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.
June 2, 2011
The Texas House and Senate are holding hearings today on budget, education, and healthcare issues, and congressional redistricting.
SB 7 gives us another opportunity to finish the job of defunding Planned Parenthood from use of taxpayer dollars. Call your Texas State Senator and ask he/she to support SB 7 . Click here for your Senator’s contact information: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/.
You can also download our Texas Legislative Guide with all of Texas’ elected officials contact information at http://legislativeguide.libertyinstitute.org/.
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.
May 9, 2011
SB 723, by Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) ensures that Texas law is consistent with court precedent in our state and our state constitution, that gender for marriage purposes is determined by the gender on a person’s birth certificate, assigned at birth and that marriage is between one man and one woman. Last session an amendment to a bill passed that opened the door to inconsistency in our state policy.
Some Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender advocates, want to thwart a Texas appeals court decision and force the state to recognize their gender (for marriage purposes) as something other than what was assigned at birth, to change their gender later on in life and force county clerks to recognize the changed gender. Such an outcome will create confusion for county clerks, for the courts and no doubt will be used by the GLBT community to undermine our marriage laws, which affirm traditional marriage, between one man and one woman.
Protect traditional marriage, support SB 723.
This bill could be voted on TODAY by the Texas Senate. Make your call today to your Texas Senator!! Tell them to vote FOR SB 723.
Help us protect traditional marriage by calling your State Senator and asking him or her to support SB 723. You can also download our Texas Legislative Guide with all of Texas’ elected officials contact information at http://legislativeguide.libertyinstitute.org/.
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.
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!
May 2, 2011
2:30 p.m. Texas Senate Passes Sonogram Bill, 21-10! Choose Life Bill not up yet in House Chamber. Please check back soon.
1:27 p.m. Amendment by Van de Putte. Amendment was tabled.
1:25 p.m, Vote: 21-10 to suspend rules to take up Sonogram bill.
12:34 p.m. Sen. Patrick announces Sonogram bill, discussing details of bill, opens issue up for debate and vote.
12:20 p.m. Texas Senate still going through memorial resolutions.
Texas Senate expected to vote on Sonogram bill. Senate currently working.
Texas House expected to vote on Choose Life license plate bill today. House has recessed until 1:00 p.m.