Summary of Several Major Concerns with Mental Health Legislation Push in Texas

We started the 86th Texas Legislative Session to work on our usual issues – religious liberty, free speech, parental rights, education, life, national security, human trafficking, and foster care reform.

By February we knew our entire legislative session would be side-tracked by an issue that impacts most of the above mental health.

Here’s why you should be concerned:

Bills like SB10 and SB11 started coming to the forefront, promising school safety, yet threatening family security. By March, dozens and dozens of mental health bills had been filed. We began finding familiar words from our work on foster care, education and the sex-Ed issue. Words like “social-emotional learning”, “adverse childhood experiences”, “healthy relationships”, “trauma-informed care” – all controversial and without consensus even among professionals.
(https://thenationalpulse.com/commentary/new-study-shows-dangers-ineffectiveness-socialemotional-learning/, http://sbtexas.com/am-site/media/sel-presentation.pdf, https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/stress-relief/201709/trauma-informed-approaches-the-goodand-the-bad)

Why are these words in mental health bills and now programs being mandated for K-12?

We understand some people have serious mental health problems. While improvements in mental health must always be considered, we believe existing laws and programs are sufficient to support those.

What are we doing creating an expansive government bureaucracy?


THE TOP 5 – MAY 20, 2019

1.   Campus Free Speech bill still alive and being tweaked

It is so important that we protect free speech on campus. Please call today on SB18.

“Leaders of several groups — including the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Environment Texas, the Texas Eagle Forum and the Texas Press Association — signed a joint letter to members of the House urging that various provisions be incorporated into SB18, including the prohibition on withdrawing invitations to speakers who have already been invited and a requirement to suspend second offenders or explain why they weren’t suspended.”

Read more here and call your legislators to support this important bill. 

2. Let’s support Rep. Mayes Middleton is keeping cities and counties from hiring lobbyists with taxpayer money. 

Call your House reps. and tell them to support SB29 in the Texas House to bar cities and counties from hiring lobbyists and this bill would also increase reporting requirements. This is so important for our state. 

3. Keep calling on the Chick-fil-A bill. The fight is not over yet. 

Call your State Representative and tell them to vote YES on the SB 1978 Chick-Fil-A bill to protect the religious liberties of all business owners to be able to give to ministries, churches, and non-profits without fear of retaliation from local governments on their businesses. 
 
4. Be Educated: Austin Sex Education

Austin is getting a new sex education curriculum that is concerning for TX families.  Austin ISD plans to use with all middle schoolers a Planned Parenthood program from Massachusetts entitled “Get Real: Comprehensive Sex Education That Works.” 
“Parents soon will get their first glimpses at drafts of the Austin school district’s revised sex education lessons, which for the first time will introduce topics such as sexual orientation, gender identity and sexually transmitted diseases in elementary school.”

Read the full article here.

5. 10 Day Rule Legislation Died in the House this morning, but please keep this family in your prayers. 

We have all watched the agonizing journey of Carolyn Jones as we have fought for the 10-day rule to protect human life after a hospital decides they will no longer treat a patient. Senator Bryan Hughes’ legislation passed the Senate but just died in the House today. 

Texas Right to Life helped transfer Carolyn Jones out of Memorial Hermann to a new facility after the hospital refused to issue dialysis. Read about it here. Please continue to pray for this precious family and we will start creating a movement to battle this again. We will not forget. 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

Mental Health Faith & Family Day Handout

We as Texans and parents are deeply concerned about mental health legislation such as HB10, SB10, SB11, SB1893, HB822, HB1536, HB 1069, HB198, HB204. The addition of 150 mental health bills in the 86th Texas Legislature is very concerning, both from a cost and liberty perspective. We know there are people who need help, but this answer must not come at making it prescriptive for everyone, expanding government control and mandates via adding school mental health clinics and services, mental health curriculum, student assessments, a state-wide mental health consortium that establishes a new government bureaucracy, grants and programs to research nebulous behavioral health, expanded authority for CPS and added new burdens for foster parents. These are only some of the many measures seeking to be legislated.

There are many mental health resources currently available in Texas. Existing laws and programs can provide support to those in need. To name a few there is Trauma Informed Care (TIC) training already mandated at DFPS; the Statewide Collaborative on Trauma Informed Care was launched by the Texas Supreme Court to elevate trauma-informed policy in the child welfare system; Trauma-Informed Care Consortium of Central Texas functions to bring together organizations as a networking hub for sharing information as well as trainings for health/mental health professionals, school personnel, law enforcement and juvenile justice professionals; Houston has a similar networking hub called the The Center for School Behavioral Health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston. State law already requires child welfare, juvenile justice, and state hospital systems to train professionals, staff, and caregivers in understanding the effects of trauma. Texas Legislature passed laws in 2017 authorizing trauma-informed care training as part of continuing education for teachers and principals.

1. Here are some fluid terms used on a regular basis throughout these bills and we have hoped to define some of the most prevalent. This is a soft science. There is no professional or medical consensus on the definitions that the Texas Legislature is seeking to define and mandate:

a) Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) –There are differing definitions and no consensus. While trauma is often a root cause of mental illness and dealing with trauma with therapy and other modalities is far preferable to psychiatric drugs, people react to and deal with trauma in a multitude of different ways. Within many Texas bills we are seeing TIC definitions such as “interpersonal or relational trauma, experiences that are a consequence of historical, cultural, systemic, institutional, and multi-generational abuse, the impact that traumatic experiences have on the brain, biology, body, beliefs, and behavior…”

Trauma-Informed Care can be interpreted and adapted to obtain many different agendas. For example:

*Adopting a Trauma-Informed Approach for LGBTQ Youth, A Two-Part Resource for Schools and Agencies- “Adopting a trauma- informed approach agencywide or schoolwide reflects a commitment to change culture…” -https://healthysafechildren.org/sites/default/files/Trauma_Informed_Approach_LGBTQ_Youth_2.pdf

*A Trauma Informed Approach for Adolescent Sexual Health (promotes sex-education and contraception) -http://resourcesforresolvingviolence.com/wp-content/uploads/A-Trauma-Informed-Approach-for-Adolescent-Sexual-Health.pdf

Will it be considered trauma if a child and parent differ in their beliefs? Round RockISD “Community Health & Well Being LGBTQIA”

https://app.peachjar.com/flyers/692293/schools/35170?fbclid=IwAR16btOZiIebv8Yl_wLDEqwUIGK-oFvqfTCw- MAX4HuWvMbGyOSmRji3HSE , https://www.theamericanconservative.com/dreher/my-once-beautiful-daughter/

Dr. Michael Scheeringa writes about his concerns and is one of the few that has not jumped on the bandwagon in the mental health field. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/stress-relief/201709/trauma-informed-approaches-the-good-and-the-bad https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/stress-relief/201803/the-myth-trauma-informed-care

b) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) – The same concepts described for trauma-informed care holds true here as well.

ACES has a 10 point questionnaire used in all screenings and is called “a new understanding of human behavior that could change everything”. It has an ongoing list of what some have determined are childhood adversities. Parental conflict, insults, and others are listed as an ACE and need for intervention. See here- https://www.ncjfcj.org/sites/default/files/Finding%20Your%20ACE%20Score.pdf

c) Social Emotional Learning – (SEL) – self-awareness, self-management, social awareness… These are not based on your worldview as a parent but what is being input to the curriculum as one source states, “ Children are tracked electronically to see how well they are conforming to “social norms”.

SEL experts have a wide diversity of opinion of definitions on SEL. One NPR article had 9 different definitions for SEL. http://thefederalist.com/2016/10/19/schools-ditch-academics-for-emotional-manipulation/

d) Restorative Justice – There are several definitions- some which carry potential abuses of authority. A study by the Rand Corporation showed at best, mixed evidence of effectiveness- “Restorative justice is frequently presented to teachers as “evidence-based” and on the

cutting edge of “social justice” as something that works if they embrace it.” https://www.manhattan-institute.org/html/school-discipline- reform-media

e) Historical, systemic, cultural, multi-generational abuse – This seems to cover any and all perceptions one would have in how their life has been lived and reflection on family history. Systemic – Systemic refers to something that is spread throughout, system-wide, affecting a group or system, such as a body, economy, market or society as a whole.

f) Cultural humility – Basically being able to see your privilege, and your ability to overcome that along with micro-agression, micro- insults,micro-assaults and micro-invalidations.

g) Interpersonal or Relational Trauma from abuse, neglect, maltreatment, or experiences that impact an individual’s brain, biology, behavior, beliefs or body – There are multiple research studies showing that psychiatry still has no actual studies showing a link between a gene or neurotransmitter level and any mental illness, so trying to define and standardize the effects of these various factors in mental illness can be dangerous. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/dilip-v-jeste-md/dsm-5_b_2280155.html), and http://edlibertywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Child-Mental-health-Quotes-and-references1.pdf

2. Some of the Screenings and Assessments of Concern Currently Used:

a) ACE Questionnaire – https://www.ncjfcj.org/sites/default/files/Finding%20Your%20ACE%20Score.pdf

b) Recommended screenings and assessments by the Central Texas Trauma-Informed Care Consortium for children who attend school, pediatric offices, early childhood intervention, in home visits, child welfare system, juvenile justice,

etc. – https://www.traumatexas.com/trauma-screening/

c) TeenScreen admitted by its developer to have an 84% false positive rate. Mental screening is notoriously inaccurate, with several commonly used instruments having approximately 60-84% false positive rates. http://edlibertywatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Rutherford-Report-Final-Redacted.pdf

3. Questions to Ask :

a) Parental Rights and Transparency:

* Will there be a form to opt-in, provides the exact questions that will be asked, states clearly the rights of parents to refuse screenings, assessments,evaluations, recommendations for treatments, programs, or services with no threat of retaliation?

