The Legislature is in full swing, and there are multiple action items in this email. So please read it in its entirety!
The Legislative Priorities Committee has approved 28 additional bills since our last update, bringing our total to 148. This is more than double the number of bills our committee approved last session, which is very encouraging. And we still have more to review! The updated LP bill list is here.
This week is a busy week at the Capitol, and we need your help. Please share the following information with other Republicans:
The Republican Party of Texas strongly supports HB 900, which prohibits sexually explicit books in public schools. This bill is a top priority of the Legislative Priorities Committee.
Please go to the following link to register your written testimony and SUPPORT for HB 900, which will become part of the public record. The sooner you do so, the better, as it is time sensitive. A link for public comment is here: https://comments.house.texas.gov/home
All that is needed is a simple comment of support, like “I strongly support HB 900 because it prohibits harmful, sexually explicit materials in public schools.”
We are also asking that parents and grandparents from across Texas to come to the Capitol on Tuesday to testify in favor of HB900 at the meeting of the Public Education Committee, which begins hearing bills at 8:00 AM, Tuesday March 21, 2023 in room E2.036.
If you can’t make it, please call the members of the Public Ed Committee and ask them to pass out HB 900:
Chair: Brad Buckley 512-463-0684
Alma Allen 512-463-0744
Steve Allison 512-463-0686
Charles Cunningham 512-463-0520
Harold V. Dutton, Jr. 512-463-0510
Cody Harris 512-463-0730
Brian Harrison 512-463-0516
Cole Hefner 512-463-0271
Gina Hinojosa 512-463-0668
Ken King 512-463-0736
Oscar Longoria 512-463-0645
Matt Schaefer 512-463-0528
James Talarico 512-463-0821
Two more Legislative Priority bills, to Defend Our Gun Rights are being heard on Tuesday, March 21 in the House Committee on Public Safety at 2:00pm in room E2.012:
HB 175 Shaefer – allows for those who receive deferred adjudication community supervision for unlawful carrying a handgun to have their records expunged.
HB 636 Patterson – allows a licensed election judges to carry a handgun in a polling place
There is also a concerning bill being heard in this committee that infringes on gun rights. It’s HB 2780 and would prohibit an individual from owning a firearm if they received a mental health diagnosis in a treatment center as a child. This is a very slippery slope and we do not support this bill.
Please call members of House Community Safety and urge them to:
Vote YES on
Vote NO on:
House Committee on Community Safety:
Chair: Ryan Guillen 512-463-0416
Vice Chair: Jarvis Johnson (512) 463-0554
Rhetta Bowers 512-463-0464
Dustin Burrows 512-463-0542
Terry Canales 512-463-0426
Mark Dorazio 512-463-0646
Vikki Goodwin 512-463-0652
Sam Harless 512-463-0496
Justin Holland 512-463-0484
Tracy O. King 512-463-0194
Brooks Landgraf 512-463-0546
Joe Moody 512-463-0728
Ellen Troxclair 512-463-0490
On Wednesday in the Senate, our LP approved bill for School Choice, SB 176 (committee substitute) by Sen. Middleton, will be heard in Senate Education at 9:00am in E1.028.
Please call these committee members and urge them to vote this bill out of committee:
Chair: Brandon Creighton 512-463-0104
Vice Chair: Donna Campbell 512-463-0125
Paul Bettencourt 512-463-0107
Brian Birdwell 512-463-0122
Pete Flores 512-463-0124
Phill King 512-463-0110
Morgan LaMantia 512-463-0127
Jose Menendez 512-463-0126
Mayes Middleton 512-463-0111
Tan Parker 512-463-0112
Angela Paxton 512-463-0108
Drew Springer 512-463-0130
Royce West 512-463-0123
Please pass this information along to other Republican voters. Thank you for helping us support great legislation in our great state of Texas!
For God and Texas,
SREC, SD 12
Chair, SREC Legislative Priorities Committee
To receive future SREC Legislative Priority Updates directly in your mailbox each week, sign up here.