RSS Feed http://freedomfortexas.com This is an RSS Feed en Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:29:50 +0000 Thu, 17 Aug 2017 03:29:50 +0000 5 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/process-needed-by-which-republican-caucus-chooses-nominee-for-speaker-call-for-a-caucus-meeting-to-discuss-andor-adopt-procedure-for-nominee-selection Process Needed by Which Republican Caucus Chooses Nominee for Speaker; Call for a Caucus Meeting to Discuss and/or Adopt Procedure for Nominee Selection http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/process-needed-by-which-republican-caucus-chooses-nominee-for-speaker-call-for-a-caucus-meeting-to-discuss-andor-adopt-procedure-for-nominee-selection <p>3 August 2017</p><p><br></p><p> To: Representative Tan Parker<br> Chairman, Texas House Republican Caucus&nbsp;</p><p><br></p><p>Re: Process Needed by Which Republican Caucus Chooses Nominee for Speaker;&nbsp;</p><p>Call for a Caucus Meeting to Discuss and/or Adopt Procedure for Nominee Selection</p><p><br></p><p>Chairman Parker,</p><p>A Republican Speaker of the House should first win the confidence of a majority of his or her fellow Republicans. To do so, Republicans should determine their candidate for Speaker in a called meeting of the House Republican Caucus before the 86<sup>th</sup> Legislature convenes in 2019. Such a meeting is called for in the Republican Party Platform.</p><p><strong>Before we select a person, we need to select a procedure.</strong></p><p>In order for Republicans to choose their nominee for Speaker, we need a procedure in place to guide that process. However, no procedure for selecting our Speaker nominee with proper order has been adopted by the Republican Caucus. Such a procedure is critical to successfully choosing a nominee, and must be put in place well in advance of a meeting where nominees are considered.</p><p><strong>Therefore,we respectfully call upon you to schedule a meeting of the House Republican Caucus for the sole purpose of discussing and/or adopting a procedure to determine our nominee for Speaker of the House</strong>.&nbsp;</p><p>Since members are in Austin for the Special Session, we believe holding a meeting before the end of the session on August 16<sup>th</sup> would ensure maximum participation.&nbsp;</p><p>Pursuant to Article VI, Section 6.03 to the House Republican Caucus bylaws, we the undersigned respectfully request that you call a meeting of the House Republican Caucus for the purpose of discussion and/or adopting a procedure to determine our nominee for Speaker.</p><p><br></p><p><img alt="Image title" class="fr-fin fr-dib" src="/uploads/blog/5de73c5dc906add0508d9304b7a4141762b0babd.jpg" width="66%"></p><p><br></p> Thu, 03 Aug 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/hiring-executive-director-for-texas-freedom-caucus HIRING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR for TEXAS FREEDOM CAUCUS http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/hiring-executive-director-for-texas-freedom-caucus <p>Do you believe that Texas must expand liberty for its citizens and be a better model for the rest of the country? Here is an opportunity to fully engage in that mission. </p><p>The newly formed Texas Freedom Caucus, established in February 2017, is seeking an Executive Director to help shape strategy, develop policy goals, communicate our message, manage day-to- day operations and further our mission to:</p><ul><li>Amplify the voice of liberty-minded, grassroots Texans who want bold action to</li><li>Protect life, strengthen families, defend the U.S. and Texas Bills of Rights, restrain government, and</li><li>Revitalize personal and economic freedoms in the State of Texas.</li></ul><p><strong>The Executive Director will be someone who can contribute in the following ways:</strong></p><ul><li>Develop strategy and policy</li><li>Grassroots and coalition outreach</li><li>Logistics and event planning</li><li>Communications and media relations</li><li>Fundraising</li><li>Organizational management</li></ul><p><strong>What does the ideal candidate look like?</strong></p><ul><li>Liberty-minded</li><li>A self-starter with a solid grasp of the Texas political climate (or the ability to quickly learn the priorities of Texans and the state’s political makeup)</li><li>Excellent verbal and written communication skills</li><li>The desire to work with varied individuals and coalition groups</li><li>An eye for detail and the ability to execute administrative tasks for the Caucus</li><li>The ability to manage teams while working in a fast-paced environment</li><li>Locate in Austin during legislative sessions (permanent residence in Austin not required)</li></ul><p>Is this you? If so, we want to hear from you.</p><p>Highly competitive compensation package. Past work experience, level of education and demonstrated skills will be evaluated. We will pay for the value you bring.</p><p>To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to info@freedomfortexas.com (Please use the subject line: <strong>Freedom Caucus ED Applicant</strong>.)