*Will there be data privacy issues and will parents receive access to their child’s FULL file?

* Will this increase CPS referrals (as the AISD Austin police officer testified in the HB10 hearing – 875 children last year alone were referred to CPS from AISD for some sort of mental health problem determined by the school)? The government is supposed to presume parents are fit until the evidence shows otherwise – presumptions can be easily overcome by presenting evidence. Results of trauma screenings and assessments could eventually be entered as evidence and burden of proof that DFPS has to meet is very low.

*Many of the mental health bills refer to early intervention and referrals to mental health services and treatments. What precisely does this mean and what if parents do not agree?

Examples: Aliah Gleason case (2005) – teen was forcibly taken from school and incarcerated in a mental institution & given 12 different meds without parental consent after a mental screening: http://ahrp.org/mental-health-screening-a-form-of-child-abuse-children-drugged- without-parental-consent/.

A Detroit mother fought a five-year legal battle against a state agency that insisted on removing her daughter from the home and administering to her a psychotropic drug that caused serious side effects.https://www.clickondetroit.com/news/charges-dismissed-against- detroit-mother-maryanne-godboldo-due-to-aneurysm.

b) Religious Service Providers/Convictions:

*Will mandated training programs and screenings for schools, pediatricians, child welfare services, judges, lawyers, etc. mean that Christian programs/trauma models/treatments get pushed out and not allowed by state contracts or grants?

It is a concern that Christian organizations, counseling services may be pushed out, be forced or have to compromise their principles to receive government money

c) Subjectivity in Diagnosis\Unpredictable Outcomes:

*What are the outcomes – so what if you can label people as being predisposed to various diseases based on trauma or adverse childhood experiences – then what? Mental-health diagnostic criteria are readily admitted to be subjective and difficult to use in children, all who undergo rapid developmental changes. Under the right circumstances, everyone could be considered “at risk” for mental-health problems. This assessment comes from multiple prominent psychiatric organizations including the World Health Organization, U.S. Surgeon General, and American Psychiatric Association.

*Many school/mass shootings and stabbings have involved psychiatric drugs. More mental- health screening and treatment would not have stopped this. https://thenationalpulse.com/commentary/turning-teachers-psychotherapists-will-not-prevent-school-shootings/

4. Some of the Organizations of Concern Promoting these “Mental Health” Programs Nationwide:http://learningforaction.com/lfa-blogpost/funders-practice-trauma-informed-principles

*Hogg Foundation – https://www.insidephilanthropy.com/home/2017/9/15/hogg-foundation-for-mental-health-grants-teenagers

*Robert Woods Johnson Foundation – progressive in socialized medicine and bemoans the effect of climate change on “health and equity”; https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/research/2018/06/applying-an-equity-lens-to-social-emotional-and-academic- development.html


Analysis of HB19

This bill is the Non-Physician Mental Health Professional language that was also embedded in the original SB11, Committee Sub for HB17, and probably other bills.

It allows Local Mental Health Authorities to hire non-physician MH professionals to work with schools.

  • School Districts don’t have to access these services.
  • The non-physician MH professionals may not treat or advise on treatment of individual children.

Because the main functions of the non-physician mental health professional appear to be related to advancing agendas, and creating awareness, it isn’t clear why we even need this bill. Schools already have mental health activities.

Our position:

  • This sounds like a PR and marketing activity for mental health services.
  • While suicide prevention is desirable, it seems as though this position simply ramps up the status quo.  The status quo is, at the least, ineffective.
  • We’d rather see the money spent doing a detailed investigation of our state’s suicide prevention activities to determine why, after investing millions of dollars and training tens of thousands of school personnel, these programs have not reduced teen suicides. In fact, they are going up.


Analysis of SB11

Analysis of HCSB11

This bill has a number of provisions aimed at school safety. However, it still  erodes privacy, liberty, fails to warn parents or children that school Threat Assessment Teams are watching over, and potentially questioning their non-dangerous children, with no Miranda warning, no notification that questions have been asked.

While state provisions requiring parental consent remain intact, and while there is a provision on parental notification if they think your child is suicidal, this simply isn’t enough protection.

The fact is, Threat Assessment Teams are geared toward considerable questioning and intelligence. We do not know the track record of threat assessment teams at preventing anything.

Absent an immediate and obvious threat, there is no screening, assessment, or interview that can dependably prevent violence. Even the American Psychiatric Association has stated that when it comes to long term predictions of future dangerousness, they get it wrong in at least two out of three cases.

Texas School Safety Center forwards a number of model policies or programs from the Secret Service and from other states. All are intrusive, many envision some very open ended questions that could result in law enforcement or other contact. In at least one model, parents are informed LAST.

Here are links to recommended questions and practices:

https://txssc.txstate.edu/tools/tam-toolkit/implementation

Model from L.A. County Unified School District is particularly problematic. It’s next to the last links on the page linked above.

Section 1: Facilities standards- has to do with construction or retrofitting of buildings.

Section 2: Non-physician mental health professionals- These are to forward unspecified initiatives that are required under state law, required under a memorandum of understanding, or that may be forwarded by the Texas Education Agency or others.

They are employed by Local Mental Health Authorities.

These non-physician mental health facilities may not treat or assess an individual student.

This contrasts with HB18, where such “professionals” may assess or treat an individual student.

HHSC is required to submit an annual report of outcomes of such programs.

Section 4: It appears that Charter Schools are required to have “healthy relationship” training, and are subject to school safety requirements.

Section 9 of the bill allows the School Health Advisory Council to recommend the required number of hours of age appropriate education on a number of things under existing law. Adds suicide.  After sex ed, it adds healthy relationships.

Under the strategies the SHAC may recommend are strategies to increase parental awareness of risky behaviors, mental illness, etc… and also make them aware of community resources.

School board has to approve healthy relationship components based on certain statutory criteria, including evidence based, age appropriate (page 15, beginning on line 22)

Section 11: School Safety Training, by Texas School Safety in conjunction with Governor’s Office of Homeland Security.

Page 19. Line 23 Psychological safety practices during a disaster or the recovery phase  has to align with practices under Texas Health and Safety Code Sec.161.325- these are the suicide prevention best practices already required by the state. Includes suicide prevention, grief informed, trauma informed practices.

Psychological safety practices agreed on by TEA Commissioner and Texas School Safety Center.

Page 25, beginning on line 19: THREAT ASSESSMENT AND SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOL PROGRAM TEAM.

(1)  “Harmful, threatening, or violent behavior” includes behaviors, such as verbal threats, threats of self harm, bullying, cyberbullying, fighting, the use or possession of a weapon, sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence, stalking, or assault, by a student that could result in:

(A)  specific interventions, including mental health or behavioral supports;

(B)  in-school suspension;

(C)  out-of-school suspension; or

(D)  the student’s expulsion or removal to a disciplinary alternative education program or a juvenile justice alternative education program.

Page 26, line 17: (3)  a systemic and coordinated multi-tiered support system that addresses school climate, the social and emotional domain, and behavioral and mental health; and

Page 27, line 12: (d)  The superintendent of the district shall ensure that the members appointed to each team have expertise in counseling, behavior management, mental health and substance use, classroom instruction, special education, school administration, school safety and security, emergency management, and law enforcement.  A team may serve more than one campus of a school district, provided that each district campus is assigned a team.

The upside of this team is that it includes people with special education and school administration. This could actually be a good thing because they are more likely to have the training and experience to ensure parental rights are respected and parental and civil rights protections of special ed law are followed. Another advantage is that in the event of litigation, no one can say they were ignorant of these rights.

Page 28, beginning on line 1:

(f)  Each team shall:

(1)  conduct a threat assessment that includes:

(A)  assessing and reporting individuals who make threats of violence or exhibit harmful, threatening, or violent behavior in accordance with the policies and procedures adopted under Subsection (c); and

(B)  gathering and analyzing data to determine the level of risk and appropriate intervention, including:

(i)  referring a student for mental health assessment; and

(ii)  implementing an escalation procedure, if appropriate based on the team’s assessment, in accordance with district policy;

Concern with this section is that parental consent is not specifically delineated. Also, escalation is not defined. Am concerned that escalation procedure could include CPS or other referral.

Page 28, beginning on line 23:

(g)  On a determination that a student or other individual poses a serious risk of violence to self or others, a team shall immediately report the team’s determination to the superintendent.  If the individual is a student, the superintendent shall immediately attempt to inform the parent or person standing in parental relation to the student.  The requirements of this subsection do not prevent an employee of the school from acting immediately to prevent an imminent threat or respond to an emergency.

This section provides at least some protection because it shunts the process over to existing statute for suicide prevention, which provides for parental consent.

ChildFind portions of special ed law also protect parental consent prior to assessments.

This language is in both bills in some form.

Page 36, beginning on line 43-  school safety allotment must pay for:

(3)  school safety and security training and planning, including:

(A)  active shooter and emergency response training;

(B)  prevention and treatment programs relating to addressing adverse childhood experiences; and

(C)  the prevention, identification, and management of emergencies and threats, including:

(i)  providing mental health personnel and support;

(ii)  providing behavioral health services; and

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Analysis of HB18: A Framework for Expanded School Mental Health

While this bill is characterized as just being a “framework” for school mental health, it actually makes fundamental changes in the focus of our schools.

