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Important Legislation Texans Need to Know About

Perspectives  February 24 2013
 — By CJ Grisham
Important Legislation Texans Need to Know About

We want to bring to your attention the following bills that have been recently filed:

HB 1076, Relating to certain firearms, firearm accessories and firearm ammunition within the State of Texas; providing an exemption from federal regulation and providing penalties. The bill has been assigned committee, but no discussion is scheduled yet. This is a good bill for Texas that calls for the protection of 2nd Amendment rights for Texans. It’s a shame that we need such a bill in this country, isn’t it? Unfortunately, we do, so people need to contact committee members (Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility, Select) and your elected Texas State legislators and urge support.

SB 2, Relating to charter schools and home-rule charter school districts, including establishment of the Charter School Authorizing Authority. This bill has received a hearing and is left pending in committee. This is a good start for addressing a very important issue of school choice. It’s important that you contact your representatives and committee members (Education) to vote the bill out of committee.

HB 149, Relating to the Texas Liberty Preservation Act; providing penalties. This is an important nullification bill that responds to the most recent re-authorization of the NDAA that permits the president “to detain, without charge, any person, including a citizen of the United States or a lawful resident alien, regardless of whether the person is apprehended inside or outside the borders of the United States.” The bill protects and exercises the rights reserved to the states in the 10th Amendment and challenges the constitutionality of the NDAA. I highly recommend you support this bill and contact committee members (Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility, Select) to demand they schedule a public hearing.

HB 1568, Relating to funding under the Foundation School Program for a school district that offers insurance benefits to a person who is not a dependent of a district employee. This bill protects traditional family values and promote virtue. Please click the link and contact the authors and co-authors of the bill to express your support. The bill has been filed, but not yet assigned to a committee.

HJR 48, Proposing a constitutional amendment relating to the rights of individuals to choose or decline to choose to purchase health insurance coverage. This is another important nullification bill that I urge you to strongly support. Specifically, this bill nullifies Obamacare and any future federal scheme to encroach upon 9th and 10th Amendment rights. It recognizes that “each individual in this state has the right to choose or decline to choose to purchase health insurance coverage without penalty or sanction or threat of penalty or sanction.” Please contact your state legislators and committee members (Federalism & Fiscal Responsibility, Select) to express your support.

HB 607, Relating to the creation of the offense of employing an individual not lawfully present in the United States. This bill makes it an offense to employ illegal aliens and establishes penalties for those that do. Businesses violating this law would be punishable by a fine of not more than $10,000 for the first offense and a fine of not more than $20,000 or less than $10,000 for each subsequent offense. Everyone knows that I’m opposed to illegal aliens, but I have to urge everyone to oppose this bill and I’ll tell you why. It’s the job of the federal government to enforce the laws in this country. Why is it okay for the federal government to disobey the law, but not the general public? As long as there is a market – a market created by an incompetent federal government – businesses will employ people at the cheapest rate they can get. This is good for business and consumers. What should be a crime is businesses that employ people and do NOT pay payroll taxes or other fees associated with hiring employees. If Texas doesn’t want businesses to hire illegal aliens, then Texas needs to secure its borders. I know that I probably stand on the wrong side of this issue with many of my friends, but I urge you to oppose it. Either way, contact your state legislators and committee members (State Affairs) to express your opinion on this bill.

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