</p><p>Read our mission statement and get more info at www.freedomfortexas.com</p> Thu, 27 Jul 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/tfc-abbott-must-call-special-session TFC: Abbott Must Call Special Session http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/tfc-abbott-must-call-special-session <h1 align="center"><strong>Abbott Must Call a Special Session</strong></h1><p> <br> Vitally important, yet unfinished business in Austin compels the Texas Freedom Caucus to call upon Governor Abbott to call a special session of the Legislature to address at least three critical issues not passed in the regular session:</p><ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Property tax reform that includes a credible rollback election provision,</li> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Privacy protections for women and girls in changing rooms, showers, and restrooms in public schools as well as other public settings. Also a law that protects private businesses if they choose not to allow men into women’s changing rooms and bathrooms, and</li> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Agency sunset reviews, including the Texas Medical Board.</li> </ul><p>Governor Abbott should also consider matters related to ethics reform, public school finance, and school choice in a special session. <br> <br> It is time to finish the business we were elected to complete.</p><p align="center"><a href="http://freedomfortexas.us15.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=6c5fa5251868cb50e313665d8&amp;id=9d0a3bfb20&amp;e=20e0d0e033" target="_blank">www.freedomfortexas.com</a></p><p><br></p><p> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><u>FREEDOM CAUCUS MEMBERS:</u></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"> Rep. Kyle Biedermann Rep. Briscoe Cain Rep. Matt Krause</p><p style="text-align: center;"> Rep. Mike Lang Rep. Jeff Leach Rep. Matt Rinaldi</p><p style="text-align: center;"> Rep. Matt Schaefer Rep. Matt Shaheen Rep. Jonathan Stickland</p><p style="text-align: center;"> Rep. Valoree Swanson Rep. Tony Tinderholt Rep. Bill Zedler </p> Wed, 31 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/spending-restraint-draws-a-qualified-yes-to-the-budget Spending Restraint Draws a Qualified ‘Yes’ to the Budget http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/spending-restraint-draws-a-qualified-yes-to-the-budget <h1 align="center"><strong>Spending Restraint Draws a Qualified</strong><br> <strong>‘Yes’ to the Budget</strong></h1><p> </p><p>Government spending must not outgrow the people it serves. But for decades the consistent pattern has been for spending in Austin to grow too much, too fast. That pattern broke in 2015, however the initial proposed House budget in 2017 again spent too much money by looting the state’s savings account for $2.5 billion to pay for ordinary items when there was no compelling reason to do so. The Texas Freedom Caucus strongly opposed that budget proposal. <br> <br> We voted yes on the final Texas budget because it returns us to a rare place in budget history: meaningful restraint in state spending relative to population growth and inflation. This was our top budget priority.<br> <br> The simple truth is that there are bad, and even ugly, aspects to this budget. And we must call it like it is. We fought against corporate welfare and crony capitalism when the budget was debated and amended on the House floor. Temporary wins were erased in the final budget despite our best efforts. We still don’t have the votes to eliminate the portions of the budget that violate core conservative principles. We will tell the truth about your money and keep fighting. At the same time, we will be honest about the positive aspects of the budget and the progress that has been made.<br> <br> THE GOOD:</p><ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">“All funds” and “all state funds” are kept below population and inflation growth by ~$2 billion</li> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Most pro-life budget in Texas history; including defunding Planned Parenthood and its affiliates</li> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Teachers retirement and healthcare programs received much needed additional funds</li> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Border security funding is maintained despite opposition by some Republicans and Democrats</li> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Education spending adequately meets enrollment growth, and (unlike the initial House budget) does not skip or defer payments to the Foundation School Program</li> </ul><p> <br> THE BAD: </p><ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo2;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Utilizes $900 million from the Rainy Day Fund for long-term capital expenditures</li> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo2;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Accounts for $1.8 billion in highway funds by delaying the start of a new stream of payments by one month</li> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo2;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">No meaningful tax relief</li> </ul><p> <br> THE UGLY: </p><ul type="disc"> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo3;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Corporate welfare programs are maintained, including the film-subsidy program and the Texas Enterprise Fund</li> <li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo3;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">The 900+ page budget was printed and available for members and the public to view only about 36 hours prior to the final vote</li> </ul><p align="center"><a href="http://www.freedomfortexas.com" target="_blank">www.freedomfortexas.com</a></p><p> </p><p style="text-align: center;"><strong><u>FREEDOM CAUCUS MEMBERS:</u></strong></p><p style="text-align: center;"> Rep. Kyle Biedermann Rep. Briscoe Cain Rep. Matt Krause</p><p style="text-align: center;"> Rep. Mike Lang Rep. Jeff Leach Rep. Matt Rinaldi</p><p style="text-align: center;"> Rep. Matt Schaefer Rep. Matt Shaheen Rep. Jonathan Stickland</p><p style="text-align: