The Response: Tens of Thousands turn out for day of Prayer, Fasting

August 8, 2011

This weekend, tens of thousands of people participated in the Response prayer event at Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. With millions Americans struggling with unemployment, broken families and just wondering how they will make ends meet each month, it is a vital time for our country to repent and call out to God – just as the thousands did in Houston on Saturday.

Leaders from different political ideologies and denominations attended the all-day prayer event, including Liberty Institute’s president Kelly Shackelford, who lead a prayer at the event.  While some have attacked the event and Gov. Perry for initiating the event, Kelly Shackelford stated that “Calling for prayer for our nation is one of our country’s most enduring traditions, starting with our Founders; and our country desperately needs God’s intervention.”

In a recent editorial, Kelly Shackelford expands further:

“The very Founders of our country who wrote the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, on the same day as the First Amendment was adopted, passed a resolution calling for Americans to pray and give thanks to God. Sound familiar? It is, in fact, the same call as Gov. Perry gave. The Founders had no problem encouraging Americans to pray and thank God. They believed in religious freedom and that calling for prayer allowed every American to exercise, or not, religious freedom as they wished.”

Read the full editorial in the Christian Post here.


Gov. Perry Signs Texas Budget: Liberty Institute Applauds Texas’ Fiscal Responsibility

July 26, 2011

Today, Gov. Rick Perry signed the 2012-2013 Texas budget in Amarillo, Texas. Texas legislators successfully balanced the budget without raising taxes or using the Rainy Day Fund.

Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO for Liberty Institute, attended the bill signing ceremony today and released the following statement:

“We are so thankful that Texas is not Washington, D.C., and Governor Perry and the Texas Legislature have shown the rest of the country how to pass a balanced budget without raising taxes. Fiscal responsibility protects families, brings greater prosperity, and protects our freedoms by not ballooning government. This is why so many people and businesses are moving to Texas.”


Update: “Anti-Groping” Bill added to the special session call.

June 20, 2011

Update: Governor Perry has added the “Anti-Groping” Bill to the special session call.

Tx House Member Makes Strong Request for Gov. Perry to Add “Anti-Groping”Bill to Special Session.

See the letter here by Rep. David Simpson, author of HB 41: TSABillRequest

Letter cites bipartisan support in the Texas House.  References comments Gov. Perry made in his recent book, Fed Up!


Texas Special Session Update: Day 2-More Bills Filed, Congressional Redistricting Added to “Call”

June 1, 2011

Gov. Perry has added Congressional redistricting to the list of items to get done during this first Special Session, as expected.  See the propsed Solomons-Seliger (Plan C125) map here.

Speaker Straus announced this morning that there will be no “floor action” this week on legislation but three House committees will meet to consider bills: Appropriations, Public Education, and Redistricting.  House will briefly be on the floor tomorrow and will then adjourn until Monday.

Lt. Gov. Dewhurst announced yesterday that the Senate is adjourned until tomorrow, and two Senate Committees will meet tomorrow-Finance and Education to take up various bills.

More bills have been filed in the House and Senate.


Texas Sonogram Bill Receives Final Passage, Headed to Gov. Perry’s Desk for Signature

May 5, 2011

Today, the Texas House voted to “concur” with the Senate to pass the sonogram Bill.  That is the final legislative step.  The sonogram bill now will be sent to Gov. Perry who has already said he will sign it into law.  Because the sonogram bill passed with over 2/3rds support in both chambers, the bill will become effective immediately when Gov. Perry signs it.

Great thanks go to Sen. Dan Patrick and Rep. Sid Miller for leading this vital effort.  Thanks also goes to Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, and Speaker Joe Straus for making this effort a top priority; and so many Senate and House members for their support of this legislation.

Thank you so much to all the Texans around the state that called their elected officials, sent them letters and emails, and personally visited with them at the Capitol or in their districts.  Thanks also to so many of people that we have had the pleasure of working with everyday at the Capitol here in Austin, on this issue.

More information about the sonogram bill (HB 15), can be found here.  http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=82R&Bill=HB15


National Day of Prayer Events

May 4, 2011

Tomorrow, May 5th,  is the National Day of Prayer.  Please consider joining Liberty Institute to pray for our nation and state at two events at the State Capitol put together by Austin National Day of Prayer (http://www.ndpaustin.org/index.html).

