Update: Protect The SBOE Calls Needed Today! Oppose SB 1348!

April 26, 2011

Update: Senate is now set to vote on a bill, SB 1348 that undermines authority of the SBOE.  Click here for more information on defeating SB 1348.  https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/

2:00 p.m. Update:  We are now being told that this bill will not come up for a vote.  Thanks for stepping up!

“Protect the SBOE” Calls Needed Today!

Please call the members of the House Public Education Committee and ask them to oppose HB 3257, by Democrat State Representative, Mark Strama (D-Austin).  There is pressure to pass this bill out of committee as all other bills that strip away power and authority from the State Board of Education have not moved forward.  HB 3257 puts the Texas Legislature in the position of telling the elected SBOE members when and how the SBOE is allowed to make changes and corrections to the curriculum standards, such as Social Studies, after unelected review teams make their changes to the curriculum.

You’ll recall that the elected SBOE saved from elimination the following: Christmas, the Liberty Bell, Neil Armstrong, Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk and used their current operating procedures to ensure accurate teaching about religious freedom language in the First Amendment of the Constitution.  The elected SBOE has their own operating rules and their ability to decide the content of such operating rules should not be stripped by the Texas Legislature, in regards to amendments to curriculum standards or any other matter within their rules.

Chair: Rep. Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands) 512-463-0797
Vice Chair: Rep. Scott Hochberg (D-Houston) 512-463-0492
Members: Rep. Alma Allen (D-Houston) 512-463-0744
  Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen) 512-463-0684
  Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. (D-Houston) 512-463-0510
  Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Ri0 Grande City) 512-463-0416
  Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Kingwood) 512-463-0520
  Rep. Mark Shelton(R-Fort Worth)512-463-0608
  Rep. Todd Smith (R-Bedford) 512-463-0522
  Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin-Bill Author) 512-463-0821
  Rep. Randy Weber (R-Pearland) 512-463-0707

Live Blogging: Bullying, Choose Life Plate & Voter I.D. Hearings Today

March 1, 2011

We intend to tesitfy against HB 224, an anti-bullying bill, that has been used in the past to advance the agenda of the homosexual and transgender community by creating special categories for these individuals.

Click below to see the Dallas Morning News article that supports our point that the bill is all about special rights for the transgender and homosexual community. Rep. Strama seemed very unhappy that I was talking about this issue. One after one, homosexual support groups came up to testify in favor of the bill or others persons brought up the homosexual issue as a reason to pass the bill.  This all just helped support my point.

Correction to this article above, I made the point that in the past, Rep. Strama has tried to add a special class of behaviors by people to our law, those classified as being bullied for “gender identity and expression”.  This is the category that transgender and bisexual persons have created for themselves.  This category does not currently exist anywhere in our state statutes.  Rep. Mark Strama did not include the “gender identity and expression” category in his most current version of the bill, but when asked if he intended to put that language in later, he said he would not be doing that “right now.”  Rep. Mark Strama’s response just further validates our response and concern.

Texas Freedom Network testified in favor of HB 224.  I’m confused, I thought they were a “watchdog” group with the goal of “countering the religious right.”  What “watchdog” work were they doing by testifying in favor of a bill and how does supporting a bullying bill “counter the religious right”?  Are they sending the message that the religious right is the one bullying students in public school?  How amusing. 

I predict HB 224 will not pass and it will be another of loss to add to the pile of losses already on the side of Texas Freedom Network and other Austin liberals.  But no, really they still want to convince you that they are “mainstream.”

We’ll be testifying in favor of SB 257, the Choose Life License plate bill.  We also intend to make it over to the hearing on Voter I.D., regarding SB 14.

1:15 p.m.  Choose Life License Plate bill, SB 257, passes the Senate Health & Human Services Committee, 5-1.

1:10 p.m.  Just testified in favor of SB 257, Choose Life License Plate bill, rgiht after the ACLU, who opposed the bill.  The ACLU, once again, relied on failed legal arguments that federal courts have already rejected.  In fact, it was an ACLU case that lost on this issue.  We made sure the committee knew that the State of Texas has a constitutional bill on this issue.

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