Legislative Priority Report 4.9.2021
We are winning.
Last fall, when the Legislative Priorities Committee planned for the upcoming legislative session, we knew we had to do things differently. You know that expression that says when you do things the same way every time, you get the same results? Well, since our Republican legislature failed to pass our Legislative Priorities in past sessions, we knew we couldn’t use the same strategy as in the past.
So, Chairman West and the Legislative Priority Committee decided to take our case to you, the voters across the state, and inform you about the priorities and how to make your voices heard to your elected officials in Austin. We also knew we could not do it alone. We had to join with grassroots groups who have the influence and infrastructure to amplify our outreach.
So, I am pleased to tell you today that Constitutional Carry passed in the House, thanks to the tenacity of Rep. Schaefer and others. It’s now in the hands of the Senate.
Regarding Election Integrity, the committee substitute of HB 6 which fixes the concerns regarding the Secretary of State has passed out of the House Elections Committee and needs to go to the floor for a vote. Another great bill, 574, which deals with increasing penalties for elections violations, passed the House floor today and the Speaker needs to send it to the Senate.
We have our bills banning Gender Modification passed out of State Affairs in the Senate and Public Health in the House. A big thank you to Chair Stephanie Klick for hearing this bill Wednesday evening after Rep. Krause laid it out beautifully. Representatives Reggie Smith, Four Price, and Tom Oliverson did a spectacular job exposing the hideous practices performed on children. For example, removing the healthy breasts of young, confused girls, described by an obviously inexperienced pediatric endocrinologist from the Genecis Clinic at Children’s Hospital in Dallas. She attempted to minimize the effects of puberty-blockers, cross-sex hormones, and surgeries performed on children in order to approximate the appearance of the opposite sex. Even a Democrat representative on the committee seemed stunned at the procedures described.
We have Abolition of Abortion bills passed out of the House Public Health Committee that need to go to the floor for votes. In the Senate, we still have bills pending in Health and Human Services and State Affairs. We have several good Religious Liberty bills passed out of House and Senate Committees that need floor votes.
Monuments had a bill passed out of a House committee and needs a floor vote, and we have three more bills scheduled for hearings Monday in Culture, Recreation, and Tourism. In the Senate, two bills still need hearings in Natural Resources and Economic Development.
Banning Tax-Payer Funded Lobbying, SB 10 in the Senate, got a favorable floor vote, while in the House, Rep. Middleton’s bill needs a vote out of State Affairs. This priority really needs to move. School Choice bills have not had hearings yet.
So, bottom line is we have made tremendous progress. However, we have to be aware of the landmines remaining. If you read through the above analysis, there is a glaring pattern on many of our priority bills. You will see that we have bills voted out of committees in one chamber but stalled in the other. This can be a way to stop progress on our bills and for one side to blame the other for failure.
We must continue the pressure on our elected officials to keep the bills moving! For example, we must now tell the Lt. Governor and the Senate that they must vote on Constitutional Carry. We are hearing rumblings that the Senate side does not want to pass this priority.
The left is making all kinds of noise on our bills to protect children from physical bodily harm from shady “gender” doctors and misrepresenting these bills and trying to sway Speaker Phelan, so we have to contact his office and urge him to save Texas kids from profit-hungry corporations and individuals.
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1. We need you to keep calling and emailing. More information on how to contact your representatives can be found on our website. Please ask them to pass our priorities.
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We are winning now, but things can turn quickly with none of our priorities getting passed. This cannot occur. If it does, then Texas will not have a Republican majority in Austin. The Democrats will clearly be in charge, and our Republican legislature will have allowed it to happen.
In the next few weeks, we will see who scores the final points to win the game.
For God and Texas,
SREC, SD 12
Chair, SREC Legislative Priorities Committee
Legislative Priorities Report March 12, 2021
Your State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) members have been blanketing the state, speaking at meetings, clubs, rallies, and, truthfully, to anyone who is willing to learn how to urge our legislators to pass our Legislative Priority bills.
There are a couple of common themes we are hearing: anger that our elected officials have allowed our county and state to get in the position we are in now, and the desire to do something.
People sense things are deeply wrong, and see the events that are occurring with frightening speed to threaten our lives, liberty, and pursuit of happiness. There is a sense of urgency.
We are encouraging people in House and Senate districts across the state to communicate with their elected officials, and you are doing so in large numbers!
We must see that same urgency in our State legislature. We implore our elected officials to look beyond "politics as usual" and see the precarious position we are currently in. The Biden administration is bearing down on us and is determined to change life as we know it. Republican voters demand a response to stand up against progressive socialist policies.
Today is the last day that bills can be filed. We are very pleased that we have some very good bills filed for most of our Legislative Priorities. We have 39 bills that meet our priority language, and these bills are getting assigned to committees. It is important to remember that while there may be many other good bills filed, the Legislative Priority Committee only supports bills that meet the eight priorities as voted on by our state convention delegates.
Bill filing is only the beginning. Most bills never get a committee hearing, much less a vote on the floor, and that is generally a good thing. We always want less government, not more.
However, the Legislative Priority bills are critical, beginning with Election Integrity. If we do not have fair elections, then we can do nothing else to guard against the progressive socialist left. There have been some good bills filed that address our elections, and these must move through the Election Integrity Committee chaired by Rep. Briscoe Cain.
We also have great Constitutional Carry bills, several bills banning Child Gender Modification, banning Abortion, and Rep. Mayes Middleton has filed an excellent bill Banning Tax-Payer Funded Lobbying.
We really appreciate some courageous Representatives that have stepped up to co-author these bills. For example, HB 574 would make it a state felony if any Texas election law is violated. This bill was filed by Rep. Greg Bonnen, and has been co-authored by Reps. Ashby, Phil King, Paul, Staton, Tinderholdt, and Ellzey.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned HB 3, a bill that was supposed to address our Chairman’s Priority, which is Executive Overreach. It wound up being a very poor bill that did nothing to ensure that the Texas Constitution is followed during a disaster and actually expanded the Governor’s authority. In essence, codifying his actions of this past year.
Due to the outcry of Republican voters, that bill was replaced with a substitute bill that set up a Pandemic Disaster Legislative Oversight Committee. This substitute bill is really no better than the first. We already have a committee — the Legislature -- that is supposed to make laws, not the Governor or a committee.
HB 3 was heard in committee yesterday, and Chairman West submitted testimony opposing it on behalf of the Republican Party of Texas. Many grassroots activists and concerned citizens testified against the bill, and it was left pending in committee.
We are thankful that, at this point, the will of the people was heard, and it was not voted out of committee. Thank you to all who wrote emails and made phone calls. It does make a difference!
So what can you do now?
It is time to ramp up our calls and emails, with a focus on the House and Senate Committee members where our bills have been filed. The next step in the process is for our bills to get hearings. So, when you call or email, contact the committee chairs and ask for our bills to get scheduled for a hearing.
We now have bills in the Elections Committee, State Affairs, Public Health, Public Education, Homeland Security and Public Safety, Criminal Jurisprudence, and Culture, Recreation and Tourism. In the Senate, we have bills in the State Affairs Committee.
You can find the contact information for the committee chairs here.
As an additional resource, we've posted the approved bills thus far. You can see them here.
We must continue to channel our anger and frustration into action. We are beginning to see some results of our concerted efforts in the number of bills filed that meet our priorities. Our grassroots groups are working together, and our Republican clubs and organizations are organizing email and phone campaigns. You are doing well. Let’s keep it up!
For God and Texas,
SREC, SD 12
Chair, SREC Legislative Priorities Committee