center;"> Rep. Valoree Swanson Rep. Tony Tinderholt Rep. Bill Zedler </p> Sat, 27 May 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/freedom-fivefifteen Freedom Five/Fifteen http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/freedom-fivefifteen <p>The Texas Freedom Caucus' Priority Bills</p><p>Downloadable version here:&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<a class="fr-file" href="/uploads/blog/69d04ff22b4010ebdd228ca26fa39b7a5abc0546.docx">Freedom 5 and 15.docx</a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p align="center"><b>Freedom Caucus – Priority Legislation</b></p><p align="center"><b>“Freedom Five”</b></p><p align="center"><b>Priorities 1-5</b></p><p align="center"><b> </b></p><table width="711" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:202.5pt;background:#2F75B5;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; height:.2in" width="270"> <p align="center">Priority</p> </td> <td style="width:65.7pt;background:#2F75B5;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; height:.2in" width="88"> <p align="center">Bill</p> </td> <td style="width:73.0pt;background:#2F75B5;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; height:.2in" width="97"> <p align="center">Author</p> </td> <td style="width:192.0pt;background:#2F75B5;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; height:.2in" width="256"> <p align="center">Status</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="270"> <p>Dismemberment Abortion Ban</p> </td> <td width="88"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB00844I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 844</a></u></p> </td> <td width="97"> <p>Rep. Klick</p> </td> <td width="256"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB844">Referred to House State Affairs (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="270"> <p>Constitutional Carry </p> </td> <td width="88"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB00375I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 375</a></u></p> </td> <td width="97"> <p>Rep. Stickland </p> </td> <td width="256"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB375">Pending in Homeland Security (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="270" valign="bottom"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td width="88"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB01911I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 1911</a></u></p> </td> <td width="97"> <p>Rep. White</p> </td> <td width="256"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB1911">Pending in Calendars (History) Updated</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="270"> <p>Women's Privacy</p> </td> <td width="88"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/SB00006E.pdf#navpanes=0">SB 6</a></u></p> </td> <td width="97"> <p>Sen. Kolkhorst</p> </td> <td width="256"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=SB6">Received in House from Senate (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="270"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td width="88"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB01362I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 1362</a></u></p> </td> <td width="97"> <p>Rep. Shaheen</p> </td> <td width="256"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB1362">Referred to State Affairs (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="270"> <p>Property Tax Reform</p> </td> <td width="88"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB00015I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 15</a></u></p> </td> <td width="97"> <p>Rep. D. Bonnen&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> </td> <td width="256"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB15">Referred to Ways &amp; Means (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="270"> <p>Sanctuary Cities Ban with strong enforcement</p> </td> <td width="88"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/SB00004E.pdf#navpanes=0">SB 4</a></u></p> </td> <td width="97"> <p>Sen. Perry</p> </td> <td width="256"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=SB4">Passed House; to Conference (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table><p align="center"><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p><b> </b></p><p align="center"><b>Freedom Caucus – Priority Legislation</b></p><p align="center"><b>&nbsp;“Freedom Fifteen”</b></p><p align="center"><b>Priorities 6-15</b></p><table width="760" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" border="0"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="width:165.0pt;background:#2F75B5;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; height:.2in" width="220"> <p align="center">Priority</p> </td> <td style="width:82.0pt;background:#2F75B5;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; height:.2in" width="109"> <p align="center">Bill</p> </td> <td style="width:102.9pt;background:#2F75B5;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; height:.2in" width="137"> <p align="center">Author</p> </td> <td style="width:220.0pt;background:#2F75B5;padding:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; height:.2in" width="293"> <p align="center">Status</p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td rowspan="2" width="220"> <p>Religious Liberty/First Amendment Protections</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB01923I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 1923</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Krause</p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB1923">Referred to House State Affairs (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/SB00893I.pdf#navpanes=0">SB 893</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Sen. Hughes </p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=SB893">Referred to Senate State Affairs(History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>Conservative Budget</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/SB00001H.pdf#navpanes=0">SB 1</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Sen. Nelson</p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=SB1">House appoints Conf. Comm.