Legislative Update: February 20, 2015

Legislative Update: February 20, 2015
It has been a very busy week in Austin. Committees have started to meet, and legislators are working hard to ensure we have a productive session. Here are some highlights from the last few days:Wise County DayThis week I had the privilege to introduce a resolution recognizing February 17 as Wise County Day at the Capitol. It was great to see so many folks from home in Austin. We had a very productive time working on issues important to District 61. I always enjoy seeing friends from the district. If you are ever in town please know the door is always open to constituents.

The Wise County delegation at the Capitol

State of the State Address


Governor Abbott recognizes Richard Overton for his service

Governor Abbott gave his State of the State address on Tuesday. He laid out an ambitious agenda and declared five emergency items for the Legislature to consider. Governor Abbott’s emergency priorities include more funding for pre-K programs, border security, ethics reform, transportation and higher education research funding. By declaring these emergency items, the House and Senate can take up these five issues faster than is normally allowed.

One of my favorite moments from the speech is when Governor Abbott recognized Richard Overton. At 108 years old, Mr. Overton is the oldest living World War II veteran in the United States.

Watch Governor Abbott’s speech here

Texas leads the fight against President Obama’s executive amnesty


Governor Abbott, Senator Cruz, Lt. Governor Patrick and Attorney General Paxton discuss the state’s victory this week

I was proud this week to see Texas win a huge victory for the rule of law in America over President Obama’s executive amnesty order. Governor Abbott began this law suit as one of his last acts as attorney general. General Paxton has taken the baton and continues this fight.

Read more about the case here

Committee Hearing on Article V

One of the central duties of my role as Chairman of the Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility is to explore ways how Texas can push back against an ever-growing and runaway federal government. Recently, there has been a growing movement across the country regarding the use of Article V of the U.S. Constitution as a tool for the states to use as a check against Congress. I am excited that next Thursday, February 26, experts from across the country will be in Austin to testify at our first committee hearing which will be dedicated to learning more about Article V. Among the experts will be former Senator Tom Coburn (OK) & Mike Farris with the Convention of States Project, Roman Buhler of the Madison Coalition and Nick Dranias who is with Compact for America.

You can watch the committee hearing online here. The hearing is scheduled to start at 10:30 or upon final adjournment from the House floor. Most likely, the hearing will start right around 11:30am. We will send you an update next week as the hearing approaches.

If you would like to learn more about Article V click here

It is an honor to serve you in Austin. If I can ever be of assistance please don’t hesitate to call my office at (512) 463-0738 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting (512) 463-0738 FREE  end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

God Bless,

Phil King


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One response

  1. Senator_Blutarsky | Reply

    No surprise here…………King, as usual, is on the wrong side. Certainly on the Article V issue

    Its what ALEC told him to do.

    King and GEORGE SOROS both want Article V.

    That’s right. George Soros — the financier of global fascism — is pumping millions of dollars into the same Article V campaign that is being promoted by Mark Levin, Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity, Glenn Beck, and other popular “conservative” spokesmen.

    Oh, and the ridiculously misguided David Barton……sad.

    What will those in Wolf-Pac do if they are able to get “their amendment” proposed and accepted by an Article V convention?

    “Celebrate the fact that we had the courage and persistance [sic] to accomplish something truly amazing and historic together.”

    Anything a group with this anti-constitutional agenda would do to our Constitution would certainly be historic — in the worst way.

    This should be enough to convince all true conservatives, constitutionalists, and friends of liberty to run headlong away from the ranks of the Article V con-con army, regardless of how popular and persuasive their generals may be.

    It will likely surprise these devoted, but deluded, Article V advocates that Wolf-Pac is just the tip of the iceberg. These good people would be wise to take a look at this heavily abbreviated roster of their radical fellow travelers in the con-con movement, each of which is a registered “founding member” of the “Move to Amend” coalition.

    Alliance for Democracy

    Center for Media and Democracy

    Code Pink

    Independent Progressive Politics Network

    Progressive Democrats of America

    Sierra Club

    Vermont for Single Payer

    Here is the full list of the sordid cast of leftists wanting an Article V ( you King as a leftist, fit right in )

    https://movetoamend.org/organizations

    For the correct perspective I offer this-

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