1. This bill broadens the definition of mental illness, by calling it a “mental condition.” A mental condition is defined like this: (A) constitutes a mental illness, disease, or disorder, other than or in addition to epilepsy, substance abuse, or an intellectual disability; or (B) impairs a person ’s social, emotional, or educational functioning and increases the risk of developing a condition described by Paragraph (A).

We already have a problem “definition creep” in mental health. Each new edition of psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (it’s catalogue of disorders) expands the list of disorders that psychiatrists can diagnose and bill for:

This sort of definition creep has no doubt contributed to overdiagnosis and over drugging of our society at large. Psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual lists “disorders.” (These are literally voted into existence, and there is considerable drug company influences on the panels that vote these disorders into existence) The DSM was first published in 1952 and had 128 diagnoses. The 5th edition of the DSM was published in 2013 and had 541 diagnoses.

This sort of definitional creep leads to things like: Reading disorder, math disorder, disorder of written expression, gaming disorder. While one would hope that these everyday problems would be managed academically or with parental discipline.  https://psychcentral.com/disorders/

“Unlike our definitions of ischemic heart disease, lymphoma, or AIDS, the DSM diagnoses are based on a consensus about clusters of clinical symptoms, not any objective laboratory measure.”– Thomas Insel, Former Director– National Institute of Mental Health

– Thomas Insel, Former Director– National Institute of Mental Health

2. Positive behavior supports and interventions, grief and trauma-informed practices are among the practices that must be added to District Improvement Plans. These plans serve as guidance to districts for improving student performance. Implementation of Comprehensive School Counseling plan also incorporated. (page 2, line 33)

3. Continuing education for school principals must include evidence or researched based practices approved by the Commissioner of Education in consultation with the Health and Human Services Commission, on such things as how to effectively implement the Comprehensive School Counseling Program, mental health programs addressing a mental health condition. (page 4, line 10)

4. Continuing education for School Counselors must include: counseling students concerning mental health conditions and substance abuse, including through the use of grief-informed and trauma informed interventions and crisis management and suicide prevention strategies, and effective implementation of a comprehensive school counseling program. (page 4, beginning on line 57)

5. Staff development- includes recognizing students with mental health conditions, or at risk for suicide, how grief and trauma affect student learning and behavior and how evidence-based, grief-informed, and trauma-informed strategies support the academic success of students affected by grief and trauma (page 5, beginning on line 11)

6. Mental Health Education: (Page 6, beginning on line 54) (ii) mental health, including instruction about mental health conditions, substance abuse, skills to manage emotions, establishing and maintaining positive relationships, and responsible decision-making; science, risk factors, causes, dangers, consequences, signs, symptoms, and treatment substance abuse, including the use of illegal drugs, abuse of prescription drugs, abuse of alcohol such as by binge drinking or other excessive drinking resulting in [and] alcohol poisoning, inhaling solvents, and other forms of substance abuse. The agency shall compile a list of evidence-based substance abuse. (nobody knows causes, and the science isn’t settled)

7. Page 6, line 58- Local SHAC’s decide number of hours of MH and other health education K-12, as well as integrating the curriculum with health and mental health services provided at the campus, including by a private provider (page 7, line 24).

8. (8, beginning on line 55) Mandates the planning, establishment, and evaluation of a Comprehensive School Counseling Program.

9. Gives the school district the authority to contract with a non-physician mental health professional. This includes a masters level psych nurse. Can these prescribe? (page 9, beginning on line 10) Unlike other bills, this professional is not prohibited from treating individual children.

10. (Page 9, line 66)- expands who in the school can recommend a student be seen for a psych eval. It expands it to non-physician MH professionals hired by or under contract to the school. Nothing in this bill prevents the non-physician MH professional from also working for a psych hospital or other program that could benefit from such referrals. This makes clear that the district personnel can refer to the non-physician MH professional for evaluation.

11. (page 10, line 23, 24) Clarifies that MH and substance abuse services can be delivered by a school-based health center.

12. (Page 10, beginning on line 34) Changes consent requirements for school MH services. When original law was passed, it was amended to make it where a parent had to consent to each episode of MH services. Under this bill, the parent could consent to a series of treatments.

13. (page 10, beginning on line 64) Allows TEA and HHSC to come up with “guidelines” on how schools can partner with local mental health authorities or even private providers to increase student access to mental health services and how to make it billable under Medicaid.

14. (Page 34, beginning on line 6) HHSC MUST PROMOTE MH FIRST AID

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THE TOP 5 – MAY 6, 2019

1.   Call TODAY on SB11 – “School Safety” bill to be heard in the House Public Education Committee

They will hear this bill tomorrow on Tuesday, May 7th and it Has Morphed into what we believe is a highly dangerous bill. 

 Here are some highlights: 

·         School “multi-hazard” safety plans must include provisions for looking after the “psychological safety” of a child in the response and recovery phases of an emergency.

(page 13, beginning on line 19). What is psychological safety? 

·         A systemic and coordinated multitiered support system that addresses school climate, the social and emotional domain, and behavioral and mental health.(page 20, beginning on line 17) 

·         Each threat assessment team shall: (1) conduct a threat assessment that includes:

(A)   assessing and reporting individuals who make threats of violence or exhibit harmful, threatening, or violent behavior in accordance with the policies and procedures adopted under Subsection (c); and

(Think about the 7-year-old chewing his pop tart into the shape of a gun)

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/examiner-recommends-school-board-uphold-pop-tart-suspension/

(B)   gathering and analyzing data to determine the level of risk and appropriate intervention, including:

(i)                 referring a student for mental health assessment; and

(ii)                implementing an escalation procedure, if appropriate based on the team’s assessment, in accordance with district policy;

(page 22, beginning on line 1) 

·         (g) On a determination that a student or other individual poses a serious risk of violence to self or others, a team shall immediately report the team’s determination to the superintendent. If the individual is a student, the superintendent shall immediately attempt to inform the parent or person standing in parental relation to the student.      (page 22, beginning on line 19) 

It is deeply disturbing that a threat assessment team, including multiple disciplines, and possibly including multiple agencies appears to be able to assess your child, refer for mental health assessment, and only later does the bill mention parental notification.

Yes, existing statute makes clear that schools have to have parental consent before doing mental health screenings. But what about assessments? Can we have faith that “assessment” will be treated like “screening?” Will it be informed consent? 

How valid is consent when you are up against a Threat Assessment Team? 

Why should we trust this bill when so many of the documents on the School Safety Center Website are long on questions and in some cases the parents are the last to know?

This bill has morphed from being a decent bill that happened to have some dangerous language into being one of the worst bills of the session. We strongly encourage you to immediately call all House Public Education Committee offices. And plan to show up in force on Tuesday. 

We know we’re asking a lot. We know you’ve already done a lot.  But this we have to do. 

Here’s where it starts. Call these offices and ask them to vote NO on SB11: 

Dan Huberty, Chair512-463-0520Rep. Ken King(512) 463-0736
Diego Bernal, Vice512-463-0532Rep. Morgan Meyer(512) 463-0367
Rep. Alma Allen(512) 463-0744Rep. Scott Sanford(512) 463-0356
Rep. Steve Allison(512) 463-0686Rep. James Talarico(512) 463-0670
Rep. Trent Ashby(512) 463-0508Rep. Gary VanDeaver(512) 463-0692
Rep. Keith Bell(512) 463-0458  
Rep. Harold Dutton Jr.(512) 463-0510  
Rep. Mary Gonzales(512) 463-0613  

      Call Governor Abbott’s Public Opinion Line: (512) 463-1782 

If you thought it was important to show up to try to testify against SB10, read the full text of the engrossed version of SB11 here:

https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/pdf/SB00011E.pdf#navpanes=

2. Call your Senators again on School Finance HB3 TODAY. 
It was rushed out of committee and the sales tax swap is just wrong. Texas should NOT be raising taxes. 

Only Senator Bettencourt, Senator Hall and Senator Paxton questioned this bill as it was being rushed through committee. This plan is wrong when we have a $9 billion dollar surplus. We are just spending, spending, spending this legislative session with no regard to the long term effects for our state. Americans for Tax Reform, the Heritage Foundation, and Texas Public Policy Foundation have been writing about Governor Abbott’s spending spree. Read this full email from Grassroots We the People on this bill here.  Please call your State Senator today and tell them to vote NO on HB3. 

3. We need FREE speech on college campuses. PERIOD!

Please call your legislators now on HB 2100 to protect free speech on college campuses. The conservatives are now the ones that they are attempting to shut down, ban, and silence. This can NOT be in our nation. The big deciders on this bill will be Texas Governor Greg Abbott and Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. They have all endorsed a weak Senate bill when it passed. But that was before the great and much stronger House bill passed.

We need to make a tremendous difference at this critical moment by reaching out to let Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick know that the House bill, HB 2100 is the better bill.

There is some real momentum behind the stronger House bill. Just as it was being debated, a leftist set off a smoke bomb to disrupt a pro-life talk at the University of Texas, Austin. The bomb caused a fire alarm and the whole building had to be evacuated. There is outrage over this, and that has helped to build support for the stronger House bill.

