"and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel"
The Life, Liberty, and Property coalition held their first "First Amendment Tuesday" this morning prior to Greg Abbott's inauguration; it is a FANTASTIC primer for citizen lobbying:
Michael Quinn Sullivan (Empower Texans):
- Learn the rules for petitioning government.
- House rule 1; section 5
- No signs or disruptive behavior (doesn't apply to Wendy Davis).
- Our opponents will use failure to practice decorum to silence us.
- "A lobbyist is a hired gun."
- There are rules about giving gifts.
- In a couple of weeks, committees will be assigned.
- How a bill moves out of the House (at least in theory): First reading -- > Committee -- > Calendars -- > Floor
- "Points of Order" can cut both ways.
- 2/3rds rule -- Senate is supposed to consider bills in the order they come out of committee.
- Every pro-life victory is due to gubernatorial leadership and strong grassroots activism.\
- Legislators care more about what constituents think than "lobbying" groups.
- Remember, they work for us.
- Be respectful.
- Tell the what bills you support.
- Before you leave the office, have them respond.
- "Does this sound like a good bill to you?!?"
- There's all kinds of stalling techniques elected officials use:
- Office Tours
- Life Stories
- Asking a frillion questions about your life story.
- Mostly parental rights stuff.
- Tim Tebow bill - Allow homeschoolers to participate in extra-cirriculars
- In laws can sue parents for "access" to children.
- Tuesday 2/24 lobby day.
- Plano bathroom bill got enough signatures.
- Restoring SBOE authority.
- American laws for American courts.
- Put their checkbooks online.
- Author's Note: Good grief, there are at least 5 in Austin alone.
- CSCOPE: The whack-a-mole continues.
- Interstate compacts for Border Enforcement.
- With GOP control of Congress, forces them on record.
- Interstate compacts bypass the President; only require congressional approval.
- Start with the 25 states suing Obama over Executive Amnesty.
- "The state of Texas spends too much, borrows too much, and relies too heavily on the Federal government."
- Restore state spending to it's core functions.