Choose Life License Plate Vote Expected Today!

May 2, 2011

HB 238/SB 257 which creates a specialty license plate with the message “Choose Life” and promotes alternatives to abortion, is on the House Calendar today for vote.  This bill has already passed the Senate.

Call your Texas House member today and ask him/her to vote “FOR” the Choose Life License Plate bill!  Click here to find your Representative: http://capwiz.com/libertyinstitute/dbq/officials/. You can also download our Texas Legislative Guide with all of Texas’ elected officials contact information at http://legislativeguide.libertyinstitute.org/.


Legislative Update Video: Important updates on SBOE, Pro-Life Legislation, and more

April 29, 2011

Liberty Institute’s weekly Legislative Update video, this week coming from the Old Supreme Court in the Texas Capitol.  Important updates on SB 1348 and our continued defense of the State Board of Education, the Sonogram and Choose Life License Plate Bills, and some of our important legal work.  Check back on the blog next week for continued updates on these important issues.


Weekly Legislative Update Video and Happy San Jacinto Day!

April 21, 2011

Happy San Jacinto Day from inside the Senate Chamber at the Texas Capitol.

We have great news this week on the pro-life front in the Texas legislature! It looks like the Choose Life License Plate bill is expected to come to a vote in the House very soon. The bill approves a specialty license plate with the “Choose Life” message, and profits from selling the plate would support abortion alternatives. The bill has already passed through the Senate, and could be on its way to Gov. Perry’s desk for his signature in the near future!

We testified in favor of another good bill recently. Rep. Dan Huberty filed HB 2923, which prevents the national takeover of Texas education by way of nationalized education standards. The bill was heard in the House State Sovereignty Committee chaired by Rep. Brandon Creighton. Shortly after the Texas State Board of Education approved social studies standards last year, Obama’s Education Secretary Arne Duncan condemned our elected Board’s fine work in a written statement. There is no way that Duncan read all the standards, and there is no way that we can have an open and transparent process in our state if we allow Washington, D.C., to take over our school curriculum. The national standards, as pushed by the Obama administration, effectively take away local and parental control over what kids learn and disregard what works best in each community. As we’ve seen time after time, education works best when teachers, parents, and students work together instead of allowing unelected bureaucrats to seize power in local communities.


Choose Life License Plate Passes Full Senate

March 15, 2011

SB 257 passes the full Texas Senate, 21-10.  We’ve been supporting this bill in the Senate and House.


House Committee Passes Choose Life License Plate

March 9, 2011

Vote was 6-3, on HB 238, by Rep. Larry Phillips.  The Senate Committee has already passed an identical bill, by Senator John Carona.  The Senate version is expected to be voted on by the full Senate next week.


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