Here is an article concerning  HB 2100 and about the smoke bomb disruption of the pro-life talk:

https://www.nationalreview.com/corner/smoke-bomb-disrupts-university-of-texas-austin-a-strong-speech-bill-is-passed/ 

4. Protect Vulnerable Texas patients by ending the 10-day rule

From our friends at Texas Right to Life – Take action now for LIFE!  Now is our chance to END the horrible 10-Day Rule!  The Texas Senate is slated to vote soon on a bill that would repeal the anti-Life 10-day countdown forced on vulnerable hospital patients.

But the powerful medical lobby is working overtime to deceive your senators and kill this life-saving bill.  They disguise this form of involuntary euthanasia as “ending patient suffering.” 

Friend, please contact your state senator and tell him or her to stand with you and repeal the anti-Life 10-Day Rule.  No family should watch their loved ones hastened to their deaths against their will. 

5. Pray for Israel as they battle back against the recent rocket attacks from Gaza. 

Over 600 rockets have been shot, several people injured, and four people dead. Our ally in the Middle East has a strong ally in America, but continue to pray for peace in the Middle East and continue to let the White House know that we stand with Israel. 

Read the article here from Fox News. We are in the final stretch of the legislative session, but now the time to be the most vigilante. Thanks for calling and making a difference for our state. 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

The Torch – May 2019

“Unplanned” Reminds Us… Mothers Are the First Line of Defense in the Fight for Life. The longer I live, the more I realize that it is often the most unplanned of things that can be the most amazing of things. The recent movie Unplanned is the perfect example of this, a phenomenon sweeping the nation that is nothing short of a miracle.

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May 2019 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

The year seems to be flying by, and the 86th Legislative Session is no exception to that fast pace. Many of us like to think Texas is a conservative leader in the Nation, but so far this session, we have not seen proof of that.

From the onset, this session has been different than the rest and, at the time of this writing, we are in a wait-and-see mode on the property tax-reform front. Instead of being fiscally conservative, Texas legislators are going on a spending spree and enlarging the size of government. And if that were not enough, they are encroaching into our everyday lives through numerous pieces of mental health legislation, including the creation of a consortium, a task force, a mental health institute, and mental health services and education at school-based health clinics. More on the mental health issue in our Summer scorecard issue

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The Top 5 – April 29, 2019

First of all, please continue to pray for the family and friends of our Dallas GOP chairwoman, Missy Shorey, who passed away suddenly last Thursday. She will be greatly missed by all. She was an example of a woman who wasn’t afraid to take risks, speak on the issues of the day, and promote our values. Let’s all continue to be bold during this very important season in our nation. 

1.   Stand up with us against Anti-Semitism 

We were all shocked as another Jewish synagogue, this time in California, was attacked this Saturday on the last day of Passover. Please pray for the victims of this attack and their families. You can read about the attack here

Bunni Pounds, our TEF consultant, was on Point of View radio just two days before the attack to talk about the rise of anti-Semitism in our nation and how now more than ever Christians need to be on guard and stand up for Israel with our Jewish brothers and sisters. You can watch/listen to her interview here (it is the first 30 minutes of the program with Kerby Anderson). 

If you want to learn about how to engage in Pro-Israel politics, let me know and I will connect you. 

2. Call again on Senate Bill 11 – Intrusive Threat Assessment teamsWE NEED PEOPLE TO CALL AGAIN!  This was put back on the Intent Calendar and if we can get enough calls in, we might be able to get it pulled from the intent calendar. 

Senate Bill 11 which mixes needed school safety provisions with non-physician mental health professionals and intrusive Threat Assessment Teams that ask highly personal and incriminating questions has to be stopped. 

Here are the main problems with the current version of SB11: 

·        Puts new mandates on local school districts.

·        Puts non-physician mental health professionals in our schools to create “awareness” of mental illness and push agendas. Allows Texas Education Agency to name its own initiatives.

·        Mandates school Threat Assessment Teams. Threat Assessment Teams are charged with identifying children at risk, asking touchy-feely questions.

·        According to the Texas School Safety Center, many of the solutions to children who may become dangerous involve mental health services.

·        Mental health services did not stop Devin Patrick Kelley (Sutherland Springs), Kendrex White (UT stabbing), James Holmes (Aurora, Co.), Eric Harris (Columbine).

·        Protects the “psychological safety” of kids but doesn’t define it.

·        Threat Assessment Teams address a number of mental health components. 

3. Call your legislators to protect children & support HB 3135Call your legislators to support HB 3135 by Rep. Cain  – Presently exemptions exist in the Texas Penal Code for “educational” purposes.  This allows children to be exposed to porno/obscenity and allows soliciting a child into sexual conduct (Sections 43.24 and 43.25).  HB 3135 gets rid of the exemptions in the Texas Penal Code for “educational” purposes.  A hearing on HB 3135 was held last week, and the bill was left pending in the House committee. If it doesn’t pass out of committee next week, HB 3135 will die.  If a neighbor showed your child pornography or solicited your child into sexual performance, you’d call the police. If it is done for “educational” or other purposes, an affirmative defense to prosecution can be claimed under the present wording in the Texas Penal Code! This means that a person could harm a child and get away with it. This is outrageous! Your voice is needed now! ACTION: Please Act Now to Protect Children.. TO READ HB 3135:  https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB3135

4. We Want a Say on our Property Tax Burden Poll: 66% of Texans Want Much Bigger Say on Property Tax Burden – Read about this poll here.

Let’s keep calling our House members and telling them we want meaningful property tax reform – period. Don’t give up! 
5. Sri Lanka Christian Attacks – Get Updated. 
“Multiple bombs were detonated last Sunday — Easter Sunday — in the island nation of Sri Lanka. Christian churches and international hotels were targeted, and more than 250 people were killed.

Also in recent days, the Islamist president of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, was pushed out of power and then locked in prison after 30 years of dictatorial rule.”  Listen to this special episode of VOM radio. 

We will have a few more special announcements today and in the days to come, so be on the look out. 

Keep praying and moving, 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

SB11 Headed for the Senate Floor

Senate Bill 11, which mixes needed school safety provisions with non-physician mental health professionals and intrusive Threat Assessment Teams that ask highly personal and incriminating questions, is headed for the Senate floor, likely this week. Although the bill isn’t currently on the Intent Calendar we see on the internet, the bill could hit the floor as early as tomorrow. 

SB11, as you remember, came out of the blue, was filed one day, and then the very next day it was heard in committee. This meant that hardly anybody had time to study the bill. 

Thanks to your noise and a few brave testifiers who raised concerns, the bill, which should have moved quickly through the Senate, has been held up since the committee hearing March 5th. We were asked at that time to speak with the committee staff and see if we could get the bill amended to address our concerns. After repeated attempts to visit, or get a return phone call or e-mail from committee staff, we give up. 

Here are the main problems with the current version of SB11: 

·        Puts new mandates on local school districts.

·        Puts non-physician mental health professionals in our schools to create “awareness” of mental illness and push agendas. Allows Texas Education Agency to name its own initiatives.

·        Mandates school Threat Assessment Teams. Threat Assessment Teams are charged with identifying children at risk, asking touchy-feely questions.

·        According to Texas School Safety Center, many of the solutions to children who may become dangerous involve mental health services.

·        Mental health services did not stop Devin Patrick Kelley (Sutherland Springs), Kendrex White (UT stabbing), James Holmes (Aurora, Co.), Eric Harris (Columbine).

·        Protects the “psychological safety” of kids, but doesn’t define it.

·        Threat Assessment Teams address a number of mental health components. 

At the end of the day, the perception of potential violence, like the perception of mental illness, is subjective. It’s in the eyes of the beholder. Remember the 7 year-old suspended from his Maryland elementary school for chewing his Pop Tart in the shape of a pistol?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/education/resolution-years-later-in-boys-suspension-over-pastry-gun/2016/10/25/6bc337de-96f5-11e6-bc79-af1cd3d2984b_story.html

This bill needs lots of noise and lots of pressure. 

We urge you to call your Senator and ask him or her to vote NO on SB11! You can find your Senator by going to https://fyi.capitol.texas.gov/.

Again – this is a good time to make noise!


The Top 5 – April 22, 2019

1.   DFW Friends – Let’s stand up for the unborn and the Born Alive Act. Join Pro-life Friends at Rep. Colin Allred’s Townhall

Join us at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. All the information is here on their FB event or email rebekah.warwick@heritageaction.com.

2. Bill to Protect Children from Pornography URGENT ALERT – ACTION needed ASAP to protect children from pornography! HB 3730 needs a hearing quickly or it will die. This bill requires vendors that provide online library resources to schools to filter obscenity and pornography.  Texas contracts for online library resources through TexQuest. EBSCO is a vendor that has egregious content. Students can access EBSCO at home or at school. Once into the EBSCO online portal, school and home filters do not work. EBSCO is available to K-12 students in 66% of public and charter schools — 94% of students have access to it. One large district remove EBSCO after one parent made them aware of it. One person speaking up matters! Texas parents have found pornography through EBSCO, even hardcore pornography! Parents in Colorado have sued EBSCO for exposing their children to pornography. ACTION: ASAP! Please call or email Committee Chairman John Cyrier (House Committee on Culture, Recreation & Tourism) Ask him to give HB 3730 a hearing before it’s too late: john.cyrier@house.texas.gov What to say – Please put in your own words: Dear Chairman Cyrier, I don’t believe that you support K-12 students having access to pornography. That’s why I have a hard time understanding why you haven’t held a hearing for HB 3730. Please give this bill a hearing and vote before it’s too late. Please protect children from pornography. Pray for this bill to get a hearing

3. Let’s close the loophole in Texas for late term abortions for children with health problems with HB 2434 by Rep. Matt Schaefer

Call your legislators and tell them to support State Representative Matt Schaefer’s bill – HB 2434. 

