Happy New Year!
It’s time to effect some policy decisions…
In 2012, we spent most of our time and energy working on elections. TAG supported great candidates like Dr. Laura Pressley, Clay Dafoe, Michael Cargill, and Shaun Ireland as well as the successful effort to bring Single Member Districts to Austin! We made great strides and learned a LOT. Now it’s time to focus on statewide policy making. The 2013 Legislative Session starts on January 8th!
Our elected Representatives and Senators have already introduced HUNDREDS of bills for consideration. Surprisingly, there are a number of GOOD BILLS:
House Bill (HB) 80: relating to official oppression; creating offenses. – Rep. Simpson
* Disallows federal agents to use the color of law to violate the rights of Texas travelers. TSA NULLIFICATION!
House Bill (HB) 78: Relating to the exemption from the sales and use tax for certain coins and precious metals. – Representative Simpson
* Removes taxes from your gold/silver purchases.
HB 149: Relating to the Texas Liberty Preservation Act; providing penalties. – Rep. Larson
* Repeals the offensive provisions of NDAA — NULLIFICATION!
Senate Bill (SB) 113: Relating to the repeal of the franchise tax – Senator Estes
*”Repeal…tax”, enough said.
HB 130: Relating to honesty in state taxation. – Rep. Raymond
* “Conservatives” get away with increasing taxes via fees, assessments, fines, etc. This bill will require that they call it what it is…TAXATION!
HB 183: Relating to the prosecution of and punishment for the offense of official oppression. – Rep. Dutton
* If it is determined that a police officer uses excessive force, he can be convicted of official oppression. POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY!
HB 185: Relating to liability of a governmental unit for personal injury and death caused by the governmental unit’s negligence. – Rep. Dutton
SB 63: Relating to consent to the immunization of certain children. – Sen. Nelson
* Allows some children to consent to immunization without their parents knowledge.
HB 101: Relating to the use of radio frequency identification technology to transmit information regarding public school students. – Rep. Kolkhorst
* Requires a school district to allow students to opt-out of an RFID program without negative consequences.
HB 102: Relating to the use of radio frequency identification technology to transmit information regarding public school students. – Rep. Kolkhorst
* Forbids Texas schools from using RFID to track students!
HB 184: Relating to the penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marihuana or a synthetic cannabinoid. – Rep. Dutton
* Marijuana decriminalization. This is a first step to abolishing the failed “War on Drugs”.
Of course there are (and will be more) BAD BILLS:
SB 64: Relating to a policy on vaccine-preventable diseases for licensed child-care facilities. – Sen. Nelson
* Forces those caring for children to be vaccinated. I bet you can guess who’s behind this one!
HB 22: Relating to the establishment of a public service requirement for undergraduate students, known as Service to Texas, at public institutions of higher education. – Rep. Martinez Fischer
* Forces students into government service.
- Find your Legislators here: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/
- Introduce yourself and thank them for their service. This will serve as a reminder of who they work for.
- Encourage him/her to sign on to HB 80 (TSA Nullification) and any other bills of importance to you. AND Support SIMPSON FOR SPEAKER!
- Remember to be polite. Also, be aware that you will likely be speaking with a staff member.This is OK.
3) JOIN US on January 8th at the Texas Capitol. TAG will be there from noon-9pm helping grassroots activists find their legislators’ offices and learn their way around the Capitol. From 7-9pm, we’ll be reviewing the basics of the legislative process and how to read bills. Bring your laptop, if possible.
4) Please Donate! TAG is an entirely volunteer organization focused on Texas issues. This means that every donation made goes MUCH FURTHER than other, nationwide Liberty groups. If you are able, please become a sustaining member with a monthly contribution of $10/month (or more!).
Thank you for your support and for doing your part to create the free and prosperous society we all deserve!