&nbsp; (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>American Law for American Courts</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB00045I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 45</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Flynn </p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB45">Passed House Judiciary Committee (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>Spending Cap</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/SB00009E.pdf#navpanes=0">SB 9</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Sen. Hancock</p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=SB9">Referred to Appropriations (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>&nbsp; </p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB01025I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 1025</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Leach</p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB1025">Referred to Appropriations (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB00936I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 936</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Schofield </p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB936">Referred to Appropriations (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>No insurance coverage for abortion&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB01113I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 1113</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Smithee </p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB1113">Referred to House State Affairs (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>Church Security Act</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB00421I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 421</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Rinaldi </p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB421">In Calendars Committee (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>Uniform Election Dates </p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB01271I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 1271</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Lang</p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB1271">Pending in Elections Committee (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB02485I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 2485</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Elkins</p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB2485">Pending in Elections Committee (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB01773I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 1773</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Swanson</p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB1773">Referred to Elections Committee (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB00151I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 151</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Simmons </p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB151">Pending in Elections Committee (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>Toll Road Cessation</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=SB668">SB 668</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Sen. Kolkhorst</p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=SB668">Referred to Senate Transportation (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB01282I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 1282</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Shaheen&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB1282">Referred to House Transportation (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>End of Life Protections</p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB02063I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 2063</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Greg Bonnen&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB2063">Pending in State Affairs (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>Voter ID </p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/SB00005E.pdf#navpanes=0">SB 5</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Sen. Huffman</p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=SB5">Passed Sen. – Pass H. State Affairs (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> <tr> <td width="220"> <p>&nbsp; </p> </td> <td width="109"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/85R/billtext/pdf/HB02481I.pdf#navpanes=0">HB 2481</a></u></p> </td> <td width="137"> <p>Rep. Phil King </p> </td> <td width="293"> <p><u><a href="http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=85R&amp;Bill=HB2481">Pending in Elections Committee (History)</a></u></p> </td> </tr> </tbody></table><p align="center"><b> </b></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p><br></p> Tue, 18 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/tfc-to-vote-no-on-budget-that-spends-texas-savings-account TFC to Vote "No" on Budget that Spends Texas' Savings Account http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/tfc-to-vote-no-on-budget-that-spends-texas-savings-account <p>The Texas Freedom Caucus opposes spending money from our state’s savings account because no compelling reason to do so has been presented.