From Destin Sensky at Empower Texans, 

“Now a piece of stand-alone legislation authored by State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R-Tyler), who also brought forward the lightning-rod amendment two years prior, offers an opportunity for lawmakers to put an end to the practice.

Currently, the State of Texas bans most abortions after 20 weeks, but a loophole in the law allows late-term abortions for children diagnosed with one of a few conditions deemed to be incompatible with life outside the womb.

If passed, House Bill 2434 would close that loophole.”

Read more here about this important bill. 

4. Let’s Cut Property Taxes without raising Sales Tax. Call your legislators and tell them we want real property tax reform without an increase in sales taxes. We can do it. Here is one possible solution from TPPF. 

The taxpayer funded lobbyists are still at work. This is a great graphic from Forbes magazine on what is really going on. 

5. We need real free speech on college campuses in Texas 
If HB 3395/SB 18 is passed, Texas will made drastic strides towards restoring the First Amendment on our campuses.

If the proposed legislation fails, Texas students will continue to be deprived of the opportunity to grow intellectually and morally through hearing all sides to an argument.

Please read this white paper from TPPF and then call your legislators in support of this legislation. 
Thank you for remaining diligent. 

Let’s all pray for our brothers and sisters in Sri Lanka this week. I want to end here with the beautiful words by Vice President Mike Pence POTUS and I are monitoring the horrific attacks on those celebrating Easter in Sri Lanka. Our hearts & prayers are with the victims & their families. This atrocity is an attack on Christianity & religious freedom everywhere. No one should ever be in fear in a house of worship.”

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

The Top 5 – April 15, 2019

1.   We need to say “No” on the Mental Health Bills that will be voted on MONDAY on the HOUSE FLOOR. 

Please call your legislators this morning and tell them to vote No to these three bills – HB10, HB18 and HJR 5. 

In spite of the wonderful job you’ve done, HB10- MH research institute, HJR 5- to fund the institute, and HB18- creating a framework for mental health in our schools are going to the House Floor for a vote on Monday. We need you to call your legislator and urge him or her to vote no on HB10, HB18, and HJR5. For all the information download this document here.   We have definite concerns about big government in encroaching in on not just parents’ rights but parent-child relationships. Conservatives shouldn’t want intrusive government period but especially not in the area of mental health!

2. Save Chick-fil Day 4/17 and Religious Freedom Bills#SaveChickfila Day on 4/17. Don’t miss it. Get all the details here athttps://savechickfila.com! Please share. 

Also we want to  support HB 3172 (the First Amendment Defense Act by Matt Krause) and HB 1035 (Free to Believe Act by Zedler). Both of these bills will do a number of things to protect religious freedom, but more specifically, both bills would stop local governments, like San Antonio, from denying contracts because of a religious belief on marriage. Call your legislators in support of both of these bills. 

While you are calling in support of these bills – let them know we oppose HB 244 – because it  criminalizes religious freedom and rights of conscience. 

3. Join us at the Property Tax Rally THIS TUESDAY, April 16th

We have to have meaningful property tax reform and so far in the session that has not happened. We have to communicate to our leaders that this is one of the main reasons why we elected Republicans. See all the information here on the Austin Rally and for those of you in North Texas, here is information about a rally there.

“Property taxes are nothing more than rent to the government, it’s time to stop that skyrocketing rent to the government for our own homes!” Rep. Mayes Middleton

4. More Resources to Prosecute more TraffickersThis last week I was blessed to attend an event that was an incredible blessing. For nearly two decades Sower of Seeds has been working in the worst trafficking hub in the world. They have taught many of us about this issue years ago before anyone even knew trafficking was an issue what was really happening, They brought the wicked ugly truth to our peaceful, safe environment and once we saw what was happening we could not turn away.  

Over the years I am so grateful many others have joined the fight but SOS will always hold a special place in my heart for their tireless work that they are expanding even now around the world. They are answering the call to fight on the front lines an unspeakable evil.  See what they are all about for yourself here
 As I sat in the audience and listened I thought back to last Monday to a bill I signed in on and wrote testimony for, HB3979 Leach and SB1257 Huffman.  These pieces of legislation would provide more resources for prosecuting more of traffickers. It would give concurrent jurisdiction to the OAG to help prosecute those who sell their fellow human beings.  We need to let legislators know we want to see more resources applied in this area. Here is my testimony from the hearing. While I was there testifying, I met a young woman that had been trafficked by her family.  Her testimony is powerful and speaks to the need to bring justices to the criminals and bring peace to the victims. PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT AND LISTEN TO JODY WOOD’S TESTIMONY here – it starts at 5:33:49-5:36:53. Please let your legislators know we want to see HB3979 Leach and SB1257 Huffman passed. 
5. Voter Integrity – SB9 needs to move quickly. Call to support it. 
It won’t really matter if we get it right on other issues if we cannot take the due diligence to keep our voter records clean and untainted.  This really should be non-partisan and sail through on both sides.  The requests of these bills are prudent and much needed.  Please call or reach out to each of Senators as well as any others you have time to encourage that this is a must for our state: Requires that all voting systems have a voter verifiable paper audit trail and helps counties that have recently purchased systems without that component pay to retrofit their machines.

  • votes cast in a precinct exceeds the number of registered voters in that precinct. Uses the paper trail to conduct ongoing, randomized audits statewide to confirm that electronic systems are recording votes as voted. This program would begin as a pilot program for audits but go statewide once all paper systems are in place.
  • Allows law enforcement to conduct operations and investigations during elections to check for vulnerabilities in the electoral system or process.
  • Prohibits pre-checking boxes to affirm eligibility to register, like citizenship, on mass-mailed voter registration cards.
  • Requires those assisting curbside voters to provide more information about the nature of their relationship to the voter and the reason for assistance.
  • Requires those assisting other voters in the polling place to provide basic information including their name and relationship to the voter.
  • Requires those who seek to vote by an absentee ballot by mail due to a disability to affirmatively indicate that they meet the definition of “disabled” under the code, not merely check a box that makes a conclusory statement that they are disabled.
  • Provides avenue for redress and civil penalties for election fraud that can be enforced by a candidate who has been harmed by the fraud.
  • Makes sure we are actually participating in the interstate crosscheck system to clean and maintain our voters rolls as previously directed by the legislature.
  • Requires an automatic recount if/when the total number of votes cast in a precinct exceeds the number of registered voters in that precinct. 

Bonus – Please call in support of PRNDA HB2434 by Rep. Schaefer which has a hearing on Wed. 4/17 as well. Please sign in for this bill if you are able to be in Austin! 

The official description of this bill: Relating to information regarding perinatal palliative care and prohibiting discriminatory abortions; creating an administrative penalty, a civil remedy, and a criminal offense.
We are at the saturation point of the session, but this is the most important moment.

Let’s all get engaged. Thank you. 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

The Top 5 – April 1, 2019

1.   Watch our press conference to oppose the Republican-driven Big Nanny State Mental Health Bill

From our press release…
Austin, Texas (Thursday, March 28, 2019) – Today, a group of influential, long-time conservative leaders will hold a news conference to push back on Big Nanny State Mental Health bills being promoted by Republicans in the Texas House and Senate.
The Coalition for the Protection of Parental Rights will express strong objections to mental health legislation that grows state spending and state government, heaps more burdens on teachers, and threatens parental rights, privacy, and gun rights.
Speakers will include Cindy Asmussen, Ethics & Religious Liberty Advisor, Southern Baptists of Texas Convention; Trayce Bradford, President, Texas Eagle Forum; Pastor Stephan Broden, State Republican Executive Committeeman for Senate District 23; JoAnn Fleming, Executive Director, Grassroots America – We the People PAC; Barbara Harless, Co-founder, North Texas Citizens Lobby; Alice Linahan, Vice-President, Women on the Wall; and Rachel Malone, Executive Director, Gun Owners of America/Texas.
Watch it here.

2. Read the details on the mental health bills in the Texas LegislatureCindy Asmussen and I detailed all of the issues with these bills before Texas Faith and Family Day.Please read about them here. After you are educated on these, PLEASE call your legislators and talk to them about these important issues. 

3. Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the City of San Antonio concerning Chick-fil-AFrom his press release last week: “Attorney General Ken Paxton today sent a letter to the mayor and council members for the City of San Antonio, informing them he is opening an investigation surrounding the city’s decision to exclude Chick-fil-A from a concession contract that City staff recommended. By separate letter, he also requested that Secretary Elaine Chao of the United States Department of Transportation open an investigation into the city of San Antonio’s potential violation of federal law and Transportation Department regulations when the city banned Chick-fil-A from operating a restaurant in the San Antonio International Airport based on the company’s religious beliefs. Last Thursday, the San Antonio city council voted to remove Chick-fil-A from a new airport concessionaire contract, citing Chick-fil-A owners’ religious beliefs.”

Please call the AG’s office and thank him for this action. (512) 463-2050

4. Oppose HB 850- Come to Austin tomorrow for the hearing

From our friends at Texas Values:

“On Tuesday, April 2, the Texas House Business & Industry Committee will hold a public hearing on HB 850, a dangerous #BanTheBible bill that would create special protected classes based on “sexual orientation and gender identity/expression” in the Texas Labor Code. Hiding under the disguise of “sexual orientation and gender identity” (SOGI) language, this bill would create new government power to ban free expression of biblical beliefs and would specifically threaten the religious freedom of private business owners across Texas.

