Friday, May 3, 2013, 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Fellowship Bible Church Dallas
9330 North Central Expressway, Dallas, TX 75231
http://fellowshipdallas.org/contact/

This eye-opening documentary feature film investigates the “smart” meter program currently being implemented worldwide by most of the major utility companies. These devices are being installed often without the consent – and sometimes against the protests – of property owners. The film uncovers alarming issues about health, privacy, property rights, corporate fraud, and the unprecedented vulnerability of the “smart” grid. Hear from such experts as Bill Vander Zalm (former Premier of British Columbia, CA), Dr. David O. Carpenter (Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at University at Albany), B. Blake Levitt (an award-winning science journalist), and many others. You will gain a deeper understanding of the political and economic forces behind the “smart meter” agenda, as well as resources and proven solutions for how you can protect yourself, your family, your home, and your rights.

The 90-minute film will be followed by a panel discussion.
Admission is free but donations are requested to help cover the room rental and support the worldwide release of the film.

Hosted by:
Grassroots Texans Network
Park Cities/Preston Hollow Tea Party
Carrollton Tea Party
(For information, contact Beth Biesel at ncriver@me.com, 214.691.4180)

Eagle Forum, formed by our national leader Phyllis Schlafly, has been leading the pro-family movement with strength and decisiveness since 1972.

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