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.!/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.

Texas Special Session: Day 3 – Hearings Have Begun, Planned Parenthood on the Ropes

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:

You can also download our Texas Legislative Guide with all of Texas’ elected officials contact information at

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.

Support SB 723, Support Traditional Marriage: Make Your Call Today!

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

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.

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!

Sonogram Bill Passes Senate, 21-10; Choose Life Votes Expected Today! Live Blogging Here

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.

Protect the Texas State Board of Education From ACLU and Texas Freedom Network, Oppose SB 1348 on Senate Floor Today: Call Your Senator Now!

April 28, 2011

Texas State Board of Education in jeopardy. SB 1348, by Democrat Senator Leticia Van De Putte, is on the Senate Floor Calendar today and could be up for a vote. SB 1348 requires you to be a university faculty member and have a Ph.D. in education or a “terminal degree” to be on an expert review team regarding K-12 curriculum changes by the TX SBOE, like the History/Social Studies standards.

Who supports this bill – both the ACLU and the Texas Freedom Network.

The Texas Freedom Network wants to abolish the Texas SBOE and transfer its responsibilities to the unelected TEA, nullify the social studies standards passed in 2010, and is working against the conformation of Gail Lowe for Chair of the SBOE.

Please call your Texas Senator and ask them to oppose SB 1348. Click here to find your State Senator: You can download our Texas Legislative Guide with all of Texas’ elected officials contact information at All Senators can be reached through the Capitol Switchboard at 512.463.4630

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 in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The elected SBOE also ensured that public school students would learn about the U.S. Constitution, our Founding Fathers, and the key concept of American Exceptionalism.

To get the facts on the History standards, visit

For some history on the issue, please watch this video:

Vote on Sonogram Bill in the Senate expected this week

April 26, 2011

The Texas Senate is expected to vote on the Sonogram Bill (CSHB 15) this week.  Now is a critical time to contact your State Senator. Please call your State Senator today to ask them to support this life-saving legislation.

Click here to find your elected officials, or you can download our Texas Legislative Guide with all of Texas’ elected officials contact information at  All Senators can be reached through the Capitol Switchboard at 512.463.4630

Check back on the blog for updates on the status of the bill.

Texas Sonogram Bill Passes State Senate Committee

April 12, 2011

We supported this bill, HB 15, at the hearing on Monday.

Sonogram Bill in Senate Committee today

April 11, 2011

Today, the Senate State Affairs Committee will take up the House version of the Sonogram Bill (HB 15) that has already passed the Texas House.  This is the first movement on this bill in several weeks, and we are excited to see the Sonogram Bill continuing to move ahead.  We will be testifying in favor of this bill today at the hearing.

Please call your State Senator today to ask them to support this life-saving legislation.  Click here to find your elected officials, or you can download our Texas Legislative Guide with all of Texas’ elected officials contact information at

Check back on the blog today for updates from the hearing.

Texas Sonogram Bill is on the Move Again!

April 6, 2011

Yesterday, the Texas Senate referred HB 15, the House version of the Sonogram Bill, to the Senate State Affairs Committee.  This is the first sign of movement on this bill in the past 4 weeks, after the House and Senate versions of the Sonogram bill got off to a rocket start.  We expect that a hearing will be scheduled soon on HB 15, in Senate State Affairs.   This also appears to signal that the Senate will take up the House version and decide if any changes need to be made to such version.  We are excited that the Sonogram bill is once again on the move!


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.

Senate Committee Passes Choose Life License Plate Bill

March 1, 2011

Vote was 5-1.  Newcomer, Senator Rodriguez was the only vote against the bill.  More details below.

Jonathan Saenz and other Pro-Life Leaders

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