The 84th Legislature will heat up next week, with 29 Committee Hearings scheduled as of today.

Statue at Capitol
Statue at Capitol

Here’s a sampling of bills that are scheduled to be heard:
• Committees on Finance continue their hearings
• Compensatory education allotment funding to provide assistance with child care to students at risk of dropping out of school.
• Testing of students with limited English proficiency
• notifying a parent or guardian whether an employee of a school is appointed school marshal Continue reading “29 COMMITTEE HEARINGS NEXT WEEK”

DFW Area Senator Stops Talking to Taxpayer-Funded Lobbyist

Konni Burton, a first-term state senator representing the Fort Worth area, announced she will not deal with lobbyist who are paid with taxpayer dollars.  She said

Our office is more than willing to meet with any lobbyist regarding issues facing businesses, individuals or trade organizations, just not those who are getting paid with taxpayer dollars, who very well could be pushing policy that is in direct conflict with the will of the people

No one would hire a lobbyist to represent their opponent in a business deal, so it’s not hard to see the conflict involved in the situation.  At a very minimum, it is fiscally irresponsible to have taxpayers pay for it.  Read more on this subject in the article in the Star-Telegram.

School Choice; Vouchers / Taxpayer Savings Grants

School-VouchersSomething must be done to break up the monopoly over the K-12 government school programs and something must be done for inner city students wishing to escape a failing government school campus.  Very few Texans will oppose these goals but it is the devil involved in the details of such plans that draw opposition.  Many are hoping that school vouchers or grants will solve the failing government policies.

What most parents don’t realize is that choice in government education already exists under Subchapter B of the Texas Education Code, “ASSIGNMENTS AND TRANSFERS”.  Students can, and do, transfer from the campus serving their residence to another campus within their school district.  They also transfer to another district, and even transfer to a district in a bordering U.S. state.  This occurs most often in rural Texas without significant incident. Continue reading “School Choice; Vouchers / Taxpayer Savings Grants”


Please read these bills and if you are interested, please contact the committee members and voice your support/opposition. You do not have to reside in the committee members’ district to have an impact on these bills!  The committee is charged with representing all Texans on those bills heard in their committee,  It is their duty to allow the body of the entire Senate to discuss and vote on bills after they have passed out of the committee.  It is at that time each senator should vote according to their district.

Bills to be heard in the State Affairs [SENATE Committee]
TIME & DATE: 9:00 AM, Thursday, February 12, 2015
PLACE: E1.016 (Hearing Room)

SB 11 Birdwell | et al.
Relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of and certain other locations associated with institutions of higher education.

SB 17 Estes [ REVISED agenda – SB 17 added, SB 346 removed]
Relating to the authority of a person who is licensed to carry a handgun to openly carry a holstered handgun; creating a criminal offense; providing penalties.

Continue reading “ACTION ITEM -TWO 2nd AMENDMENT BILLS- scheduled for THURSDAY”

Contact Lists For Texas Legislators Now Available

Screenshot from 2015-02-08 11:51:08The email addresses, phone numbers (main Austin office), room numbers, twitter handles, and committee assignments are now published for the Senate and the House of the current Texas legislative session.  There are links to these lists on the front page of ntcl.org, on the right-hand side bar, and are also available from the NTCL Resources menu on the top menu bar.

Screenshot from 2015-02-08 12:20:28The contact lists can be filtered by committee by pressing the committee button and selecting the committee to filter by.

Screenshot from 2015-02-08 12:20:36Columns can be hidden by pressing the show / hide columns button.

Continue reading “Contact Lists For Texas Legislators Now Available”

Key Public Education Bills in the 84th

Bill Ames has reviewed some 200 bills that have been filed in the 84th Texas Legislature, relating to public education. We express our gratitude to Bill for his offering of 12 of the “Best” , and 10 of the “Worst” bills filed.

