Tuesday, April 14, 2015

First Amendment Tuesday: Whatever week this is


"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,"
Ephesians 6:19

Eventful First Amendment Tuesday this morning:

Tony McDonald (Empower Texans):



Highlights:
  • Craddick previously fired a parliamentarian.
  • Stickland's amendment is germane.
  • 10 members can appeal the ruling of the chair.
  • If they kill constitutional carry, hold them accountable.



Highlights:
  • HB 3704 by Drew Springer -- Bad Bill (at least in its current form)
    • Death Panels redux
    • Bill has 5 GLARING "exceptions.
  • "We're up against big medicine."
  • Tan Parker attempting to pass pro-life consensus bills.
  • Beware "caption-only" messaging bills.
  • 1 solid bill that makes it's way through the process can save 10,000 to 20,000 lives annually.



Highlights:
  • You can meet with members outside the House chamber.
  • "We don't know what the Supreme court is going to do on the marriage issue."
  • Bill filed yesterday on religious freedom issue.
  • HB 2801 up tomorrow in state affairs: Keep bathrooms to your birth gender.
    • Author's note: SIGH...how is this even an issue?!?



Highlights:

  • American laws for American courts pending in committee.
  • HB 1835 -- Good toll road bill.
    • Tolling existing roads is double taxation.
  • EMP protection bill hearing tomorrow.

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