Support Bills to Weaken or Repeal SB 4 (“Show Your Papers”)

April 16

ACTION

There are 3 bills being heard in the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday, April 17, that would weaken or repeal SB 4 (the “show me your papers” bill) from 2017. Contact members of the committee to ask them to approve bills HB 445, HB 652, and HB 2266 for a vote in the full house.

Suggested text when calling:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district}. (Or, “I am a constituent who lives in {town}” if you live in their district). I am calling to ask Representative _____ to vote HB 445, HB 652, and HB 2266 out of committee. SB 4 from 2017 erodes local control and damages trust between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. It is causing crimes to go unreported because victims and witnesses fear attracting attention from ICE. Please let local law enforcement focus on enforcing local law.

Texas House, State Affairs Committee:
Dade Phelan (Dist 21), Chair, (512) 463-0706/(409) 745-2777
Ana Hernandez (Dist 143, Vice Chair, (512) 463-0614/(713) 675-8596
Joe Deshotel (Dist 41), (512) 463-0662/(409) 982-6266
R. D. “Bobby” Guerra (Dist 41), (512) 463-0578/(956) 292-0407
Sam Harless (Dist 126), (512) 463-0496
Justin Holland (Dist 33), (512) 463-0484
Todd Hunter (Dist 21), (512) 463-0672/(361) 949-4603
Phil King (Dist 61), (512) 463-0738/(512) 463-0738
Tan Parker (Dist 63), (512) 463-0688/(972) 724-8477
Richard Peña Raymond (Dist 42), (512) 463-0558/(956) 753-7722
Eddie Rodriguez (Dist 51), (512) 463-0674/(512) 463-0674
John T. Smithee (Dist 86), (512) 463-0702/(806) 372-3327
Drew Springer (Dist 68), (512) 463-0526/(940) 580-1770

BACKGROUND

Media coverage:

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/

https://www.npr.org/2017/05/25/529513771/new-immigration-crackdowns-creating-chilling-effect-on-crime-reporting

Support HB 3324 (Groundwater Contingency Plan)

April 3

ACTION

Representative Erin Zwiener’s Bill HB 3324 is pending in the Natural Resources Committee. This bill requires a groundwater impact contingency plan by pipeline operators to be approved by the Railroad Commission. Please call your House Representative and tell them that the protection of our groundwater is very important to you. Tell them that you support HB 3324. Please call both the state and district office if you have time. (They are very quick. It only takes about 10 minutes to do them all.)

Suggested text {when calling…}:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district}. I am calling to ask Representative ___ to support HB 3324 in the Natural Resources Committee. The protection of our groundwater is very important. HB 3324 would ensure that pipeline companies develop a contingency plan in case of groundwater contamination. Please vote yes on HB 3324!

House Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee Members:
https://house.texas.gov/committees/committee/?committee=C390
Representative Lyle Larson (CHAIR) | (512) 463-0646 Capitol | (210) 402-5402 District | lyle.larson@house.texas.gov
Representative Will Metcalf (VICE) | (512) 463-0726 Capitol | (936) 539-0068 District
Representative Alex Dominguez | (512) 463-0640 Capitol | alex.dominguez@house.texas.gov
Representative Jessica Farrar | (512) 463-0620 Capitol | (713) 691-6912 District | jessica.farrar@house.texas.gov
Representative Cody Harris | (512) 463-0730 Capitol | cody.harris@house.texas.gov
Representative Tracy O King | (512) 463-0194 |tracy.king@house.texas.gov
Representative Mike Lang | (512) 463-0656 | (254) 631-0528 District | mike.lang@house.texas.gov
Representative Poncho Navarez | (512) 463-0566 | poncho.nevarez@house.texas.gov
Representative Tom Oliverson | (512) 463-0661 |(281) 955-5152 District | tom.oliverson@house.texas.gov
Representative Four Price | (512) 463-0470 | (806) 374-8787 District | four.price@house.texas.gov
Representative Ana-Maria Ramos | (512) 463-0454 | ana-maria.ramos@house.texas.gov (edited)

BACKGROUND

Bill details

Bill text: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/HB03324I.htm

Texas House of Representatives. The website for the Texas House of Representatives provides information on legislation, committees, and session. https://house.texas.gov/

Oppose SB 9 (Voter Suppression)

April 3

ACTION

Call your state senator to vote NO on SB 9. This bill would make it harder to vote in Texas by criminalizing honest mistakes in the voting process and eliminate existing hurdles to purging voter lists.

