Support SB 421 (Eminent Domain reform)

March 6, 2019

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My name is ____. I would like Senator ___ to vote in favor of SB 421 in the Committee on State of Affairs.  Private property rights are very important for Texans.  SB 421 would bring the eminent domain powers of private for-profit companies in line with the eminent domain powers of the government and general utilities (like electric power lines).  And it would safeguard the rights of Texans and prevent the abuse of eminent domain powers by ensuring adequate compensation for condemned property and make the process more transparent by requiring public hearings.

Texas Senate Committee on State of Affairs:
Joan Huffman 512.463.0117
Bryan Hughes 512.463.0101
Brian Birdwell 512.463.0122
Brandon Creighton 512.463.0104
Pat Fallon 512.463.0130
Bob Hall 512.463.0102
Eddie Lucio, Jr. 512.463.0127
Jane Nelson 512.463.0112
Judith Zaffirini 512.463.0121

HB 565 Medicaid Expansion Bill Hearing

Tuesday, March 5, 8 a.m.


On Tuesday morning, Rep. Coleman’s Medicaid expansion bill HB 565 will get a hearing! This bill will both expand Medicaid and codify protections of the ACA in state law, including coverage of pre-existing conditions.

If you’ve ever thought, “hey, I want to testify on a health care bill at the #txlege,” this is your chance!

Here’s the hearing notice
And the bill text

Cover Texas Now has all the resources you could ever want on Medicaid expansion here. You can also use the bullet points above to help shape your testimony.

Texas Medicaid Expansion Hearing

Monday, March 4, 10 a.m.

Let the People Vote! Texas Rally for Medicaid Expansion – South Steps of the Capitol

Want to volunteer on Monday? Sign up here >>>

Want to help make posters on Sunday afternoon? Info here >>>

On Monday we’ll deliver a message that Texans are DONE waiting on state leaders who have refused for SIX YEARS to expand Medicaid.

It’s time for state leaders to get out of the way and give Texans the chance to vote on expanding Medicaid.

Why is this important?

  • Texas has the highest number and rate of uninsured people of any state in the country
  • Nearly 11% of Texas children are uninsured
  • We’re one of only 14 states that hasn’t accepted Medicaid expansion
  • Medicaid expansion could help 1 million uninsured Texans get health coverage
  • Two-thirds of Texans want the state to expand Medicaid

Another hearing of interest is House Elections at 9 a.m.