We need grassroots Texans – especially business owners, pastors, church employees, leaders of faith-based nonprofits, and any Texan that cares about faith and religious freedom – to come testify against this #BanTheBible bill:

What: House Business & Industry Committee Public Hearing
When: Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 10:30 AM or upon final adjournment/recess
Where: Committee room E2.016 in the Texas Capitol”5. Progressive Privilege: A Threat We’ve Got to Flush

Watch this video from our friend Kevin Freeman on his show: Economic War Room.

Thank you, friends. Let’s keep it up. 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

April 2019 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

On March 13, in Austin, Texas, Eagle Forum joined with Concerned Women For America, Texas Homeschool Coalition, Southern Baptist Texas Convention (SBTC), Texas Apostolic Prayer Network, and Texas Values to gather at one of the largest Faith and Family Days in recent memory. A large number of newcomers attended, along with fellow patriots from around the State, to learn specific issues facing the 86th Legislative Session, including parental rights, protecting religious liberties, and pushing back on “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” issues…

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The Torch – April 2019

In January, Governor Greg Abbott set the tone for the 86th season with his priorities of school finance, teacher pay, mental health, school safety, disaster relief, and property tax reform. With the vision cast, the 2019 Legislative Session is now past the halfway point. Bill filing closed in March with over 8,000 bills filed. Rising quickly to the forefront of the pack are bills that are battleground issues for liberty lovers…

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The Top 5 – March 25, 2019

The season is getting intense and more action every day. Please make calls to your legislators this week, come down to Austin to testify with us, and educate others. We are doing this together. We are the grassroots army!

THE TOP 5- MARCH 25, 2019

1.   Born Alive Legislation (HB 16) hearing on Monday

Please call your legislators and let them know you are in support of this important piece of legislation put forth by Rep. Jeff Leach and Senator Lois Kolkhorst that would strengthen protections for infants who survive abortion procedures. We, here at Texas Eagle Forum, support this bill wholeheartedly. Let’s do here in TEXAS what New York was not willing to do. 

2. Securing the Grid legislation hearing this week. Call your legislators and tell them to support House Bill 400 by Rep. Tony Tinderholt and the companion Senate bill by Senator Bob Hall to make sure your electric grid is secured here in Texas. If the federal government won’t do their Constitutional responsibility to protect the citizens of the United States then we here in Texas should finally do it here. The hearing on this important bill is this week, so please call.

3. The House Budget is UP this week – it is time to get serious. This Wednesday is the day that the House budget (HB1) and supplemental budget (SB500) will be on the House floor. This is usually one of the most fun and heated days of session. If you have an opportunity to watch, you should! We will be urging legislators to vote NO on HB 1 because it is above our Conservative Texas Budget limits and to vote YES on SB 500 because it is below our limits. The Texas budget is one of the most important issues each legislative session. Let your voice be heard NOW on the budget.

Here is a one pager from TPPF that compares the 2020-2021 budget figures

Here is an op-ed on the Conservative Texas budget.

Also one on Property Tax Reform and where we are in the middle of the session. 

4. End Renewable Energy Subsidies – Hearing on Monday(Taken directly from an email by the Texas Public Policy Foundation)The House Committee on State Affairs will discuss subsidies and decommissioning requirements for wind farms in a hearing Monday at 10:30 a.m. 

The Texas Legislature should end subsidies for renewable energy generators that harm the reliability of our grid and cost taxpayers billions. Tell your legislators to protect the reliability of our grid by ending subsidies for wind farms!

Here are the facts:

  • Big renewable energy companies in Texas have received $18 BILLION in subsidies.
  • Renewable energy fails to perform when we need it most, leaving generators of reliable power to make up the difference—without the subsidies.
  • Huge subsidies for renewable generators artificially force prices down, making it impossible for reliable power generators to compete.

5. Eat at Chick-Fil-A this week

The city of San Antonio didn’t approve Chick-fil-A to be in the airport because they said Chick-fil-A has a “legacy of anti-LBGTQ behavior”. Can I say, RIDICULOUS?!! Read the article here and then go eat at a Chick-fil-A this week. 

Thank you, Patriots. 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

Mental Health Faith & Family Day Handout

“We as Texans and parents are deeply concerned about mental health legislation such as HB10, SB10, SB11, SB1893, HB822, HB1536, HB 1069, HB198, HB204. The addition of 150 mental health bills in the 86th Texas Legislature is very concerning, both from a cost and liberty perspective. We know there are people who need help, but this answer must not come at making it prescriptive for everyone, expanding government control and mandates via adding school mental health clinics and services, mental health curriculum, student assessments, a state-wide mental health consortium that establishes a new government bureaucracy, grants and programs to research nebulous behavioral health, expanded authority for CPS and added new burdens for foster parents. These are only some of the many measures seeking to be legislated…”


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The Top 5 – March 18, 2019

This week is popping with bills getting hearings and many are coming up TODAY.  You are still needed even when you can’t make it down to Austin.  Please reach out to let your legislator know that you support or don’t support the legislation making its way through the process. Our voice is our strongest tool we have for making a difference. PLEASE be sure and read through to the end as there is a lot of information this week.  Also, please, keep an eye out as you may be getting updated action Items during the week since we are at the half way mark of session.

Our top 5 for this week. Please make some calls and join the action. 

Important Bills to make your voice heard on – 

1.   De-Funding Planned Parenthood

First SB22 (House companion HB1929) to Defund Planned Parenthood –  it will stop taxpayers and at the state and local level from funding the abortion industry.  Take a look at the actions you can take at the Texas Values action page on this issue. This is one I know we all care about deeply. 

2. Property Tax Reform

Here is a note from our friend Vance Ginn. 
Here’s an update on the budget picture for the House Approps Committee hearing today at 10 am. There is no change to the amount for property tax relief.I’ve put the CSSB500 (House) details from the attached PDFs (from the Approps Committee) into the attached spreadsheet. It is a massive supplemental bill with a total amount of $9.1 billion for the 2018-19 and 2020-21 budget periods. For just the 2018-19 biennium, excluding $1.17 B for Harvey recovery, to compare with the 2018-19 Conservative Texas Budget limits based on 4.5% in pop+inf of $3.6 B in state funds and $4.44 B in all funds, CSSB500 (House) includes:

  • $1.94 B in state funds
  • $4.26 B in all funds.

Both are below the CTB limits.For just the 2020-21 biennium, excluding $664 M for Harvey recovery, the amounts that will go towards the 2020-21 CTB limits based on 8% in pop+inf of $156.5 B in state funds and $234.1 billion in all funds, CSSB500 (House) includes:·         $3.03 B in state funds·         $3.03 B in all funds.Therefore, $3.03 billion will be added to HB 1, which looks to already be above the CTB limits.Recommendations:·         From the data provided for CSSB500, it is below the 2018-19 CTB limits and could be supported while noting that making a $658.2 million expense for a 13th payment to retired teachers is poor policy when TRS is already in a major crisis.·         From the data provided for CSSHB1 and the amounts from CSSB500, there is not enough information (can’t calculate total state funds or all funds) to completely compare with the 2020-21 CTB limits, but the introduced HB1 was above the CTB limits in both state funds and all funds and is increased from CSSB500 by $3 B. HB 1 should not be supported unless new information for the substitute indicates the totals for state funds and all funds, excluding Harvey recovery, are below the limits above.

Also read this article from Texas Public Policy Foundation to get educated on this issue. 

3. Ending Taxpayer Funded Lobbying – SB19 (CSSB29) Ending Taxpayer Funded Lobbying (Plank 217 in the party platform) will have a hearing on Monday.  Contact your Senators to let them know you support SB29.  Check out the FAQ page from our Friends at Grassroots America – We the People here.

4. Election Security – This bill (SB9) also has a hearing on Monday.  Please see the important material below from Grassroots America – We the People: 

Breaking News!
Hearing called for Monday 9 AM

Call to action to support

Senate Bill 9: Election Security
Relating to election integrity;
increasing criminal penalties;
creating a criminal offense;
creating civil penalties
By Senator Bryan Hughes, SD 1

Plain Language of the Bill

  • Requires that all voting systems have a voter verifiable paper audit trail and helps counties that have recently purchased systems without that component pay to retrofit their machines.
  • Uses the paper trail to conduct ongoing, randomized audits statewide to confirm that electronic systems are recording votes as voted. This program would begin as a pilot program for audits but go statewide once all paper systems are in place.
  • Allows law enforcement to conduct operations and investigations during elections to check for vulnerabilities in the electoral system or process.
  • Prohibits pre-checking boxes to affirm eligibility to register, like citizenship, on mass-mailed voter registration cards.
  • Requires those assisting curbside voters to provide more information about the nature of their relationship to the voter and the reason for assistance.
  • Requires those assisting other voters in the polling place to provide basic information including their name and relationship to the voter.
  • Requires those who seek to vote by an absentee ballot by mail due to a disability to affirmatively indicate that they meet the definition of “disabled” under the code, not merely check a box that makes a conclusory statement that they are disabled. Provides avenue for redress and civil penalties for election fraud that can be enforced by a candidate who has been harmed by the fraud.
  • Makes sure we are actually participating in the interstate crosscheck system to clean and maintain our voters rolls as previously directed by the legislature.
  • Requires an automatic recount if/when the total number of votes cast in a precinct exceeds the number of registered voters in that precinct.
  • ACTION #1: Testify in support of the bill on Monday, using points from above.

