Wednesday, October 25, 2017

#TXLEGE: Honestly, NOW is the time for a Special Session....

"I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus."
Phillipians 3:14

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past few hours, by now we assume you've heard the news:

Which begs the next question: With Joe Straus out of the picture...why wait for 2019?!?

The 85th Texas Legislature left a lot of business unfinished; examples include:

  • Municipal Property Tax Caps.
  • Municipal Permitting Reform.
  • Municipal Spending Caps.
  • Education Savings Accounts.
  • Eliminating Municipal Tree Ordinances.
  • Eliminating Municipal "Texting while driving" revenue collection schemes.
  • Eliminating Municipal subsidies for partisan political activity by public employees.
  • Eliminating municipal subsidies for abortionists.
  • Eliminating municipal mandates related to bathroom policies for private entities; creating uniform statewide standards for political subdivisions.
  • Eliminating Municipal Prohibitions on Short Term Rentals.
  • Restricting or Eliminating Municipal Land Use Regulations.
  • Restricting or Eliminating tuition increases at Public Universities.
  • Protections for Free Speech on Public University Campuses.
In addition, there are plenty of issues that didn't move during this session that deserve another look; among them:
  • Constitutional carry.
  • Abolishing Abortion.
  • Historical Zoning reform.
  • Eliminating Municipal Red Light Cameras.
  • Grid Security.
  • Right to use cash legislation.
  • Name your issue here: "__________________________."
Again, we ask: Why wait until 2019?!?

Consider the whole "actions speak louder than words" front: Rather than spending the next year and a half having a speakers race filled with words, why not bring them back in two weeks and give them a chance to act?!?

In this climate, a platform for action will be very revealing.

Obviously, Greg Abbott is the only one who can call a special session.  Equally obvious, Greg Abbott wasn't exactly treated with respect during this summer's special session.  It'll be interesting to see whether Greg Abbott seizes this opportunity.

Bottom Line: Either we pass several more grassroots priorities or we get several more campaign issues...what's there to lose?!?


Governor Greg Abbott:
(512) 463-2000
Twitter @GregAbbott_TX

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