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, 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, 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”

Contact List – Senate – Texas 84th

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

Sen. Bettencourt, 463-0107Education, Finance, Higher Education, Intergovernmental,
Sen. Birdwell, 463-0122Natural Resources, Nominations, State Affairs, Veteran Affairs, Border Security@SenatorBirdwell
Sen. Burton, 463-0110Criminal Justice, Higher Education, Nominations, Veteran Affairs@KonniBurton
Sen. Campbell, 463-0125Admin, Education, Health, Intergovernmental, Veteran Affairs@DonnaCampbellTX
Sen. Creighton, 463-0104Agriculture, Business, Criminal Justice, State Affairs, @SenCreighton
Sen. Ellis, 463-0113Business, State Affairs, Transportation, @rodneyellis
Sen. Eltife, 463-0101Admin, Business, Finance,
Sen. Estes, 463-0130Health, Natural Resources, Nominations, State Affairs, @EstesForTexas
Sen. Fraser, 463-0124Natural Resources, Nominations, State Affairs, Transportation,
Sen. Garcia, Sylvia 463-0106Education, Intergovernmental, Transportation, Veteran Affairs@SenatorSylvia
Sen. Hall, 463-0102Agriculture, Natural Resources, Transportation, Veteran Affairs, Border Security
Sen. Hancock, 463-0109Admin, Finance, Natural Resources, Transportation, @KHancock4TX
Sen. Hinojosa, Juan “Chuy” 463-0120Agriculture, Criminal Justice, Finance, Natural Resources, @TxChuy
Sen. Huffines, 463-0116Admin, Business, Education, Transportation, @DonHuffines
Sen. Huffman, 463-0117Criminal Justice, Finance, State Affairs, @joanhuffman
Sen. Kolkhorst, Lois 463-0118Agriculture, Education, Finance, Health, Transportation, @loiskolkhorst
Sen. Lucio, Eddie, 463-0127Education, Intergovernmental, Natural Resources, Veteran Affairs, Border Security@SenatorLucio
Sen. Nelson, 463-0112Finance, State Affairs, @SenJaneNelson
Sen. Nichols, 463-0103Finance, Intergovernmental, Natural Resources, Transportation,
Sen. Perry, CharlesE1.810(512) 463-0128Agriculture, Criminal Justice, Health, Higher Education, @electcharles
Sen. Rodríguez, José 463-0129Agriculture, Education, Health, Nominations, Veteran Affairs@Josefortexas
Sen. Schwertner, 463-0105Admin, Business, Finance, Health, State Affairs, @DrSchwertner
Sen. Seliger, 463-0131Business, Education, Finance, Higher Education, Natural Resources, @kseliger
Sen. Taylor, 463-0111Business,Education, Finance, Intergovernmental, @Taylor4Senate
Sen. Taylor, VanE1.708(512) 463-0108Education, Health, Nominations, Transportation, @VanTaylorTX
Sen. Uresti, 463-0119Admin, Finance, Health, Natural Resources, @CarlosUresti
Sen. Van de Putte, 463-0126Criminal Justice, Higher Education, Intergovernmental, @leticiavdp
Sen. Watson, 463-0114Business, Finance, Higher Education, Nominations, @KirkPWatson
Sen. West, 463-0123Admin, Education, Finance, Higher Education, @SenRoyceWest
Sen. Whitmire, 463-0115Business, Criminal Justice, Finance, @whitmire_john
Sen. Zaffirini, 463-0121Agriculture, Health, Natural Resources, State Affairs, @JudithZaffirini


Two Gun Nullification Bills Filed Today by DFW Representatives

Two DFW area representatives filed strong second-amendment protection bills today:

Matt Krause, (R-Ft. Worth) filed House Bill 422 (HB422).  This bill would require that Texas refuse to enforce almost all federal gun control measures enacted at anytime – past, present or future.

Craig Goldman (R-Ft. Worth) filed House Bill 413 (HB413).  This bill declares all federal restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms to be “invalid” and “not enforceable” within the state of Texas.

These bills will need strong grassroots support to pass.

read more at:


A Coincidence? 3 of 5 Pledge Letters are Identical

When the 84th Texas House of Representatives opens for business at noon on Tuesday Straus_3January 13, 2015 the first order of business will be to elect one member (out of 150 members) to serve as the presiding officer of the Texas House; the House Speaker (a.k.a. the gatekeeper of legislation to be passed). A simple majority vote is required (76 of the 150 members).

Is it a coincidence that within the past week, 42 of the 98 Turner_1Republicans in the House have signed pledge letters to vote for 3-term incumbent Rep. Joe Straus as Speaker and not for Rep. Scott Turner? Turner announced his intent to run for Speaker against the incumbent Straus this summer. One could suppose these recent pledge letters are a coincidence.

But how much of a coincidence could it be that three of five pledge letters have identical sentences in the publicly released statements…: Continue reading “A Coincidence? 3 of 5 Pledge Letters are Identical”

Introduction to NTCL-Sat. Sept 6th (1-2pm)

Becoming MORE effective with your government

Mission Statement of the North Texas Citizens Lobby:
“Through education and active civic participation, restore limited government that benefits all and shows preference to none.”

Join us!
In 1 hour we will present an overview of what the North Texas Citizens Lobby did in the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, and what we’re planning for the 84th Session (begins Jan. 13, 2015)

We want to share our model with you and invite you to see where you can make a difference.

Join us!
Sat. Sept 6th (1:00pm – 2:00pm)
Spring Creek BBQ-McKinney
1993 North Central Expressway
(at Highway 380)
McKinney, TX 75070

NTCL networks with citizen lobbyists in 7 north Texas counties, working together to watch what government is doing, engaging with government, and reporting it when there is still a window of opportunity for US to do something about it – not after the fact (like the 5:00 news report).  We ARE the news!

Join us Saturday, Sept 6th, from 1:00-2:00pm in McKinney, and bring a friend!

We’ll stick around for an hour afterwards, to answer any questions.