Rep. Charlie Howard interview on Gambling

August 16, 2011

As part of our continued coverage of the recently completed legislative session, we will be releasing a series of sit down interviews with key conservative legislators that had an impact on important issues during the session. Our 4th interview is with Rep. Charlie Howard.  We talked with Rep. Howard about the important battle to defeat the expansion of gambling in the state of Texas.


Rep. Bryan Hughes Interview on Pro-Life Victories, Defunding of Planned Parenthood

August 3, 2011

As part of our continued coverage of the recently completed legislative session, we will be releasing a series of sit down interviews we did with key conservative legislators that had an impact on important issues during the session. Our 2nd interview is with Rep. Bryan Hughes.  We talked with Rep. Hughes about the important pro-life victories from the session, including his leadership in efforts to defund abortion providers of tax dollars.


Rep. Wayne Christian Interview on SBOE, Abortion Funding

July 25, 2011

As part of our continued coverage of the recently completed legislative session, we will be releasing a series of sit down interviews we did with key conservative legislators that had an impact on important issues during the session. Our first interview is with Rep. Wayne Christian who is one of the leading conservative voices in the Texas House.  We talked with Rep. Christian about the State Board of Education and the successful efforts to protect the SBOE during the legislative session.  We also talked about the important battle to end taxpayer funding of abortion at some hospital districts in the state.

 


Call Now, Vote Is Today to Defund Planned Parenthood! Live Blogging

June 27, 2011

 

Statement on passage of SB 7 and other efforts to cut funding to Planned Parenthood. LibertyInstituteStatmentSB7

Update:  SB 7 passes Texas House 96-48.  Now Senate needs to adopt the bill.  Now Tx Senate has to vote on this today.  Vote coming any minute.  Follow quick updates at our FB page.  http://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/pages/Liberty-Institute-Texas/188607107843102

Update: 11:15 a.m.  SB 7 is being discussed/debated on House Floor, expected that votes are there for SB 7 to pass.

SB 7 contains pro-life provisions under which Planned Parenthood stands to lose at least $17 million per year in taxpayer funds and SB 7 prevents use of county taxpayer funds for abortions.  SB 7 contains improved pro-life language that is agreed to by SB 7 authors  — Rep. Zerwas and Sen. Nelson – and Rep. Bryan Hughes, Rep. Sid Miller and other pro-life members of the Texas House and Senate. SB 7 is expected to come to a vote TODAY in the House and Senate!  The Texas House starts working at 10 a.m. today.

The day to defund Planned Parenthood in Texas is TODAY. Please call your House member and Senator NOW to ask them to support SB 7!

Check back on the blog later today for updates.


Special Session Video Update

June 24, 2011

Video update from inside the Texas House Chamber on the final days of the Special Session.  Important updates on SB 7 and the efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

The vote on SB 7 to defund Planned Parenthood is now expected for Monday of next week.  Please ask your  Texas House and Senate member to Support SB 7!  Make your call now! http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/


SB 7, With Pro-Life Provisions, Could Get House Vote Today

June 21, 2011

There is some background discussion that SB 7 will come up for a vote in the Texas House, today.  Rep. Zerwas is the House author and there has a been an effort by numerous pro-life House members to have the final version of SB 7 be more inclusive of the pro-life language included in the House version of SB 7.  We’ll post updates as they come.


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 House Votes on Major Fiscal Bills

June 10, 2011

SB 1 and SB 2 to recieve full House vote today, before going to conference committee.


Chance to Defund Planned Parenthood Tomorrow

June 7, 2011

The Texas special session continues.  Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) contains pro-life provisions under which Planned Parenthood stands to lose at least $17 million per year in taxpayer funds if supported by Texas Legislature.

SB 7 has already passed the Senate (with pro-life provisions) and is now up for a vote by the full House this Wednesday, June 8! The House is scheduled to go on the floor at 1 p.m. Please immediately urge your state representative to support the pro-life provisions in SB 7!

These provisions shift the taxpayer funds to health care providers who offer better services to low-income women and their families but do not provide abortions or are not affiliates of abortion providers.  This work was almost completed during the regular session, but delays on other issues prevented this bill from receiving a final vote.  The special session that is now under way gives Texans one last chance in 2011 to finish our goal of defunding Planned Parenthood.

Call your Texas House member today to support pro-life provisions of SB 7! 


Texas Senate & House Have Saturday Session: We’re Here As Well

May 21, 2011

The Texas Senate & House are here at the Texas Capitol working and so are we.  The question is if and when SB 1581, the fiscal matters bill will come up in the Texas House.  It has numerous amendments on it.  Some we like, some we don’t like.

HB 1201, repealing the authority to create the Trans-Texas Corridor, has passed the Senate.

Texas Senate passed House redistricting map, Texas House passed Senate redistricting map simultaneously.


Texas Senate Redistricting Map & Budget Issues Take Center Stage in Texas House Today

May 20, 2011

Follow along here as the Texas House takes up SB 1811, SB 1581, and SB 31 (Senate Redistricting Map).

Picture of 700+ pages of SB 1811 amendments.


Religious Freedom Vote Results From Texas House

May 16, 2011

Last Friday, the Texas House of Representatives voted 82-32 on the religious freedom protection constitutional amendment, coming up short of receiving the 100 votes of the 150 House members (2/3rds) necessary  to pass a constitutional amendment. While this is a disappointing outcome as it brings this effort to a halt for this session, we are thankful for your calls and emails to your House members. We’ll continue to work to protect religious freedom across the state and nationwide.

A state religious freedom constitutional amendment would have provided the best guarantee of lasting protection for citizens’ religious liberties in Texas from an overreaching legislature, government bureaucracy, or court. 

 It is interesting to note that seven Republicans voted against HJR 135 and three Democrats voted for HJR 135, on the final vote.  The ACLU also opposed HJR 135.

Since the vote last week on HJR 135, many of you have asked for the results of the vote.  Click here to see how each member of the Texas House, including yours, voted on the religious freedom constitutional amendment, HJR 135.

View the Texas Legislature’s link to the official vote.


Religious Liberty Constitutional Amendment, HJR 135, scheduled for vote today

May 11, 2011

HJR 135 is scheduled for a vote by the full Texas House today.  HJR 135 provides specific protection for religious freedom in the Texas Constitution.  A state religious freedom constitutional amendment provides the best guarantee of lasting protection for citizens’ religious liberties in Texas from an overreaching legislature, government bureaucracy, or court. HJR 135 must pass by a 2/3rds majority because it is a constitutional amendment. This amendment would enshrine in our state constitution strong religious freedom protection for many years to come!

Please Call your Texas House member today and ask him or her to vote for HJR 135! 

Check back on the blog today for updates.


Governor Perry issues statement on Sonogram Bill

May 3, 2011

Governor Perry issued a statement today on the Senate’s passage of Sonogram Legislation:

“The Texas Senate has taken admirable action today by passing this significant sonogram legislation, and I want to thank Rep. Sid Miller and Sen. Dan Patrick for their work on this issue. Ensuring Texans have access to all the information when making such an important decision is a critical step in our efforts to protect life, and I look forward to this legislation reaching my desk very soon.”

Link to statement.


Choose Life bill Up For Debate and Vote

May 3, 2011

Update: Passed, 94-29. Great Job Rep. Larry Phillips!   And Senator John Carona.

HB 238, SB 257, Choose Life license plate bill up for vote and debate in Texas House.

Numerous amendments being attempted by Democrats. They are being voted down.


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