&nbsp; There is no budget crisis. We have more money overall than we had to spend in the last budget. It is not wise to take money from our Economic Stabilization Fund (aka Rainy Day fund) created in 1988 to “…offset unforeseen shortfalls in revenue” in order to pay for ordinary items that should be addressed in normal budget prioritization. </p><p> </p><p>The proposed House budget calls for spending money from the ESF for typical budget expenses such as border security, teachers’ healthcare and student financial aid. These are ordinary items that we can address with existing funds. They are not one-time expenses.&nbsp; It is worth noting the Texas Senate passed a budget 31-0 without using any money from the Rainy Day Fund.&nbsp; There is no revenue shortfall. </p><p> </p><p>We do have a greater challenge in prioritizing our spending because the Legislature and Texans chose to constitutionally dedicate more money to roads, leaving less discretionary money than we might have had otherwise. Even so, general revenue remains basically flat compared to last budget. </p><p> </p><p>We rightfully chose to prioritize spending on roads. We can prioritize other important items as well. The Texas Freedom Caucus will be voting no on a budget that spends our state’s savings account without a compelling reason to do so. </p> Wed, 05 Apr 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/sanctuary-cities-bill-update Sanctuary Cities Bill Update http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/sanctuary-cities-bill-update <h1>Sanctuary Cities Bill Update</h1><p><strong><em>Senate Passes SB 4 Quickly. Bill Still Languishing in House</em></strong></p><p>Governor Greg Abbott declared ending sanctuary cities in Texas as one of his emergency items for the 85th Legislature. The Senate responded by quickly passing SB 4 by Sen. Charles Perry which accomplishes that goal, but needs a stronger provision to remove government officials who refuse to comply. The Texas House received SB 4 on February 9<sup>th</sup> and the Speaker did not refer the bill to committee until nearly a month later. <br><br> Rep. Charlie Geren is sponsoring the House version of SB 4 which is being heard before the State Affairs Committee today, March 15<sup>th</sup>. Importantly the House version, like the Senate version, broadly prohibits a city from declining to cooperate with federal immigration detainer requests, and from prohibiting local law enforcement agents from inquiring as to the immigration status of detained individuals. At this point, the House sanctuary cities bill is a weaker bill than what passed the Senate.<br><br> There is one significant deficiency in both bills:</p><ul type="disc"><li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo1;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Removal Provisions: Governor Abbott stated his desire that the legislation "remove from office any officer-holder who promotes sanctuary cities." Neither the House nor the Senate version adequately addresses this goal. Both versions require the office holder to be found criminally liable in order to be removed. This presents issues with burden of proof and that local DAs, often from the same political party as the offending office-holder, will be reluctant to bring criminal charges. A civil removal proceeding would present a lower burden of proof and allow the Attorney General concurrent standing to bring removal proceedings, thereby making enforcement more likely.</li></ul><p>There are some significant differences between SB 4 by Sen. Perry, and the House bill by Geren: </p><ul type="disc"><li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Loss of State Grant Funds: The Senate version threatens local governments and law enforcement agencies with the loss of state grant funds if they refuse to cooperate with immigration authorities. This important disciplinary provision is not in the House version.</li><li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Definition of "Sanctuary Policy": The Senate version prohibits any policy that "prohibits or discourages" the enforcement of immigration laws. The House version amends this language to prohibit any policy which "prohibits" [but not discourages] enforcement of immigration laws. The Senate language is stronger.</li><li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Government Liability: The Senate version makes a state criminal justice agency, county, or municipality liable for damages resulting from a felony committed by an illegal immigrant who was released from custody in violation of an ICE detainer request. The House version does not include this important enforcement mechanism against governmental entities which violate the law, instead directing liability to bail bondsmen. </li><li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">Grant Spending: The House version asks the Governor's Criminal Justice Division to establish a grant program for local governments to assist with the costs of enforcing immigration laws, with no spending limit and little guidance on how the funds will be spent.