Texas CAN Protect the Constitution, Like Montana Did

The broad and vague wording of the “Convention of States Project” application for an Article V convention to propose amendments has the power to amend one word or all words.  That is the reason the bill’s author in Montana withdrew his bill from consideration on Feb 15, 2017.

TEXAS NEEDS TO DO THE SAME

Texas legislators should follow and find comfort in the principled actions of Montana…
Here’s the official audio from that committee hearing, with time stamps of the compelling arguments:

Montana – HJ 8 – COS application http://montanalegislature.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?clip_id=21870&meta_id=192240

Rep. Brad Tschida (R) Bill sponsor’s opening remarks 15:00 – 18:20
Rep. Brad Tschida (R) Bill sponsor’s closing remarks 1:05:20 – 1:09:25

Compelling Testimony AGAINST Art. V Convention
Constitutional scholar, Robert Brown’s testimony 31:45 – 37:22
Follow-up questions for constitutional scholar Robert Brown 56:30 – 1:05:16

Article V is not the tool to reign in a rogue federal body.
Article VI is the correct and peaceful tool to reign in a rogue federal body.
See how the “Simulated” Art. V convention produced UN-intended consequences using the COS application: https://tinyurl.com/joujps6 and accidentally EXPANDED federal powers through proposed amendments.

A Con Con; Texas Lacks Effective Sovereign Leadership & Integrity

If Gov. Abbott wants Texas to participate in a con con as he has stated in his Texas Plan, let’s examine those Texans 1787 Constitutional Conventionother than the governor, who would be a delegate to represent Texas at such a con con.

Rep. Phil King, chair of the House committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility- Select, authored a bill in 2015 which proposed how Texas would select her con con delegates.  As is often times the case, it’s not so much what the bill says as it is what the bill doesn’t say in the obvious sense. Continue reading “A Con Con; Texas Lacks Effective Sovereign Leadership & Integrity”

Why Texans don’t have faith in an Article V Convention

Texas has the independent power, without the advice or consent of any other state, to enforce the 10th Amendment

An Article V Convention won’t work to benefit the People because the same legislators who refuse to enforce the good parts in the current constitution will be the ones to propose new amendments.1787 Constitutional Convention

Did Joe Straus appoint Rep. Phil King to chair the House committee that would oversee 10th Amendment bills because King could be counted on to stall any and all good 10th Amendment action bills? Would Straus be a likely Texas delegate to an Article V Convention? The answer to both questions is a very possible yes. Continue reading “Why Texans don’t have faith in an Article V Convention”

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”

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”

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
Map:  http://springcreekbarbeque.com/mckinney.htm

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.

DPS is Violating Legislative Intent

-posted by Barbara Harless

The law states that individuals applying for original driver licenses, renewal drivers DPS fingerprint scannerlicenses, applicants applying for duplicate drivers licenses and personal identification certificates, must render thumbprints or index fingerprints (if a thumb is not available), along with an Image Verification System Photo (facial recognition photo).

The Texas DPS has been collecting full sets of 10 digit fingerprints, against legislative intent, since April that this blogger knows of.  Dave Lieber with the Dallas Morning News reports that all 10 digits were being collected as early as January 2014 (see DMN links below).

Here is the legislative history:

1967 HB 354 (60th Legislature) – Added thumbprints or index fingerprints (if a thumb was not available) requirement to Continue reading “DPS is Violating Legislative Intent”

Putting Teeth in the GOP Platform

Every two years, thousands (maybe millions) of volunteer hours go into crafting our Texas GOP Platform to represent the majority of about 9000 Republicans in the state of Texas. These 9000 volunteers are the delegates to our state convention.GOP Convention

Texas, being a red state, has seen many politicians benefit from running under the Republican banner in the Primary Election. They win, and they are a shoe-in when the straight party voters cast a ballot the following November. We know this is true because we label many of these politicians as RINOs (Republican In Name Only). Once they gain office, they execute their powers their own way.

How would you like to see a policy similar to the following adopted and enforced by the Republican Party of Texas?

“The Republican Party of Texas may vote to censure a Republican office holder for consistent actions taken in opposition to the core principles of the Republican Party of Texas as defined in our Platform. This censure may include a stipulation Continue reading “Putting Teeth in the GOP Platform”

9 Proposed Amendments – Put Through the Constitutional Test

Here is a taxpayer’s view of the intended and unintended consequences of the efforts of our noble Austin legislators.Constitution

First, one must read the proposed legislation because the brief explanatory statement of the nature of each proposed amendment listed on the ballot is not even close to addressing what is in the amendment. If a proposed amendment has enabling legislation (many do), the details of the amendment with taxing authority, penalties for violations, and other changes/additions to other state statutes may be found there. In short, you have to read the amendment/enabling bill to find out what’s in it and often times we have to pass the amendment/bill to find out what’s in it. On some of the proposed amendments, the enabling legislation is silent (deficient) in certain areas. Where there is silence in the enabling legislation, once the amendment is passed then it may be up to the courts to decide the intent of the author(s) of the amendment or enabling legislation. This is unfortunate but true.

Second, one should understand the Purpose and Consequences of laws.

Third, one should put each proposed amendment to the 3 question test of “constitutionality”. Continue reading “9 Proposed Amendments – Put Through the Constitutional Test”

Dorothy & Toto Finally “Got It” – Why Can’t Mark Levin?

Dorothy and crewIf you grew up in the 50’s or 60’s, you huddled around the television set once each year when Metro Goldwyn Mayer would air a musical titled, The Wizard of Oz. The musical trek from the Land of Oz to the Emerald City was a 2 hour televised fantasy trip down a yellow brick road to ask the Wizard of Oz to grant magical powers to those less fortunate souls; such as to grant a heart for the Tin Man, courage for the Lion, a brain for the Scarecrow, and a trip back to Kansas for Dorothy Gale and her little dog Toto (to be reunited with her Auntie Em and Uncle Henry). Follwoing advice from the Munchkins and Glinda the good witch, Dorothy and Toto follow the yellow brick road to the Emerald City to seek the help of the Wizard of Oz. Continue reading “Dorothy & Toto Finally “Got It” – Why Can’t Mark Levin?”