Category Archives: Texas Issues

Problems With Senate Bill 11

Texas Eagle Forum, Trayce Bradford, April 21, 2019

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 Senate Bill 11, which mixes needed school safety provisions with non-physician mental health professionals and intrusive Threat Assessment Teams that ask highly personal and incriminating questions, is headed for the Senate floor, likely this week. Although the bill isn’t currently on the Intent Calendar we see on the internet, the bill could hit the floor as early as tomorrow.

SB11, as you remember, came out of the blue, was filed one day, and then the very next day it was heard in committee. This meant that hardly anybody had time to study the bill.

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Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act, Student Loan Repayment Assistance for Peace Officers and Targeted Property Tax Relief

HB 16 – Texas Born-Alive Infant Protection Act
This week the Texas House passed an important bill that protects infants who survive abortion procedures, ensuring they receive the same care given to any other child born in a hospital. HB 16 creates causes of action for the surviving child or their parent / legal guardian to pursue against a physician who fails to provide appropriate medical treatment to the child. It creates a similar cause of action for the Texas Attorney General to pursue against the physician on behalf of the state. Along with outlining strong protections to ensure the women who seek the abortion are shielded from liability in accordance with state law, it establishes a reporting mechanism so a person who has knowledge of a physician’s failure to provide appropriate medical care can be reported to the Office of the Attorney General. HB 16 is a strong stance to defend life in Texas.

HB 1313 – Targeted Property Tax Relief

This week I laid out HB 1313 in the House Committee on Ways & Means. HB 1313 is one of several bills I have filed that would provide targeted tax relief for Texans and is a priority issue for me.

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Texas House to Ratify Robin Hood

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The Texas House is preparing to vote on legislation on Wednesday that will increase your property taxes.Yes, you read that correctly— increase your property taxes.

Despite making grandiose promises to provide real tax relief and meaningful reform, lawmakers plan to vote on a proposal Wednesday that will permit property tax burdens to continue swelling after a momentary two-year reprieve.

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Session is Half-Over and Still No Property Tax Relief…Yet

By Vance Ginn, Ph.D.|March 14, 2019
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Monday, March 18 marks the halfway point of the 86th Texas Legislature—a session that began with unprecedented accord among leadership and high hopes for some relief from the skyrocketing property tax burden that drives too many Texans from their homes and businesses each year.

But midway through, there’s little sign of assured tax reform, and none at all of permanent tax relief.

The Legislature still has time to achieve both of these goals—if it will stand up to the lobbyists of the local governments (paid for with taxpayer funds) who want to preserve their ability to raise their revenues with little accountability.

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Gun Grabbers Admit Feds Can’t Enforce Laws Without State and Local Support

Tenth Amendment Center, Mike Maharrey, 02/22/19

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The federal government needs state and local support to enforce gun laws and the anti-gun lobby knows it.

On February 12, around 450 supporters of the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America descended on the state capitol to lobby for passage of a state bill that would bar anybody convicted of domestic violence from owning or possessing a firearm.

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Tennessee Bills Would Require Courts to Fully Inform Juries

The Tenth Amendment Center, By: Published on: Feb 5, 2019

Tennessee Bills Would Require Courts to Fully Inform JuriesNASHVILLE, Tenn. (Feb. 5, 2019) – Bills filed in the Tennessee legislature would require state courts to fully inform jurors of their right to use discretion in rendering verdicts.

Sen. Frank Nicely (R-Strawberry Plains) filed Senate Bill (SB369) on Jan. 30. Rep. Martin Daniel (R-Knoxville) filed a companion bill (HB368) the following day. Under the proposed law, courts would be required to fully inform jurors of their rights at the request of a defendant’s attorney using the following language.

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Bad Numbers

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What to know: Misleading statistics continue to dominate the school finance debate. They’re wrong, and they’re not helping move Texas forward, as just the latest example shows.

“According to the state’s recent budget projections, public schools are expected to see $55.4 billion in funding for the 2019 fiscal year, up from $44 billion in 2010. However, Texas is spending less per student by about 6.3 percent,” the Denton Record-Chronicle reports.

“Property owners will also end up shelling out more for schools. The local share of school revenue — the part funded by property taxes — will go up to 55.5 percent, while the state’s share will drop to 35 percent. Federal money fills in the gaps.”

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A $4 BILLION Dollar Electricity Tax May be Coming to You on December 7

The Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) is holding an open meeting on Friday, December 7 at which the commissioners might make changes to a pricing rule that would impose an electricity “tax” on Texas consumers as high as $4 billion a year.

Electricity generators and wind industry representatives asked the PUC in October to adopt the electricity tax because they claim aren’t making enough money.

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The Return of the $4 Billion Electricity Tax

TPPF, By Bill Peacock|November 16, 2018
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Most people don’t like to compete.

Athletes sometimes doctor their equipment to gain an edge in winning their games. Politicians gerrymander their districts rather than compete with their opponents for votes.

In the case of businesses, many of them go to the government get more profits from taxpayers than they could by competing for consumers. This is happening in the Texas electricity market today.

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ABOLISHING the “Robin Hood” School Property Tax

TPPF, Updated August 2018 by Kara Belew Emily Sass Vance Ginn, Ph.D. Bill Peacock
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