TEXAS STATE CAPITOL EVENT 

Thursday May 5, 11:30 to 1:00 p.m.
Early call to prayer ~ South Steps Capitol
11:30 a.m. Pastoral Praise & Prayer
Spanish and English speaking Pastors ~ Psalm 91

TEXAS CAPITOL CONCERT OF PRAISE 
Thursday May 5, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
South Steps of Capitol ~ Bring chairs and sit under trees
Praise Concert
Prayer Concert Praying Psalm 91 for 7 Centers of Power

Earlier this week, we were excited to attend the Texas State Prayer Breakfast.  The Governor spoke at the event, and The Word 98.5/98.3 was there to cover the event live.  On Fridays, you can hear me on The Word on The Ryan Rush Show discussing Liberty Institute’s continued fight to protect our faith, family, and freedoms.

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Breaking: Texas House Leaders Announce They Will Concur with Senate on Sonogram Bill!

May 4, 2011

Rep. Sid Miller, and other Pro-Life House members, announced this morning in a press conference that they would ask the  members of the House to concur with the Sonogram Bill passed in the Senate earlier this week.  Sen. Patrick, who carried the bill in the Senate, was also at the press conference to lend his support.  If the House concurs, the Sonogram Bill will then head to Governor Perry’s desk and become effective immediately! Governor Perry has already announced that he will sign the Sonogram Bill.

Full video of this morning’s press conference:

Some photos from this morning’s press conference:

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Texas Sonogram Bill Passes Senate on Final Vote (Third Reading)

May 3, 2011

Vote once again was 21-10.  If Texas House concurs with the Senate on this bill, it will be done and headed to Gov. Perry’s desk for his signature!


Voter I.D. Passes Texas House, 101-48

March 23, 2011

SB 14 has already passed the full Senate.  Could one of the first bills signed by Gov. Perry.


ACTION ALERT! House Sponsor, Rep. Jerry Madden, Expects Veto; Coalition Letter to Gov. Perry: Protect Children & Parents, VETO SB 1440

June 16, 2009

SB 1440, which is an unconstitutional attack on children and parental rights as a result of a drastic 4 page amendment on the last days of the session, has still not been acted on by Gov. Perry.  Children should not be torn from their homes and be traumatized because of an uncorroborated, anonymous tip.  Gov. Perry has just a few days left to sign or VETO SB 1440.  click here to read more about this issue details from previous posts. https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/2009/06/08/parental-rights-in-jeopardy-ask-gov-perry-to-veto-sb-1440/

We helped draft a legal analysis letter, joined by a broad coalition of national and Texas groups, and sent it to Gov. Perry, urging Gov. Perry to VETO SB 1440.  Click here for Letter to Gov. Perry SB1440 VETOrequest TheHonR Perry 06 15 09

Click here to see the long list of very diverse groups/entities/persons calling for a VETO of SB 1440(we keep updating it as it keeps growing!): VETO SB1440.  Call us at 512-478-2220 if you want to add your organization to the VETO SB 1440 list.

Cecilia Wood, Board Certified Family Law Attorney & Texas Family Foundation Member is on of the many attorneys supporting a VETO of SB 1440.

Also, in the letter is a statement from the House Sponsor of SB 1440, Rep. Jerry Madden (R-Plano) who now says he expects for Gov. Perry to VETO SB 1440 and that a mistake was made by accepting the amendment with the unconstitutonal language.  Please call Rep. Madden and thank him (512) 463-0544.

Please Call Gov. Perry TODAY and ask him to VETO SB 1440  (512)-463-2000.

Also, Call your State House Represenative and your State Senator and ask him/her to VETO SB 1440.

Click here to find your State House and Senate Member.  http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/

We respectfully request the VETO of SB 1440, as it:  

1. Circumvents Constitutional Protections in the Fifth Circuit’s Gates v. TDPRS decision.

2. Entices State Actors to Violate Clearly Established Law, Subjecting Them to Personal Liability.

3. Allows DFPS to Violate Parental Rights.

4. Removes the “Good Cause” Standard Currently in the Texas Family Code.

5. Authorizes Medical and Other Confidential Records to be Given to Untrained Investigators.

6. Contains Weakened Evidence Standards.

7. Grants Sweeping Powers to Investigators Without Notice or a Hearing.

8. Lacks Parental Protections for Execution of Orders.

9. Emergency/Imminent Danger Situations Are Not At Issue, Not Affected by Veto of SB 1440.

“Liberal” blogs such as the DailyKos.com and others are also supporting a VETO of SB 1440. http://www.star-telegram.com/state_news/story/1424581.html and http://gritsforbreakfast.blogspot.com/2009/06/conservative-veto-call-for-expanded-cps.html

Video from Press Conference on SB 1440


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