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May 22, 2017

Senator Ted Cruz: Celebrates SB 24 Bill Signing; Applauds Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick and Texas Legislature for Defense of Religious Liberty

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement applauding Texas Governor Greg Abbott for signing Senate Bill 24 into law yesterday: “I thank Gov. Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, and the Texas Legislature for their leadership in defending religious liberty and free speech in our state.

From Senator Ted Cruz


May 22, 2017

TexProtects: Applauds Senate Passage of HB 4 (Kinship Care)

Today, the Texas Senate passed House Bill 4, increasing state assistance for “kinship care” providers. Following is a statement from Madeline McClure, CEO of TexProtects, the Texas Association for the Protection of Children (and the Texas chapter of Prevent Child Abuse America):

From TexProtects


May 22, 2017

AARP Texas: Lauds Senate Passage of Bill to Protect Older Texans from Financial Exploitation

The following is a statement by AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson applauding the passage of HB 3921 by the Texas Senate today, a measure which would improve the reporting of financial exploitation targeting older Texans and would give new tools to banks and securities firms to place a temporary hold on suspicious transactions.

From AARP Texas


May 22, 2017

Representative Eric Johnson: Texas Savings Promotion Act Heads To Governor's Desk

Representative Eric Johnson’s House Bill 471 passed out of the House unanimously by a vote of 141-0 and out of the Senate by a vote of 30-1. If signed into law by Governor Abbott, the bill would allow banks and credit unions to operate prize-linked savings account programs in which individuals can win prizes, including cash, for depositing money into their own savings accounts.

From Representative Eric Johnson


May 22, 2017

Representative Lina Ortega: Celebrates Passage of First Bill

Following last week’s vote by the Texas Senate to approve House Bill 2359, Rep. Lina Ortega released the following statement: “As in other urban cities, one of the issues El Paso must address is abandoned buildings that threaten the safety and economic development of our community.

From Representative Lina Ortega


May 22, 2017

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops: Texas Bishops Affirm Opportunity for Catholics to Engage in Foster Care System

The Texas Legislature has passed a bill providing people motivated by their religious beliefs the freedom to serve children in Texas’ foster care system. Governor Greg Abbott is expected to sign the bill into law.

From Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops


May 22, 2017

Center for Public Policy Priorities: Statement on Passage of Texas Senate Voucher Bill

"In the middle of the night, the Texas Senate voted for a voucher scheme that will rob taxpayer money from public schools and give it to private schools.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


May 22, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Senate's Preliminary Approval of HB 3859 Puts Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination A Step Closer To Law

The Texas Senate tonight gave preliminary approval, 21-10, on second reading to HB3859, which would allow child welfare services providers that contract with the state to use religion to discriminate against qualified parents and children.

From Texas Freedom Network


May 22, 2017

Texas AFL-CIO: Statement on 'Bathroom Bill' Amendment

Texas AFL-CIO President John Patrick today criticized tentative House approval of SB 2078, which now includes a "bathroom bill" amendment: "SB 2078 may check a box on the political agenda of Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick but it is wrong for Texas.

From Texas AFL-CIO


May 22, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Texas House of Reps Passes "Bathroom Bill" On 2nd Reading

Today, the Texas House of Representatives added an amendment to Senate Bill 2078 that regulates bathroom usage in schools. The House passed SB 2078 on second reading by a vote of 92-49 after adopting the discriminatory amendment.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez


May 22, 2017

Speaker Joe Straus: Statement on Senate Bill 2078

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus released the following statement after the passage of Senate Bill 2078 on second reading: “Representative Paddie's amendment will allow schools to continue to handle sensitive issues as they have been handling them. I believe this amendment will allow us to avoid the severely negative impact of Senate Bill 6.

From Speaker Joe Straus


May 22, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Statement on Texas House Passage of 'Bathroom' Amendment

The Texas House this evening amended (and then passed on second reading) SB2078, a bill that had been focused on school emergency and safety plans, to include a measure that would open the door to stigmatizing and shaming transgender students seeking access to public restrooms all other students use.

From Texas Freedom Network


May 22, 2017

Senator Paul Bettencourt: Echoes Governor Abbott's statement today, "I want to see the rate rollback on part of property taxes achieved"

At another bill signing today, Governor Greg Abbott said that the property tax measure the House passed Saturday was not strong enough, stating, “I want to see the rate rollback part of property taxes achieved.”

