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