Suggested text {when calling…}:

My name is {name} and I am a constituent who lives in {town/district}. I am calling to ask you to vote NO on SB9. This bill would criminalize honest mistakes in the voting process and eliminate hurdles to purging voter lists. Please vote NO on SB 9!

Senate State Affairs Members
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UYYOOPQN8LpS4jfUcRn469hZELeGsPhWV1pS5dRvJ_g/edit?usp=sharing

Indivisible “Tell your Texas State Senator: Protect Democracy in Texas” phone number finder
https://act.indivisible.org/call/texas-protect-democracy/?fbclid=IwAR2059lYhNheY4m8rmb8emsUIbyuiWaGd6WsPX6r7x3H0Egkjmt8FZ_z-Q0

BACKGROUND

Bill details: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB9

Bill text: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00009S.htm

Indivisible National Call Guide: https://act.indivisible.org/call/texas-protect-democracy/?fbclid=IwAR2059lYhNheY4m8rmb8emsUIbyuiWaGd6WsPX6r7x3H0Egkjmt8FZ_z-Q0

Additional info/articles

The Texas Observer, “Civil Rights Groups Call ‘Election Integrity’ Bill a ‘Dangerous New Assault on Voting Rights in Texas’ ”  https://www.texasobserver.org/civil-rights-groups-call-election-integrity-bill-a-dangerous-new-assault-on-voting-rights-in-texas/

Oppose SB 15 (Usurping Local Control)

April 3

ACTION

Passing SB 15 would allow Austin to deny a local municipality the right to make decisions about compensation and benefits for their employees. SB 15 threatens nondiscrimination ordinances and undermining paid sick leave.

Suggested text {when calling…}:

My name is {name} and I am a constituent who lives in {town/district}. I am calling to ask you to vote NO on SB 15. SB 15 will undermine the rights of cities to determine their own employment and trade protections. The State should not usurp local authorities ability to serve their communities. Please vote NO on SB 15!

Link to Senate State Affairs Members with contact info
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1UYYOOPQN8LpS4jfUcRn469hZELeGsPhWV1pS5dRvJ_g/edit?usp=sharing

BACKGROUND

Bill details: https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/1065170

Bill text: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/pdf/SB00015I.pdf#navpanes=0

Media coverage

LWV MyLO, “Oppose Senate Bill 15” https://my.lwv.org/texas/action-alert/oppose-senate-bill-15?fbclid=IwAR3CRi7paNYERbTY2o-B93ixDpk9uqxyvharQ3VtCYryGgAYIMeBcUUzS0Y

The Texas Observer, “Dan Patrick May Have Just Sparked Bathroom Bill 2.0” https://www.texasobserver.org/dan-patrick-may-have-just-sparked-bathroom-bill-2-0/?fbclid=IwAR0dRbrKvc4w77W_jDY3o-aFnGeWi3rG1krX3oi7zlpzHa50KkNgfdC2XJI

Austin American-Statesman, “Abbott backs bill to prevent local governments from regulating sick leave, other benefits” https://www.statesman.com/news/20190212/abbott-backs-bill-to-prevent-local-governments-from-regulating-sick-leave-other-benefits?fbclid=IwAR0SB4I_LpI0QpLFfdJde1L5hud0bJTwHkobZQRSAlxYT5ZwoQQyyeLleMo

Oppose SB 1993

March 25

ACTION

Contact the members of the Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee to OPPOSE SB 1993.

Hearing: 9:00 am Wednesday, March 27 at 1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701, likely in room E1.012

Suggest text:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district}.  I am calling [senator] to urge him/her to vote NO on Senate Bill SB1993. The proposed bill threatens free speech, a basic right in our democracy. If passed, the bill would criminalize our constitutionally protected right to protest. There are already laws against trespassing and vandalism: it is clear that this law is specifically designed to prevent free speech of advocacy organizations. Please vote NO on SB 1993!

Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee Members:
Brian Birdwell (Chair -R – Grandbury) 512.463.0122 or brian.birdwell@senate.texas.gov
Judith Zaffirini (Vice Chair – D- Laredo) 512.463.0121 or judith.zaffirini@senate.texas.gov
Pat Fallon (R-Frisco) 512.463.0130 or pat.fallon@senate.texas.gov
Peter Flores (R- Pleasanton) 512.463.0119 or peter.flores@senate.texas.gov
Kelly Hancock (R-N.Richland Hills) 512.463.0109 or kelly.hancock@senate.texas.gov
Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen) 512.463.0120 or juan.hinojosa@senate.texas.gov
Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) 512.463-0101 or bryan.hughes@senate.texas.gov
Borris Miles – (D-Houston) 512.463.0113 or borris.miles@senate.texas.gov
Angela Paxton – (R-McKinney) 512.463.0108 or angela.paxton@senate.texas.gov
Beverly Powell- (D-Ft. Worth) 512.463.0110 or beverly.powell@senate.texas.gov
Jose Rodriguez – (D-El Paso) 512.463.0129 or jose.rodriguez@senate.texas.gov

BACKGROUND

If approved, the new law would have a terrifying chilling effect on our constitutional right to protest. The law is modeled after draft legislation promoted heavily by the ultra-right-wing American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and turns peaceful protest into felonies punishable by upwards of 20 years in prison with fines upwards of $10,000 for individuals, and liabilities for organizations involved in protests up to 100 times that penalty.  For example: under this proposed law, if an individual involved in a protest temporarily impeded workers’ ability to access a pipeline construction site, any organization involved in the protest could be face fines of $1,000,000 or more!

Bill text:
https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB01993I.htm

More info here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Rh_UiirQO3Ajh5v_gaSArMfXjH_Yr3JKqhB0tXh40Ss/mobilebasic#id.lpqhkf8dv1uxa

 

Ask for hearing on HB 1217 (Immigration)

March 25

ACTION

Contact House State Affairs Committee Chair Phelan or your Representative on the Committee to ask for hearings on HB1217, which would strengthen communities by supporting local law authorities to best address the needs of their local community.

Suggested text {when calling…}:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district} (or, I am a constituent who lives in {town} if you live in HD 21, Phelan’s HD). I am calling to ask Representative ___ to hold a hearing in the State Affairs Committee on HB 1217. This bill would strengthen communities by supporting local law authorities to best address the needs of their local community.

Texas House, State Affairs Committee:
Dade Phelan (Dist 21), Chair, (512) 463-0706/(409) 745-2777
Ana Hernandez (Dist 143, Vice Chair, (512) 463-0614/(713) 675-8596
Joe Deshotel (Dist 41), (512) 463-0662/(409) 982-6266
R. D. “Bobby” Guerra (Dist 41), (512) 463-0578/(956) 292-0407
Sam Harless (Dist 126), (512) 463-0496
Justin Holland (Dist 33), (512) 463-0484
Todd Hunter (Dist 21), (512) 463-0672/(361) 949-4603
Phil King (Dist 61), (512) 463-0738/(512) 463-0738
Tan Parker (Dist 63), (512) 463-0688/(972) 724-8477
Richard Peña Raymond (Dist 42), (512) 463-0558/(956) 753-7722
Eddie Rodriguez (Dist 51), (512) 463-0674/(512) 463-0674
John T. Smithee (Dist 86), (512) 463-0702/(806) 372-3327
Drew Springer (Dist 68), (512) 463-0526/(940) 580-1770

BACKGROUND

Bill details

https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/1045607
https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB1217

Note: Companion bill is HB 1217

Media Coverage

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/us/texas-sanctuary-sb4-immigration.html
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/texas-sb4-immigration-enforcement/529194/
https://www.statesman.com/news/20170418/texas-sheriffs-sb4-burdens-law-enforcement-local-taxpayers

Ask for hearing on SB 166 (Immigration)

March 25

ACTION

Contact Senate State Affairs Committee Chair Huffman or your Senator on the Committee to ask for hearings on SB 166.

Suggested text {when calling…}:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district} (or, I am a constituent who lives in {town} if you live in SD 17, Huffman’s SD). I am {writing/calling} to ask you to support a hearing on SB 166, which would strengthen communities by supporting local, appropriate help that suits the needs of the local community.

Texas Senate, State Affairs Committee:
Joan Huffman (R Dist 17), Chair, 512.463.0117
Bryan Hughes (R Dist 1), Vice Chair, 512.463.0101
Brian Birdwell (R Dist 22), 512.463.0122
Brandon Creighton (R Dist 4), 512.463.0104
Pat Fallon (R Dist 20), 512.463.0130
Bob Hall (R Dist 2), 512.463.0102
Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D Dist 27), 512.463.0127
Jane Nelson (R Dist 12), 512.463.0112
Judith Zaffirini (D Dist 21), 512.463.0121

BACKGROUND

Bill Details

https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/993803
https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/text.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB166

Note: Companion bill is HB 1217

Media Coverage

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/us/texas-sanctuary-sb4-immigration.html
https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/texas-sb4-immigration-enforcement/529194/
https://www.statesman.com/news/20170418/texas-sheriffs-sb4-burdens-law-enforcement-local-taxpayers

Support Hearings on SB 167 and SB 168 (Immigration)

March 18

ACTION

Contact Senate State Affairs Committee or your Senator on the Committee to ask for hearings on SB 167 and SB 168, regarding immigration.