Public testimony will be limited to 2 minutes. If submitting written testimony, please provide 20 copies to the committee clerk with your name on each.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

  • COMMITTEE: Senate State Affairs
  • TIME & DATE: 9:00 AM, Monday, March 18, 2019
  • PLACE: Senate Chamber

ACTION #2: Contact these Senators and tell them you support SB 9, using some of the points from above to say why you support it! Contact them by phone and on social media!

We’ve been working with Senator Hughes
and his staff for several months.
Please help support the bill by letting your voice be heard!

We must clean up election law & close loop holes
for corruption BEFORE the 2020 Elections!

5. Texas Faith and Family Day  – Updates

Thank you all who drove down to Austin last Wednesday to joined us for Faith and Family Day. For those of you who didn’t, you can watch our part here on Facebook where Cindy Asmussen and I talk about the disturbing mental health bills that are working their way through the legislature. Watch it here.


The Torch – March 2019

Texas can make a border wall happen. Many worry that courts will block President Donald Trump from building a border wall with funds reprogrammed from other projects under a declaration of an emergency. However, Texas is in the more conservative Fifth Circuit, not the Ninth…

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March 2019 – From The Desk Of Trayce Bradford

The 86th Legislative Session is in full swing, and Texas Eagle Forum has a team in Austin meeting with legislators and their staffs on a variety of issues from life to property and tax relief. This session, several new faces are volunteering their time and talents: Cindy Castilla, Bethany Jarrell, and Tammy Morgan, among others, are doing a great job of representing TEF in a well-informed, gracious, and engaging manner. We encourage you to visit Austin and personally share your concerns and suggestions with your legislators and let them know you are paying attention to their bills and votes…

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The Top 5 – February 25, 2019

Lt. Col. Allen West will be with us at Faith & Family Day. SB2 (Property Tax Reform) gets a hearing on Wednesday, Rep. Mayes Middleton leads charge to get rid of Taxpayer Funded Lobbying, and Gun Rights and the Pro-life issue should continue to be watched by all.

Our top 5 for this week. Please make some calls and join the action.

I am going to start today with comments from Michael Openshaw, one of the most reliable front line citizen activists that we have in our state and who just happens to be spending time in Austin this legislative session. Thank you, Michael.
 

“Beleaguered Property Owners! We need your voices IN Austin Wednesday, Feb 27th 8am! This is when the taxpayer-funded lobbyists and many of YOUR local officials will show up to say the voters should NOT be in control of rising tax bills! If you aren’t there, your voice won’t be heard!

SHARE! SHARE! SHARE!”

1.   SB2 (Property Tax Reform) hearing this Wednesday in Austin. 

Here is what you can do:

  • Go to Austin as a citizen and testify.
  • Go to Austin and sign in for SB2, but do not testify just be there in support and visit offices of legislators to share your concerns.

2. Support HB281 – the Taxpayer Funded Lobbyist Ban Bill

While you are in Austin on Wednesday or making calls on #1, please tell your representatives to support HB281 to stop taxpayer funded lobbying. Thank you to former Senator Konni Burton for all her work on this last session. Now new State Representative Mayes Middleton who is wasting no time getting down to business is leading the charge. It will be heard in the House State Affairs Committee on Wednesday as well. Here is an article about the bill. 

3. Gun Rights – HB238 and HB357

If you are interested in Gun Rights, there are several we are keeping an eye on during this session and specifically this week.  Rep. Matt Krause has HB238, which will be heard in the Homeland Security and Public Safety bill on Wednesday! HB 238 relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition with in the State of Texas.

Here is some helpful information regarding HB238 and what you can do from: 
Rachel Malone from Gun Owners of America. 

“Hey Texas, ever wish our state and local governments could be kept from enforcing federal gun regulations that aren’t anywhere in our state laws?

HB 238 by Rep. Matt Krause would take care of that, and it’s up for a hearing in the Texas House next Wednesday (2/27).

Want to help?

1. Ask your state rep to co-author HB 238 (call their Capitol office; you’ll talk with their staff)

2. Attend the hearing in Austin Wednesday morning

3. Watch the livestream

LINKS:

Bill info: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB238

Bill text: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/Text.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB238

Hearing info:https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/schedules/html/C4202019022708001.HTM

Texas House livestream page: https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/

Find your rep’s Capitol office number: https://wrm.capitol.texas.gov/home”

Also keep an eye out for movement on HB357 – Constitutional Carry.  No Hearing date as of yet, but word is it could come sooner rather than later.  If you would like to be updated by those working closely on this issue check out this public Facebook page, Testify for Constitutional Carry (HB 357).

Bill information can be found on Texas Legislative Online TLO (I know most of you are becoming proficient at the TLO site 🙂  I again encourage you to sign up at: https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/history.aspx?LegSess=86R&Bill=HB357

I am sharing this for those of you who want to follow the progress of the bill and who authors or co-authors the legislation.You are able to read the language of the bill as well as follow who testifies for or against it when it has a hearing.  That is why I keep encouraging you to get signed up and rolling on the TLO. We may hold a quick training on some of these tools via a facebook live or call/webinar soon. 

Bunni Pounds, former Congressional candidate and TEF consultant, wrote a blog this last week called A Time to Weep on how our hearts get callous toward this issue and how we need to seek God to give us fresh eyes in our fight for the unborn.  I encourage you to read it here.

4. Life – Waiting but Staying Educated

Life – As we wait for the pro-life legislation to be moved in the 86th session, let us be clear what we are fighting for and what has been happening in our nation.   If we, as a nation, have so seared our hearts, minds and souls to the heinousness of killing a child than we, as a nation, will reap the consequences.  We must be a voice and be vigilant on life.

Check out the January addition of the Torch here on the Life issue here.

Here are also some incredible articles by Lifenews.

Article #1 – Senator Tim Kaine may oppose bill to stop infanticide because it protects a fetus who survives abortion. 

Article #2 – Planned Parenthood President: We Kill Babies because we “believe in life. We are being pro-life.”


Please consider financially supporting us at Texas Eagle Forum during this important legislative session. We know what we are doing together will make a difference for our state and our nation. 

Article #3 – Vermont House Approves Bill to Legalize Abortion Up to Birth “Baby shall not have Independent Rights under Law.” 

Article #4 – 12,000 Viable Unborn Babies are killed in Late Term Abortions Every Year

Article #5 – Watch: Activist Defends Infanticide: No Different than Abortion Because “Nothing Changes During Birth

5. Lt. Col. Allen West will be speaking at Faith and Family Day on March 13th

Come to Faith & Family Day this year with us. WE will be standing up together for our Christian values together in Austin. It is a fun, informative, and rewarding day as Texas Eagle Forum joins together with other organizations to lobby our legislators. Check out the schedule here on the website and register today. Here is the Facebook event to join and share as well.

Please consider financially supporting us at Texas Eagle Forum during this important legislative session. We know what we are doing together will make a difference for our state and our nation. 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

The Top 5 – February 18, 2019

Beto O’Rourke FINALLY declares what we all knew before – He is for OPEN BORDERS. Congressman Michael Cloud has a bill that really highlights the national debt and Property Tax Reform has an opponent.

Our top 5 for this week. Please make some calls and join the action. 

I may have crossed over into complete session nerd-dom.  I am now signed up on Texas Legislative Online (remember that was one of the assignments from the last several weeks) and I am receiving all the updates for every committee hearing and a really LONG list of bills moving in the Senate. So much going on, but it is so rewarding to help track it for you.

Meetings are starting in House committees this week. Some of these committees have bills in front of them, others are organizational hearings, and others are invited testimony. We are keeping an eye on these and when we see bills moving that we care about, we will alert you (or you, please, keep me informed on bills you think we should be paying attention to). 

We do have a few “study” items and action items this week. Some of these issues are items we as conservatives agree on, but we may not always agree on the best way forward. The action items are hopefully helpful suggestions and beneficial information.

Thank you for stepping up and being engaged. Every day during this session so far, we have heard something that makes us shake our heads; but also every day there are brave men and women like yourself standing up for life, virtue, and truth.

1.   Let’s continue to track what is going on with the Texas border. 

Congressman Dan Crenshaw issued a challenge to Beto O’Rourke this last week and Beto responded. It went viral as former Congressman Beto O’Rourke finally told the world what we always knew all along during the last campaign – He is for open borders, period. Watch this!

Action Alert: State Reps. Briscoe Cain (512-463-0733) and Kyle Biedermann

(512-463-0325) are proposing legislation to allocate $2.5 billion  from the Texas Rainy Day Fund (current balance of $11 billion) to fund construction of border wall on the Texas  border using Texas companies. If you support this, please call the offices of these two Freedom Caucus members and thank them.

2. Property Tax Reform (SB2) passed out of committee, but…..

Read this article about Senator Kel Seliger’s opposition to this bill and then let’s all call his office today. Big, BIG ACTION ALERT!

Time to let Sen. Kel Seliger’s HEAR from you!

Austin: (512) 463-0131 or his District office in Amarillo (806) 374-8994

Please share this action alert with friends. 

3. Federal Action Alert – Cost Estimates Improvement Act (H.R. 638) by Michael Cloud 

Along with our friends at Freedom Works, we want to urge you to support the Cost Estimates Improvement Act introduced by Rep. Michael Cloud (Republican – TX-27). The Cost Estimates Improvement Act would require the Congressional Budget Office and the Joint Committee on Taxation to provide the costs of servicing the public debt when producing cost-estimates of legislation and a list of any duplicative activities covered by a bill. We talk about the national debt but this a practical step to do something about it. Read the blog by Freedom Works here.