From Senator Paul Bettencourt


May 22, 2017

Smart Mobility Texas: Statement Upon Texas House of Representatives Passage of SB 2205

“Smart Mobility Texas praises the Texas House of Representatives for passage today of Senate Bill 2205, legislation which permits continued Autonomous Vehicle (AV) testing in Texas and authorizes the state-wide implementation of driverless cars on Texas roadways. Representative Charlie Geren, R-Fort Worth, sponsored SB 2205 in the Texas House. Senator Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, is the bill’s author.

From Smart Mobility Texas


May 22, 2017

Texas House Republican Caucus: Texas House Republicans Pass Comprehensive Pro-Life Legislation

This weekend, Texas House Republicans overwhelmingly supported the House version of Senate Bill 8, the pro-life legislation that bans the inhumane procedure of partial-birth abortions, prohibits the sale of fetal tissues and organs, and provides for the disposition of fetal remains.

From Texas House Republican Caucus


May 22, 2017

Representative Garnet Coleman: Sandra Bland Act Headed to Governor's Desk

Today, May 20, 2017, the Texas House of Representatives passed on third reading SB 1849, known as the Sandra Bland Act. SB 1849 is the Senate companion to HB 2702 that Representative Garnet Coleman (D-147) wrote in the House.

From Representative Garnet Coleman


May 22, 2017

Representative Hugh Shine: Texas House Unanimously Approves Property Tax Transparency Bill

The Texas House on Saturday voted unanimously to bring more transparency to the process of setting property tax rates. The initial passage of SB 669 by a vote of 135-0 signaled a new era for property owners seeking reform.

From Representative Hugh Shine


May 22, 2017

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa: Texas Legislature Passes SB 1136 by Senator Hinojosa for the City of Edinburg Sports Facility & Field Construction

Today, Senate Bill 1136, authored by Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa and sponsored by Representative Terry Canales was sent to the Governor's desk with overwhelming approval from the Texas Legislature. SB 1136 authorizes the use of municipal hotel occupancy tax revenue for sporting-related facilities for the City of Edinburg.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


May 22, 2017

Representative Eddie Rodriguez: Texas House Passes Senate Bill 8 On 2nd Reading

Today, the Texas House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 8 on second reading by a vote of 96-47. The bill must pass the Texas House a third time before heading back to the Texas Senate, where the body will decide whether or not to concur with the changes made to the bill by the House.

From Representative Eddie Rodriguez


May 22, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Texas House Vote For Anti-Abortion SB8 Once Again Puts Lies Ahead of Women's Access To Reproductive Health Care

The Texas House just voted to approve on second reading SB8, which creates even more regulations designed to unnecessarily burden abortion providers and make women’s access to abortion even harder in Texas. The House must still pass the bill on third reading.

From Texas Freedom Network


May 22, 2017

Senator Judith Zaffirni: Texas Senate Passes Statewide Ban on Texting While Driving

The Texas Senate today approved a statewide ban on texting while driving, passing House Bill (HB) 62, the Alex Brown Memorial Act, by Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, and sponsored by Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, who also authored its Senate companion legislation, Senate Bill 31.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


May 22, 2017

Texas Freedom Network: Texas Senate Just Voted To Make The Textbooks Wars Even Worse

The Texas Senate voted today to approve HB1291, which the Senate Education Committee revised to allow the State Board of Education by bypass legislative safeguards against textbook censorship. The House must now either approve the revised bill or send it to a conference committee.

From Texas Freedom Network


May 22, 2017

Senator Sylvia Garcia: School Bus Seat Belt Bill is Headed to the Governor's Desk

Senate Bill 693, which would require all buses model year 2018 or newer purchased by a school district to be equipped with three-point seat belts, has been passed by the Texas House and Senate. It is now headed to Governor Abbott's desk for his signature.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


May 22, 2017

Representative Tom Craddick: House Bill 62 Passes The Texas Senate

Today, House Bill 62, the statewide ban on texting while driving, passed the Senate by a vote of 23-8. Authored by Rep. Tom Craddick and Sen. Judith Zaffirini, the bill will head to the Governor's desk for consideration after the Texas House approves a procedural motion to concur.

From Representative Tom Craddick