ACTUAL TOOLS FOR ACTUAL RESULTS
Saturday, April 11, 2015
We will start promptly at 9:30 am and end by 11:30am
Lone Star College - North Harris at the Greenspoint Center
250 North Sam Houston, Houston, Texas 77060
We will offer a Power Point Presentation for Precinct Chairs with a Precinct Chair Training Handout Booklet Volume I to take as a reference.
Breitbart, March 19 - A bill filed by Texas State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston) could prove to be the financial death penalty for many public-sector labor unions across the state. The bill, SB 1968, was filed at the very end of the bill filing period for this Legislative Session last Friday, and would end the practice of automatic payroll deductions for labor union dues for the majority of public-sector unions.
SB 1968 amends Chapter 617, Texas Government Code, to add a new Section 617.006, titled “Prohibition on Collection of Labor Organization Dues,” as follows:
Except as provided by Sections 141.008 and 155.001, Local Government Code, and Sections 403.0165 and 659.1031, Government Code, the state or a political subdivision of the state may not deduct or withhold, or contract to deduct or withhold, from an employee’s salary or wages payment of dues or membership fees to a labor organization or other similar entity, including a trade union, labor union, employees’ association, or professional organization.
Community Impact News, March 18 - Law enforcement officials in Harris County could have additional tools to address noise pollution if a new law is passed by the Legislature this session.
State Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring, filed House Bill 153 in November after hearing numerous complaints from constituents about music and noise in her district. In particular, noise from the Something Wicked Festival at Sam Houston Race Park in late October generated multiple concerns from nearby residents.
“The bass and the music was very loud,” Harless said. “It was on a Saturday night and Sunday night until 2 in the morning. I was getting literally hundreds of calls [from] as far as Huntwick [Forest].”
Unlike the city of Houston and other municipalities, Harris County does not have the power to pass ordinances. Instead, county governments in Texas can only pass regulations that have first been approved by the state Legislature. Therefore, the county can only rely on the state’s noise ordinance to police noisy disruptions.
Breitbart, March 17 - The Texas House has passed HB 10, an omnibus anti-human trafficking bill. The bill passed on second reading on Monday and then third reading Tuesday morning. Both votes were unanimous and bipartisan.
HB 10, was brought forward by a large bipartisan coalition of House Members, authored by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston), Rep. Todd Hunter (R-Corpus Christi), Rep. Oscar Longoria (D-Mission), Rep. Tan Parker (R-Flower Mound), and Rep. Patricia Harless (R-Spring), and co-authored by Rep. Dwayne Bohac (R-Houston), Rep. Greg Bonnen (R-Friendswood), Rep. Angie Chen Button (R-Richardson), Rep. Byron Cook (R-Corsicana), Rep. Tony Dale (R-Cedar Park), Rep. Sarah Davis (R-West University Place), Rep. Marsha Farney (R-Georgetown), Rep. Allen Fletcher (R-Cypress), Rep. Mark Keough (R-The Woodlands), Rep. Phil King (R-Weatherford), Rep. Will Metcalf (R-Conroe), Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land), Rep. Sergio Muñoz, Jr. (D-Palmview), Rep. Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont), Rep. Debbie Riddle (R-Tomball), Rep. Phil Stephenson (R-Wharton), Rep. Hubert Vo (D-Houston), and Rep. James White (R-Woodville).
HCRP's Ballot Security Committee took a trip to Austin this week where Committee Chairman Alan Vera, Ed Johnson, Carol Kitson and Colleen Vera were able to voice the Party's view on legislation dealing with elections and election law. Alan testified in support of Jim Murphy's voter registration residency bill (HB 1096), and argued against a bill to do away with straight party voting, as well as a few Democrat initiatives including one that would force the registrar to include a note with reasons for the rejection to the rejected voter. The committee also showed support for a bill on interstate sharing of voter registration data to prevent voters from voting in more than one state.
Photo from Texas Legislature Online
Rep. Bohac Authors Legislation to Beef Up Border Security and Crackdown on Drug Trafficking and Human Smuggling
Texas House of Representatives - State Representative Dwayne Bohac announces authorship of two bills that significantly strengthen border security and help law enforcement crackdown on border-related crime. HB 11, the “Stronger Border, Safer Texas Act,” is an omnibus bill that will dramatically increase the number of Department of Public Safety (DPS) Troopers in the border region, impose tougher penalties on smugglers, and provide more resources for police statewide. HB 1450 will establish the Texas Border Security Division which will focus on busting up criminal cartels throughout the southern border region.
Brietbart - It was standing room only in a marathon meeting on the Texas House floor. Six proposed early childhood education bills were presented and debated before the House Committee on Public Education on Tuesday, March 10. The biggest issue of the day was half-day versus full-day of pre-Kindergarten (pre-K), although a frontrunner emerged in House Bill 4 (HB 4) authored by Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston).
Last month, during his State of the State address, Governor Greg Abbott placed early education as his top emergency items for the 84th Legislature to undertake. Although the nationwide push from the Obama administration is towards full-day Head Start-based programs, Abbott ran on a platform of sensible early education, a manageable, approach that would bump up pre-K programs by building upon what already works statewide. Many felt Huberty’s proposed legislation was most in line with the Governor’s vision.
The Woodlands Villager - State Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, has co-authored a bill that would allow parents of children in a failing school to petition for the reconstitution, repurposing, alternative management or closure of low-performing public campuses after two years instead of the current statute of five years. Senator Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, is the primary author.
“Senator Taylor and I are working shoulder-to-shoulder to advance and strengthen Texas’ current parent empowerment law,” Creighton stated in a release. “Parents shouldn’t be forced to subject their children to schools that are clearly failing to meet their needs.”
Bellaire - River Oaks - West University Examiner - State Sen. Paul Bettencourt, a Republican from north Harris County, filed a bill today that will make court records more accessible to the public and save people money. Senate Bill 967, Bettencourt said, would allow people to access and print at no charge non-certified copies of electronic court records. They now pay 15 cents for each page the copy, and sometimes court records number in the hundreds of pages.
“If you can get government records on the internet,” Bettencourt said, “you should be able to download them for free.”
The Pasadena Citizen- Entities exercising eminent domain authority could be on the hook for attorney and expert fees if they offer below market value for property under a bill considered by a Senate panel Monday. SB 474, by Brenham Senator Lois Kolkhorst, would require those payments if it is later determined they initially offered more than 10 percent less than the market value of a property seized through eminent domain. Kolkhorst said she wants to make sure that property owners without vast resources don't feel like they are priced out of the justice system.
"The common person cannot afford it," she said. "This bill is for the average Texan.