Congressman Michael Cloud’s op-ed on the bill is here. 


Call your U.S. Congressman or Congresswoman now and ask them to co-sponsor this bill TODAY.

4. The Fight for Life – It never stops

Senator Bob Hall (SD-2) had a great run down on the Fight For Life in his weekly update that he emails out to his district. I wanted to share it with you because it gives you information on pro-life legislation.  There are more bills coming and we will get you that information asap!  

5. Join us at Faith and Family Day in Austin on March 13th

Please Join us at Faith and Family Day this year!  You will be glad you did as WE stand up for our Christian values together in Austin. It is a fun, informative, and rewarding day as Texas Eagle Forum joins together with other organizations to lobby our legislators. Check out the schedule here on the website and register today. Here is the Facebook event to join and share as well. 

This is how we make a difference. Please consider financially supporting us at Texas Eagle Forum during this important legislative session. We know what we are doing together will make a difference for our state and our nation. 

Trayce Bradford, President of Texas Eagle Forum

The Top 5 – February 11, 2019

The New Green Deal, the State of the Union, the State of the State and why we need to dig into what is really going on… Our top 5 for this week.

Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) were joined by Democratic lawmakers from both the House and Senate on February 7, 2019, to introduce Green New Deal legislation.

The Top 5 – February 11, 2019
This last week brought us a number of presentations from the State of the Union (SOTU) by President Trump to the State of the State (SOTS) by Governor Abbott, and lest we forget the unforgettable debut of Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from NY presenting her New Green Deal. Each of these items are important not just for what they say but also what is missing. We have to listen closely and look closely.

Committees are up and running in Austin. The big news from last week was the hearings in the Senate by the first ever Property Tax Committee regarding that very thing – property tax reform. (SB2 and HB2 are identical bills). Citizens want to see relief above and beyond just reform. As home values go up, tax rates NEED to go down, not the other way around. The turnout by citizens’ participating last week was better than year’s past. I heard from one source that these hearings usually consist of tax-funded lobbyists and a few, if any citizens. This is a good sign that people are paying attention, caring about the issue, and showing up. We will need your voice when this comes up in the Texas House as well!

Bills are being filed and we want to keep an eye out on all the mental health bills. This is a an emergency issue on the Governor’s list and one we must be diligent to monitor. We are working with a team of folks to comb through this legislation. We will keep you all informed on next steps.

Here are some preparations and activities for this week of February 11th. From my family to yours – Happy Valentines Day!

1. Get your bills and issues on your alert list now.

The pace this session will pick up so please take some time now to get bills on the issues you are following on your alert list here.

2. Items to review – SOTU, SOTS, and AOC’s NGP

Please take a few minutes to look over the following items.

President Trump’s SOTU transcript
Governor Abbott’s SOTS transcript
Here is what the Governor listed as emergency items:

School finance
Teachers pay
Mental health
Property tax reform
Disaster relief

We agree with Governor Abbott listing school finance and property taxes as emergency items as well the other items, but what about the life issue. With states like NY and NM passing laws that allow the killing of babies that have been born alive, we hope we will hear from our governor on what Texas is doing to make sure this does not happen here. We also are not hearing from him on our broken immigration system. We know that focusing on caravans are the media’s way of controlling a narrative, but for those of us following what happens to daily along the border, are already familiar with the number of illegals crossing into our state.

Also please read about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s new green deal that she put forth this week. This is extremely troubling from one of the women in white at the State of the Union.

I am including the article on this Congresswoman’s ludicrous blathering because lately, I have been more than stunned at what people will support. Just as soon as it came out every Democrat Presidential Candidate came out in support of it. I had to wonder – have they read this thing? Some of our own Democrats in the Texas Legislature are supporting her as well, which is troubling. When you put her NGD together with her behavior, I have to wonder, how does anyone support this woman? Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez sat through the President’s speech where he is lauding our officers that had captured human traffickers and didn’t even clap. When he talked about our lowest unemployment in decades, nothing from her. And she sat on her hands as the President spoke of protecting the most vulnerable of us all, babies, and being a culture of life. Isn’t that what this New Green Deal of hers is all about – making life better for everybody? I guess not.

3. Updates on Property Tax Relief

If you want to get an idea of what was happening at the property tax hearing, listed below are several clips and analysis of the bills. If you are a homeowner, be sure and add SB2/HB2 to your Texas Legislative Online (TLO)list to follow the bills. We need you to weigh in when the House committee meets soon. Be sure and follow some sources that are focusing on this and school finance – be sure and follow some sources that are focusing on this, Appraisal Districts and school finance – reforming Robin Hood.”

Chairman Bettencourt opens SB2 Hearings

HB1333 by Rep. Matt Krause – Appraisal District Reform

SB689 by Senator Angela Paxton – Relating to the repeal of provisions requiring school districts to reduce their wealth per student to the equalized wealth level.

Texas Public Policy on Robin Hood

Vance Ginn and team – State of the State recap and SB2 recap

Conservative Texas Budget

4. A Response to Governor Ralph Northam

This is a wonderful response to the Governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam by Benjamin Watson. The Governor was whining about people calling him out for his support of a heinous bill filed that would allow abortion even when a mother is in labor. Unbelievable.

5. Continued Prayer for our Legislators

Remember to PRAY for all of the families of legislators, state leaders and staff. They make a sacrifice during session and it is important that we can keep these families in our prayers. Pray for health, provision, mercy, rest, protection, joy and support.

Thank you for your support of TEXAS EAGLE FORUM.

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Trayce Bradford – President of Texas Eagle Forum


The Top 5 – February 4, 2019

Time for the Top 5 action steps for this week. Property Tax relief and more…

I was in Austin again last week accompanied by Cindi Castilla, Dallas Eagle Forum President. We were able to meet with several legislators and their staff. It was a blessing to have Cindi along. Thank you for those praying for us. 

Here is our list for the week. 

1. PRAY for all committee chairs in the House and the Senate

At this point, things look better than they have in the last few sessions.  The early committee assignments bode well for a session that is on time and hopefully one that gives legislation the opportunity to go through the process. We shall see.

Please, as always, be praying for our legislators, statewide leaders, their staffs and most importantly their families.  This week we are asking for prayer to be focused on all committee chairs. 

Here is the list of the Texas House Committee Chairs.

Here is the list of the Texas Senate Committee Chairs with one change that Senator Bob Hall has replaced Senator Seliger as AG Chair. 

2.  Be Educated on the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) in New York

I am sure many of you, like me, were devastated and disgusted by the glee with which New York and its governor celebrated the passing of a law that now allows abortions up to birth.  Read that again, up to birth.  

Did you know that the RHA removes legal protections that once ensured that viable babies who survived abortion would be given medical treatment?

The RHA says that certain non-physicians can now commit abortions in New York. What happened to giving women the very best medical care for their abortions?  Are we seeing a return to those back alley abortions that we heard about so many years ago? Wasn’t the pro-death (they have earned this title as far as I am concerned) side always blaming those that are pro-life for putting women at risk?

For more information on that law that is actually legal in several other states, they just decided not to celebrate it, please see the information below.  This matters because their eyes are set on Texas and we need to know how to engage in discussions with both our legislators and our circle of influence.  

Some facts about the Reproductive Health Act (RHA) here
Pro-Life Essentials Facts You Should Know Regarding Abortion 
  
3. Property Tax Relief

Please pay attention to the Property Tax relief debate going on in Austin and call your legislators with your opinions. Here are some tools and resources that we find helpful. We have to work together to find real solutions. 

HB 2 was filed on 1/31 in the Texas House but has not yet been assigned to a committee.

The Texas Senate will have a hearing this Wednesday 2/6 in the Property Tax Committee with Chairman Bettencourt. Here is the alert on the hearing with all the information. Get educated and consider coming down to testify. We are here to help you. 

Frisco Mayor Calls Property Tax Reform Nonsense
Vance Ginn Economics Blog or Facebook page
Texas Public Policy Statement on the bills
SB2 Bill
HB2 Bill
Conservative Texas Budget
TPPF on the Conservative Texas Budget

4. Prepping for the Session. Are you a Prepper?

Please make sure you sign up on Texas Legislative Online.
 
You can search and track the pieces of legislation you are most interested in! 

Have you asked others to sign up for the Top Five?  Have you signed up for our newsletter, The Torch, that is mailed each month? You can do that at: 
www.texaseagle.org

You may want to read or engage with one the pages or groups we recommend on this Top Five, such as Vance Ginn Economics FB page.  TEF receives nothing from referring you to any of these groups except the satisfaction of knowing we are connecting people to the information and groups they will benefit from. We want you to be able to be comfortable in engaging at all levels of the governmental process.

5. Texas Faith and Family Day – March 13, 2019

Many of you may have already heard of the “Ban the Bible” legislation that has been filed. Texas Values has listed the bills to be watching and what concerns there are with those pieces of legislation here.

Please don’t just read these articles but get engaged!  Join us and be a voice for life, liberty and property!  We hope to see each of you down in Austin. Bring some friends! Let’s show the leaders in Austin that people of faith are voters with a voice and the convictions to work hard to make sure Texas is a place that welcomes diversity and cherishes faith and family! 

Here is the Facebook event to join.  and the website with all of the information. See you then. 
Thanks for joining with us. 

Trayce Bradford – President of Texas Eagle Forum