84th Texas Legislature – Key Public Education Recommendations
– created by Bill Ames for North Texas Citizens Lobby (NTCL)

Bill Content Description: State contractors (incl. school district contractors) must participate in E-Verify program.
Bill Number: HB88E-Verify
Author: James White (R)
NTCL Recommendation: Support
Justification: Contain employment of illegals

Bill Content Description: Course in U. S. Constitution in curriculum US_Constitution_2requirements for public school students
Bill Number: HB135
Author: Dan Flynn (R)  NTCL Recommendation: Support
Justification: Counters trend towards progressive curriculum in Texas public schools

Continue reading “Key Public Education Bills in the 84th”

Contact List – House – Texas 84th

Contact list for the House of Representatives of the Texas 84th legislative session (2015)

Rep. Allen, AlmaE1.506alma.allen@house.state.tx.us512-463-0744Corrections, House Administration, Public Education@AlmaAllen131
Rep. Alonzo, Roberto1N.12roberto.alonzo@house.state.tx.us512 463 0408Calendars, Higher Education, House Administration, Pensions
Rep. Alvarado, CarolE2.808carol.alvarado@house.state.tx.us512 463 0732Rules & Resolutions,
Special Purpose Districts, Urban Affairs
Rep. Anchia, Rafael4N.6rafael.anchia@house.state.tx.us512 463 0746Energy Resources , International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs@RafaelAnchia
Rep. Anderson, Charles “Doc”GW.8charles.anderson@house.state.tx.us512 463 0135@DocAnderson4TX
Rep. Anderson, RodneyE1.424rodney.anderson@house.state.tx.us512 463 0641@rodneyanderson
Rep. Ashby, TrentE2.414trent.ashby@house.state.tx.us512 463 0508
Rep. Aycock, Jimmie DonE2.708jimmie.aycock@house.state.tx.us512 463 0684@Aycockjda
Rep. Bell, Cecil, Jr.E2.710cecil.bell@house.state.tx.us512 463 0650@CBellJr
Rep. Blanco, CesarE1.218cesar.blanco@house.state.tx.us512 463 0622@CesarJBlanco
Rep. Bohac, DwayneGS.6Dwayne.bohac@house.state.tx.us512 463 0727
Rep. Bonnen, Dennis1W.6dennis.bonnen@house.state.tx.us512 463 0564@Dbonnen
Rep. Bonnen, GregE2.504greg.bonnen@house.state.tx.us512 463 0729@DrGregBonnen
Rep. Burkett, CindyE2.322cindy.burkett@house.state.tx.us512 463 0464@cindyburkett_tx
Rep. Burns, DeWayneE2.804dewayne.burns@house.state.tx.us512 463 0538
Rep. Burrows, DustinE2.820dustin.burrows@house.state.tx.us512 463 0542@Burrows4TX
Rep. Button, Angie ChenE2.910angie.button@house.state.tx.us512 463 0486@AngieChenButton
Rep. Canales, TerryE2.816terry.canales@house.state.tx.us512 463 0426@TerryCanales40
Rep. Capriglione, GiovanniE2.714giovanni.capriglione@house.state.tx.us512 463 0690@VoteGiovanni
Rep. Clardy, TravisE2.314travis.clardy@house.state.tx.us512 463 0592@travisfortexas
Rep. Coleman, Garnet F.4N.10garnet.coleman@house.state.tx.us512 463 0524@GFColeman
Rep. Collier, NicoleE2.508Nicole.collier@house.state.tx.us512 463 0716@NicoleCollier95
Rep. Cook, ByronGN.11byron.cook@house.state.tx.us512 463 0730
Rep. Craddick, Tom1W.9tom.craddick@house.state.tx.us512 463 0500
Rep. Crownover, Myra1N.10myra.crownover@house.state.tx.us512 463 0582@MyraCrownover
Rep. Dale, TonyE2.904tony.dale@house.state.tx.us512 463 0696@tonydaletx
Rep. Darby, DrewE1.308drew.darby@house.state.tx.us512 463 0331
Rep. Davis, SarahE2.310sarah.davis@house.state.tx.us512 463 0389@SarahforHD134
Rep. Davis, Yvonne4N.9yvonne.davis@house.state.tx.us512 463 0598