Suggested text {when calling…}:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district}. I am {writing/calling} to ask you to support having a hearing on SB 167 and SB 168. These bills would keep communities safe because they support the local agencies who best understand and can protect their communities.

Texas Senate, State Affairs Committee:
Joan Huffman (R Dist 17), Chair, 512.463.0117
Bryan Hughes (R Dist 1), Vice Chair, 512.463.0101
Brian Birdwell (R Dist 22), 512.463.0122
Brandon Creighton (R Dist 4), 512.463.0104
Pat Fallon (R Dist 20), 512.463.0130
Bob Hall (R Dist 2), 512.463.0102
Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D Dist 27), 512.463.0127
Jane Nelson (R Dist 12), 512.463.0112
Judith Zaffirini (D Dist 21), 512.463.0121

BACKGROUND

Bill details

SB 167
https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/993875
https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00167I.htm

SB 168
https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/993974
https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00168I.htm

Additional info/articles

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/15/us/texas-sanctuary-sb4-immigration.html
https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/06/texas-sb4-immigration-enforcement/529194/

Oppose SB 9 (Voting)

Monday, March 18

ACTION

Call your state senator, committee chair, and committee vice-chair to express your opposition to SB 9, which would impose substantial new barriers to voting by those who need assistance, further criminalize innocent mistakes by voters, and loosen safeguards on voter privacy in order to make future voter purges easier. This bill is on the Lieutenant Governor’s list of priority bills.

This bill is scheduled for a hearing on March 18, 9:00 AM, Senate Chamber. If you have time to go to the Capitol to sign in against SB 9, please do!

Suggested script when calling your senator:

(Find your state senator and their phone number: https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home)

My name is {name} and I am a constituent who lives in {town/district}. I am asking you to oppose SB 9, a bill “Relating to election integrity; increasing criminal penalties; creating a criminal offense; creating civil penalties.” This bill would impose substantial new barriers to voting by those who need assistance, further criminalize innocent mistakes by voters, and loosen safeguards on voter privacy in order to make future voter purges easier.

Suggested script when calling the Chair/Vice Chair:

Senator Joan Huffman, Chair State Affairs, (512) 463-0117
Senator Bryan Hughes, Vice Chair State Affairs (and bill author), (512) 463-0101

My name is {name} and I live in {town/district}. I am calling you as the Chair/Vice Chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee.
I am asking you to oppose SB 9, a bill “Relating to election integrity; increasing criminal penalties; creating a criminal offense; creating civil penalties.” This bill would impose substantial new barriers to voting by those who need assistance, further criminalize innocent mistakes by voters, and loosen safeguards on voter privacy in order to make future voter purges easier.

BACKGROUND

Bill details

https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=SB9

Additional Info

https://my.lwv.org/texas/action-alert/dont-scare-away-voters-oppose-sb-9 (edited)

Support a hearing on HB 2266 (policing/immigration)

March 18, 2019

ACTION

Contact Rep. Dade Phelan  (512) 463-0706 to ask for a hearing on HB 2266.

Suggested script or text:

My name is {name} and I am a Texan who lives in {town/district}. (Or, “I am a constituent who lives in {town}” if you live in HD-21). I am calling {writing} to ask Representative Phelan to hold a hearing in the State Affaris Committee on HB 2266. HB 2266 would repeal certain provisions of SB 4, a law that erodes local control and damages trust between local law enforcement and the communities they serve. It is causing crimes to go unreported because victims and witnesses fear attracting attention from ICE. Let’s pass HB 2266 and let local law enforcement focus on enforcing local law.

BACKGROUND

Bill details

https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB2266
https://billtrack50.com/BillDetail/1079657

Media coverage:

https://www.texastribune.org/2018/03/14/texas-sanctuary-cities-law-opponents-say-theyre-down-not-/
https://www.npr.org/2017/05/25/529513771/new-immigration-crackdowns-creating-chilling-effect-on-crime-reporting