Texas Speaker Race Update: Liberty Institute Sends Legal Letter to House Members

Today, Liberty Institute delivered a letter to all the Texas State House of Representatives members and members-elect explaining their legal right to communicate with their constituents on the Speaker of the House race. On Monday, Rep. Hopson sent a letter telling House members they could be breaking the law and risking jail time if “influence[d]” by their constituents on who the next the Texas Speaker should be.

“We fought a lawsuit over this very issue and won,” said Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO of Liberty Institute. “Vague threats to try to intimidate Legislators and Texas citizens are baseless and won’t work.”

Liberty Institute’s letter states, “…the law is clear. Citizens, organizations, corporations, and legislators enjoy broad protection to discuss who shall be selected as Speaker. Any attempt to chill that constitutionally protected speech is illegal.”

2 Responses to Texas Speaker Race Update: Liberty Institute Sends Legal Letter to House Members

  1. David Preston says:

    It seems that Rep. Hopson is like so many other “lawmakers” and does not read or know the laws.

    Wouldn’t it be refreshing if these elected officials would read and try to understand the US Constitution and the laws of the state in which they are elected?

  2. […] taken nearly $30K from Straus, it would make it a bit hard for him to be objective.  And, since the Liberty Institute had to send a letter to rebut Hopson’s letter about ‘undue voter i…, it would be a travesty for him to chair the […]

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