</li><li style="color:#202020;mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto;margin-left:0in;line-height:150%;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo2;tab-stops: list .5in;-ms-text-size-adjust: 100%;-webkit-text-size-adjust: 100%">ICE Detainer Validity: Senate Bill 4 instructs political subdivisions to presume an ICE detainment request is valid. The House version does not include this provision. </li></ul><p>The Texas Freedom Caucus will monitor the House committee discussion on SB 4, and work to ensure that this legislature finally ends sanctuary cities in Texas. We have reason to believe that House leadership will not bring the sanctuary cities bill to the House floor for a vote until after the main budget bill, which will likely happen the last week of March or early April.</p><p align="center"><a href="http://freedomfortexas.us15.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6c5fa5251868cb50e313665d8&amp;id=b4081c84d3&amp;e=20e0d0e033" target="_blank">www.freedomfortexas.com</a></p> Wed, 15 Mar 2017 05:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/womens-privacy-act-update-senators-school-tab Women's Privacy Act Update: Senators school TAB http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/womens-privacy-act-update-senators-school-tab <!--StartFragment--><p>The Senate Committee on State Affairs this week passed SB 6, the women's privacy act, which is one of the Texas Freedom Caucus' priority issues in the House. The debate on this bill was very interesting. Watch this EPIC cross-examination by Sens. Hancock &amp; Bettencourt of falsehoods told by Chris Wallace &amp; Texas Assoc. of Business who have been fighting AGAINST the bill to protect women and little girls from being exposed to men in showers and bathrooms in public schools and other government facilities.</p><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/NTeZiVIu2QM" allowfullscreen="" kwframeid="1" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe> Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/freedom-caucus-unveils-grassroots-priorities Freedom Caucus Unveils Grassroots Priorities http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/freedom-caucus-unveils-grassroots-priorities <p align="center"><em>Legislative agenda built through grassroots engagement process</em></p><p>The Texas Freedom Caucus (TFC) on Thursday unveiled its policy priorities for the 85<sup>th</sup> Session of the Texas Legislature. The priorities are the result of a deliberate grassroots engagement process that engaged conservative activists throughout the Lone Star State.</p><p>“The Texas Freedom Caucus chose these priorities because they represent the issues of concern to the ordinary Texans who work hard and pay the taxes that we spend in Austin,” said Rep. Matt Schaefer, the TFC chairman. “Our mission is to empower the grassroots through close engagement before, during and after the legislative session.”</p><p>Rep. Jeff Leach, the TFC Policy Director, said the 12 members of the caucus work together to advance the eight priority policy areas identified in the grassroots engagement process. </p><p>“Our goal is to leverage our combined resources to ensure that the voice of the grassroots is heard in the Texas legislature,” Leach said. “As members, we’re committed to turning that voice into action in the capitol building.” </p><p><br></p><p>The press conference can be viewed at the House of Representatives Website <a href="http://www.house.state.tx.us/video-audio/press-conference/" rel="nofollow">here.</a></p><p><br></p><p>The caucus priorities are available at: <a href="http://www.freedomfortexas.com/issues/">http://www.freedomfortexas.com/issues/</a></p><p><br></p><p><br></p><p align="center"><a href="http://www.freedomfortexas.com">www.freedomfortexas.com</a></p><p align="center">##</p> Thu, 02 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/freedom-caucus-supports-cps-reform-bills Freedom Caucus Supports CPS Reform Bills http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/freedom-caucus-supports-cps-reform-bills <p>The Texas Freedom Caucus will support legislation in the Texas House of Representatives today aimed at reforming the state’s Child Protective Services system, including HB 4 and HB 5. These bills are emergency items, and should receive expedited passage.</p><p> </p><p>“The Child Protective Services system in Texas is broken, and innocent Texas children are suffering as a result,” said Rep. Jeff Leach, the Freedom Caucus’ Policy Director. “We cannot kick this can down the road.&nbsp; Now is the time to act to structurally reform CPS, for the Texas children of today and tomorrow.”</p><p> </p><p>HB 4, by Rep. Cindy Burkett, makes it easier for children in danger to be placed in the homes of relative care-givers, noting that children placed with relatives generally have better outcomes than children placed with non-relatives.</p><p> </p><p>HB 5 by Rep. James Frank would institute a number of changes in the Department of Family and Protective Services. HB 5 will speed CPS decisions by maintaining DFPS as a stand-alone agency reporting to the Governor, consolidating all investigations of child abuse and neglect under the CPS investigation unit, while still maintaining administrative support functions in the Health and Human Services Commission to provide efficiencies. </p><p> </p><p>The Texas Freedom Caucus will also support any amendments that are aimed at further protecting Texas children, safeguarding the rights of Texas families and increasing transparency and accountability.