Rep. Deshotel, JoeGW.12joe.deshotel@house.state.tx.us512 463 0662@RepJoeDeshotel
Rep. Dukes, Dawnna1W.2dawnna.dukes@house.state.tx.us512 463 0506
Rep. Dutton, Harold, Jr.3N.5harold.dutton@house.state.tx.us512 463 0510
Rep. Elkins, Gary4N.3gary.elkins@house.state.tx.us512 463 0722
Rep. Faircloth, WayneE2.812wayne.faircloth@house.state.tx.us512 463 0502
Rep. Fallon, PatE2.604pat.fallon@house.state.tx.us512 463 0694@FallonForTexas
Rep. Farias, Joe4S.4joe.farias@house.state.tx.us512 463 0714
Rep. Farney, MarshaE2.606marsha.farney@house.state.tx.us512 463 0309@DrMarshaFarney
Rep. Farrar, Jessica1N.8jessica.farrar@house.state.tx.us512 463 0620@jfarrardist148
Rep. Fletcher, AllenGW.4allen.fletcher@house.state.tx.us512 463 0661@AllenFletcher
Rep. Flynn, DanGN.7dan.flynn@house.state.tx.us512 463 0880@Dan_Flynn
Rep. Frank, JamesE2.304james.frank@house.state.tx.us512 463 0534
Rep. Frullo, JohnE2.608john.frullo@house.state.tx.us512 463 0676@FrulloForTexas
Rep. Galindo, RickE1.410rick.galindo@house.state.tx.us512 463 0269@GalindoForRep
Rep. Geren, CharlieGW.17charlie.geren@house.state.tx.us512 463 0610
Rep. Giddings, HelenGW.11helen.giddings@house.state.tx.us512 463 0953
Rep. Goldman, CraigE2.720craig.goldman@house.state.tx.us512 463 0608@GoldmanCraig
Rep. Gonzales, LarryE2.418larry.gonzales@house.state.tx.us512 463 0670@larrygonzales52
Rep. González, MaryE1.302mary.gonzalez@house.state.tx.us512 463 0613@RepMaryGonzalez
Rep. Guerra, R. D. “Bobby”E2.818bobby.guerra@house.state.tx.us512 463 0578@RDBobbyGuerra
Rep. Guillen, Ryan4S.3ryan.guillen@house.state.tx.us512 463 0416@RyanGuillen
Rep. Gutierrez, RolandGN.9roland.gutierrez@house.state.tx.us512 463 0452@RolandG119
Rep. Harless, PatriciaE2.408patricia.harless@house.state.tx.us512 463 0496@PatriciaHarless
Rep. Hernandez, Ana4S.2ana.hernandezluna@house.state.tx.us512 463 0614@AnaHdzTx
Rep. Herrero, AbelGW.6abel.herrero@house.state.tx.us512 463 0462@abelherrero
Rep. Howard, DonnaE1.420donna.howard@house.state.tx.us512 463 0631@DonnaHowardTX
Rep. Huberty, DanE2.722dan.huberty@house.state.tx.us512 463 0520@DanHuberty
Rep. Hughes, Bryan4S.5bryan.hughes@house.state.tx.us512 463 0271@RepHughes
Rep. Hunter, ToddGW.18todd.hunter@house.state.tx.us512 463 0672@Dist32StateRep
Rep. Isaac, JasonE1.414jason.isaac@house.state.tx.us512 463 0647@IsaacforTexas
Rep. Israel, CeliaE1.406celia.israel@house.state.tx.us512 463 0821@CeliaIsrael
Rep. Johnson, EricE1.204eric.johnson@house.state.tx.us512 463 0586@JohnsonForTexas
Rep. Kacal, KyleE2.420kyle.kacal@house.state.tx.us512 463 0412@kylekacal
Rep. Keffer, Jim1W.11james.keffer@house.state.tx.us512 463 0656
Rep. Keough, MarkE2.402mark.keough@house.state.tx.us512 463 0797
Rep. King, KenE2.416ken.king@house.state.tx.us512 463 0736@KingforTexas
Rep. King, Phil1N.5phil.king@house.state.tx.us512 463 0738@PhilKingTX
Rep. King, Susan LewisGN.12susan.king@house.state.tx.us512 463 0718
Rep. King, Tracy O.GW.7tracy.king@house.state.tx.us512 463 0194
Rep. Kleinschmidt, TimE2.806tim.kleinschmidt@house.state.tx.us512 463 0682@RepKleinschmidt
Rep. Klick, StephanieE2.716Stephanie.klick@house.state.tx.us512 463 0599@StephanieKlick
Rep. Koop, LindaE1.512linda.koop@house.state.tx.us512 463 0454@LindaKoopforTX
Rep. Krause, MattE2.212matt.krause@house.state.tx.us512 463 0562@RepMattKrause
Rep. Kuempel, JohnE2.422john.kuempel@house.state.tx.us512 463 0602
Rep. Landgraf, BrooksE1.312brooks.landgraf@house.state.tx.us512 463 0546@BrooksLandgraf
