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Support These Texas House Bills

I'll try to update this as often as possible for anyone following along.

Those who helped with the anti-TSA bill last session are well aware of the political games played in the legislature and the vigilance required to stop them. Having been filed, these bills now move to committee hearings, where the vast majority die, many without ever being scheduled for a hearing.

When hearings are scheduled we get only a few days' notice, but it is critical that as many people as possible show up for the hearings to show support and advocate that the committee send the bills to the full House or Senate for a vote. If you can't show up we can still use phone calls and letters to committee members, especially from those in their home districts.

Most won't be able to make the trip, but please make every effort to attend one or two meetings on the bills that matter the most to you if you live in or near the Austin area.

Monday, March 11:

Ways & Means, 2:00pm, E2.014
HB 78, Simpson, "Relating to the exemption from the sales and use tax for
certain coins and precious metals."

Tuesday, March 12:

Criminal Jurisprudence, 10:30am, E2.016
HB 184, Dutton, "Relating to the penalties for possession of one ounce or less of marihuana or a synthetic cannabinoid."

Wednesday, March 13:

Urban Affairs, 10:30am, E2.016
HB 1299, Stickland, "Relating to municipal regulation of electric stun guns, knives, and personal defense sprays."

State Affairs, 1:00pm, JHR 140
HB 649, Stickland, "Relating to tax reimbursement for businesses that refuse to comply with certain federal health care coverage requirements based solely on the religious convictions of the owners of the businesses; authorizing tax refunds and credits."

Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility, Select, 2:00pm, E2.036
HB 553, Otto, "Relating to firearms and the preservation of the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution; providing penalties."

HB 627, Krause, "Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation."

HB 872, Laubenberg, "Relating to exempting the intrastate manufacture of a firearm, a firearm accessory, or ammunition from federal regulation."

HB 928, Krause, "Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas."

HB 1049, Laubenberg, "Relating to the enforcement of certain federal laws regulating firearms, firearm accessories, and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas."

HB 1076, Toth, "Relating to certain firearms, firearm accessories and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas; providing an exemption from federal regulation and providing penalties."

HB 1314, Creighton, "Relating to the unlawful seizure of a firearm by a governmental officer or employee; providing penalties."

Thursday, March 14:

Homeland Security & Public Safety, 8:00am, E2.010
HB 434, Riddle, "Relating to the persons authorized to take a blood specimen from a vehicle operator to test for alcohol concentration or other intoxicating substances."

HB 435, Turner, "Relating to the authority of a peace officer to take a blood specimen from the operator of a motor vehicle or watercraft to test for alcohol concentration or the presence of other intoxicating substances."

HB 1658, King, "Relating to requiring the arrest and collection of a breath or blood specimen of persons operating a motor vehicle or watercraft while intoxicated under certain circumstances."

HB 1038, Eiland, "Relating to the creation of DNA records for the DNA database system."

HB 972, Fletcher, "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education."

HB 1313, Creighton, "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education."

HB 1078, Kleinschmidt, "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with institutions of higher education."

HB 706, Capriglione, "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on certain premises of or locations associated with schools or institutions of higher education."

HB 1009, Villalba, "Relating to the creation of a new category of law enforcement officer who shall be designated a school marshal, the training and appointment of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school as school marshals, and the rights, restrictions, limitations, and responsibilities of school marshals; authorizing the imposition of a fee."

HB 1298, Stickland, "Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns by certain license holders on certain locations associated with a public or private school or educational institution."

HB 1896, King, "Relating to firearm training and the authority of certain employees of a school district or open-enrollment charter school to carry or possess a handgun on certain school premises; authorizing a fee."

HB 700, Lavender, "Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties."

HB 1194, Paddie, "Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry the handgun; providing penalties."

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