</p><p> </p><p>“This legislation will hopefully be a first step to reforming Texas’ CPS system, but should not be the end of the discussion,” Leach said. “The Texas Freedom Caucus is committed to protecting the life and welfare of children and we will continue to fight for and support strong legislation to do just that.” </p><p> </p> Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/freedom-caucus-calls-on-tab-to-stop-misleading-texans-with-bogus-claims Freedom Caucus Calls on TAB to Stop Misleading Texans with Bogus Claims http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/freedom-caucus-calls-on-tab-to-stop-misleading-texans-with-bogus-claims <!--StartFragment--><p align="center"><em><strong>St. Edwards University says student project has been misused</strong></em></p><p>The Texas Freedom Caucus (TFC) today issued a call to the Texas Association of Business to discontinue its efforts to block women’s privacy legislation through the use of research that an Austin university said was a student project that has been misrepresented.</p><p>TAB circulated a report claiming significant economic damage to the Texas economy if the legislature were to pass legislation that protects the safety and privacy of women and little girls, but the report has now been discredited by PolitiFact Texas as “mostly false.” A policy analyst with the Heritage Foundation recently stated the “report should not be taken seriously in the ongoing public debate.” </p><p>Furthermore, TAB’s claim was based on a report produced at St. Edwards University, which now states the report should never have been used as a platform for political advocacy. In response to a recent inquiry by Rep. Matt Shaheen, the dean of the university’s school of business said the study was merely a student research project.</p><p>“This research project – limited in scope and conducted by students – was not intended to be, and should not have been used as, the platform for a political advocacy campaign,” the dean wrote in the letter to Shaheen, who serves as the TFC grassroots liaison.</p><p>Rep. Shaheen further stated, “TAB should apologize and explain to Texans why they’re supporting an extreme agenda that would violate Texans’ privacy and could expose businesses to countless new local regulations that are bad for business and bad for privacy.” </p><p>The full letter from St. Edwards University to Representative Matt Shaheen is below.</p><p><br></p><p><img class="fr-image-dropped fr-fin fr-dib" alt="Image title" src="http://i.froala.com/download/70dba3586c4671c03b32a587a972cb46233cd342.jpg?1487885830" width="688"></p><p><br></p><!--EndFragment--> Tue, 21 Feb 2017 06:00:00 +0000 http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/freedom-caucus-formed-in-the-texas-house-to-empower-grassroots-texans Freedom Caucus Formed in the Texas House To Empower Grassroots Texans http://freedomfortexas.com/blog/post/freedom-caucus-formed-in-the-texas-house-to-empower-grassroots-texans <p>The Texas Freedom Caucus was launched today in the Texas House of Representatives.&nbsp; The Texas Freedom Caucus’ mission is to amplify the voice of liberty-minded grassroots Texans who want bold action to protect life, strengthen families, defend the bill of rights, restrain government and revitalize personal and economic freedoms in Texas.</p><p> </p><p>The Texas Freedom Caucus (TFC) will be focused on first principles that are the hallmark of liberty-minded Texans.&nbsp; The policies supported by the TFC will be developed thru collaboration with grassroots leaders to identify priorities that are often dismissed in Austin.</p><p> </p><p>“Go five blocks in any direction from the Texas Capitol, and you will see what interests are hard wired into the Austin establishment,” Caucus Chairman Rep. Matt Schaefer (Tyler) said. “The mission of the Texas Freedom Caucus will be to hard wire liberty-minded grassroots into policy making in Austin.”&nbsp; </p><p> </p><p>The TFC will engage grassroots Texans on matters before session, during session, and long after session when policies are implemented at the agency level. The caucus is committed to restoring first principles – the right to life, liberty and property that are at the core of the freedom of America and the exceptionalism of Texas. The caucus will outline a set of legislative priorities after it holds a series of discussions with grassroots representatives from all across Texas. Thereafter, the TFC will support or oppose legislation in accordance with those principles.&nbsp; </p><p> </p><p>“We don’t want our priorities to be determined from Austin down, but from the grassroots up. That includes taking things like the Texas Republican Party platform seriously,” said Schaefer. “There are thousands of people too busy working and raising their families to embed themselves in the legislative process. Their voices matter too, and we want to make sure they are heard, and their efforts are multiplied.”</p><p> </p><p>The Texas Freedom Caucus will share many policy goals with other existing conservative organizations and caucuses, and it will buttress and complement rather than compete with those groups.&nbsp; The TFC will distinguish itself by providing a specific focal point for grassroots Texans interested in conservative policy-making in Austin. </p><p> </p><p>The Vice Chair of the Caucus will be Rep. Bill Zedler (Arlington). The Policy Director will be Rep. Jeff Leach (Plano), the caucus Grassroots Liaison will be Rep. Matt Shaheen (Plano) and the Secretary-Treasurer will be Rep. Tony Tinderholt (Arlington). Other members include representatives Kyle Biedermann (New Braunfels), Briscoe Cain (Houston), Matt Krause (Fort Worth), Mike Lang (Granbury), Rep. Matt Rinaldi (Irving), Jonathan Stickland (Bedford) and Valoree Swanson (Spring).&nbsp; </p><p> </p><p>James Bernsen will serve as Executive Director for the Texas Freedom Caucus.</p> Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:00:00 +0000