Rep. Larson, LyleE2.406lyle.larson@house.state.tx.us512 463 0646@RepLyleLarson
Rep. Laubenberg, Jodie Ann1N.7District89.Laubenberg@house.state.tx.us512 463 0186
Rep. Leach, JeffE1.314jeff.leach@house.state.tx.us512 463 0544@leachfortexas
Rep. Longoria, OscarE1.510Oscar.longoria@house.state.tx.us512 463 0645@OscarLongoria35
Rep. Lozano, J. M.E2.908jose.lozano@house.state.tx.us512 463 0463@votejmlozano
Rep. Lucio, Eddie, IIIE1.320eddie.lucio_iii@house.state.tx.us512 463 0606@TXRepE3
Rep. Márquez, MarisaE2.822marisa.marquez@house.state.tx.us512 463 0638@MarisaMarquez
Rep. Martinez, A. “Mando”4N.4mando.martinez@house.state.tx.us512 463 0530@amtz059
Rep. Martinez Fischer, Trey1W.3tery.martinezfischer@house.state.tx.us512 463 0616@TMFtx
Rep. McClendon, Ruth Jones3S.2ruth.mcclendon@house.state.tx.us512 463 0708
Rep. Menéndez, JoséGW.5jose.menendez@house.state.tx.us512 463 0634
Rep. Metcalf, WillE2.704will.metcalf@house.state.tx.us512 463 0726@willmetcalfTX
Rep. Meyer, MorganE1.418morgan.meyer@house.state.tx.us512 463 0367
Rep. Miles, Borris L.E2.718borris.miles@house.state.tx.us512 463 0518@borrislmiles
Rep. Miller, DougGN.10doug.miller@house.state.tx.us512 463 0325
Rep. Miller, RickE2.312rick.miller@house.state.tx.us512 463 0710@vote4rick
Rep. Moody, JoeE2.214joe.moody@house.state.tx.us512 463 0728@moodyforelpaso
Rep. Morrison, Geanie1N.9geanie.morrison@house.state.tx.us512 463 0456
Rep. Muñoz, Sergio, Jr.E1.508sergio.munoz@house.state.tx.us512 463 0704@SergioMunozJr
Rep. Murphy, JimE1.408jim.murphy@house.state.tx.us512 463 0514@JimMurphy133
Rep. Murr, AndrewE1.412andrew.murr@house.state.tx.us512 463 0536
Rep. Naishtat, ElliottGW.16elliott.naishtat@house.state.tx.us512 463 0668@ElliottNaishtat
Rep. Nevárez, PonchoE1.306poncho.Nevarez@house.state.tx.us512 463 0566@poncho_nevarez
Rep. Oliveira, Rene3N.6rene.oliveira@house.state.tx.us512 463 0640@ReneOOliveira
Rep. Otto, JohnE1.504john.otto@house.state.tx.us512 463 0570
Rep. Paddie, ChrisE2.412chris.paddie@house.state.tx.us512 463 0556@chrispaddie
Rep. Parker, TanE2.602tan.parker@house.state.tx.us512 463 0688@tparker63
Rep. Paul, DennisE2.814----
512 463 0734
Rep. Pena, GilbertE1.416gilbert.pena@house.state.tx.us512 463 0460@GilbertPena49
Rep. Phelan, DadeE1.324dade.phelan@house.state.tx.us512 463 0706@DadePhelan
Rep. Phillips, Larry4N.5larry.phillips@house.state.tx.us512 463 0297
Rep. Pickett, Joe1W.5joe.pickett@house.state.tx.us512 463 0596
Rep. Price, FourE2.610four.price@house.state.tx.us512 463 0470@FourPriceTX
Rep. Raney, JohnE2.706john.raney@house.state.tx.us512 463 0698@ElectJohnRaney
Rep. Raymond, Richard Peña1W.4richard.raymond@house.state.tx.us512 463 0558
Rep. Reynolds, RonE2.306ron.reynolds@house.state.tx.us512 463 0494@ronereynolds
Rep. Riddle, Debbie4N.7debbie.riddle@house.state.tx.us512 463 0572@debbieriddle
Rep. Rinaldi, MattE1.422matt.rinaldi@house.state.tx.us512 463 0468@MattRinaldiTX
Rep. Rodriguez, Eddie4S.6eddie.rodriguez@house.state.tx.us512 463 0674@EddieforTexas
Rep. Rodriguez, JustinE1.212justin.rodriguez@house.state.tx.us512 463 0669@RepJRod
Rep. Romero, Ramon, Jr.E1.208ramon.romero@house.state.tx.us512 463 0740@RamonRomeroJr90
Rep. Rose, ToniE2.302toni.rose@house.state.tx.us512 463 0664
Rep. Sanford, ScottE2.210scott.sanford@house.state.tx.us512 463 0356@Scott_SanfordTX
Rep. Schaefer, MattE2.510matt.schaefer@house.state.tx.us512 463 0584
Rep. Schofield, MikeE2.316mike.schofield@house.state.tx.us512 463 0528@MikeSchofieldTX
Rep. Shaheen, MattE1.322matt.shaheen@house.state.tx.us512 463 0594@MattShaheen
Rep. Sheets, KennethE1.404kenneth.sheets@house.state.tx.us512 463 0244@RepKenSheets
Rep. Sheffield, J. D.E2.320jd.sheffield@house.state.tx.us512 463 0628@dr_sheffield
Rep. Simmons, RonE2.712ron.simmons@house.state.tx.us512 463 0478@RonSimmonsTexas
Rep. Simpson, DavidE2.502david.simpson@house.state.tx.us512 463 0750@davidsimpsontx
Rep. Smith, WayneGN.8wayne.smith@house.state.tx.us512 463 0733
Rep. Smithee, John T.1W.10john.smithee@house.state.tx.us512 463 0702
Rep. Spitzer, StuartE1.316stuart.spitzer@house.state.tx.us512 463 0458@Spitzer4TXRep
Rep. Springer, DrewE2.410drew.springerjr@house.state.tx.us512 463 0526@DrewSpringer
Rep. Stephenson, PhilE2.906phil.stephenson@house.state.tx.us512 463 0604
Rep. Stickland, JonathanE1.402jonathan.strickland@house.state.tx.us512 463 0522@RepStickland
Rep. Straus, Joe2W.13joe.straus@house.state.tx.us512 463 1000SpeakerStraus
Rep. Thompson, EdE2.506ed.thompson@house.state.tx.us512 463 0707@RepEdThompson
Rep. Thompson, Senfronia3S.6senfronia.thompson@house.state.tx.us512 463 0720
Rep. Tinderholt, TonyE1.216tony.tinderholt@house.state.tx.us512 463 0624@Tony_Tinderholt
Rep. Turner, ChrisE2.318chris.turner@house.state.tx.us512 463 0574@ChrisGTurner
Rep. Turner, ScottE1.318scott.turner@house.state.tx.us512 463 0484@ScottTurnerTx
Rep. Turner, SylvesterGW.15sylvester.turner@house.state.tx.us512 463 0554
Rep. VanDeaver, GaryE1.310gary.vandeaver@house.state.tx.us512 463 0692
Rep. Villalba, JasonE2.404jason.villalba@house.state.tx.us512 463 0576@jasonvillalba
Rep. Vo, Hubert4N.8hubert.vo@house.state.tx.us512 463 0568
Rep. Walle, ArmandoE1.304armando.walle@house.state.tx.us512 463 0924@RepWalle
Rep. White, JamesE2.204james.white@house.state.tx.us512 463 0490@James_E_White
Rep. White, MollyE2.702molly.white@house.state.tx.us512 463 0630@MollyWhiteTX
Rep. Workman, PaulE2.902paul.workman@house.state.tx.us512 463 0652@paulworkman
Rep. Wray, JohnE1.220john.wray@house.state.tx.us512 463 0516
Rep. Wu, GeneE2.810gene.wu@house.state.tx.us512 463 0492@genefortexas
Rep. Zedler, William “Bill”GS.2bill.zedler@house.state.tx.us512 463 0374@bill_zedler
Rep. Zerwas, John M.E2.308john.zerwas@house.state.tx.us512 463 0657@RepJohnZerwas

Licensed Open Carry – SB 348

open-carry-utah1Last week, Senator Estes introduced SB 348.  This legislation aims to create open carry laws from our existing concealed handgun license laws.  The result will provide the option for CHL holders to carry concealed or openly.  The ‘concealed’ will be dropped wherever currently used, so a Concealed Handgun License would become a Handgun License.

Many second amendment advocates believe requiring a license to carry a gun violates second amendment, and would like to do away with licensing.  This is commonly known as ‘Constitutional Carry’.  (for example Senator Huffines‘ bill SB 342)

Win Rates vs Liberal-Conservative Ranking

This chart shows the win rate of the Texas Representatives compared to their liberal-conservative score.  Blue lines are Democrats, red are Republicans, with green being people who voted for Scott Turner.  (source: Mark P. Jones on twitter)


A few personal observations: Continue reading “Win Rates vs Liberal-Conservative Ranking”