Texas Privacy Act

Summer’s Gone – Legislature Adjourns Early – Results

Yes, summer’s gone as the Beach Boys’ mournful ode to the waning days of hot summer days reminds us (not yet in South Texas!) and so is the summer special season at the state capitol. “Sine die” adjournment was abruptly called by the Texas House leadership a day early last Tuesday, August 15th. By prematurely adjourning the Texas House without warning before the scheduled time and arrogantly ignoring the objections from the floor, denying members the right to vote on the early adjournment, Straus ensured the demise of the Governor’s priority legislation such as property tax reform, paycheck protection, privacy…


Pastors’ Rallying Cry: ‘Let the House Vote!’

Over a hundred pastors and concerned Texans – fathers, mothers, daughters, people of faith representing millions of conservative Texans  with  deeply held traditional values – came together from all over Texas last Thursday, a hot and muggy mid-morning,  on the steps of the Capitol to voice their unified support for the Texas Privacy Act (SB3) passed by the State Senate last month and currently languishing in the House under the leadership of Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) and State Affairs Committee Chairman Byron Cook (R-Corsicana).  The often repeated rallying cry led by the speakers was “Let the House Vote!” with…


High Stakes Showdown in Austin

The 2017 Texas legislative special session will begin next week on July 18th at the state Capitol. Governor Greg Abbott underscored his frustration in his announcement on June 6th expressing that a “special session was entirely avoidable, and there was plenty of time for the legislature to forge compromises to avoid the time and taxpayer expense of a special session.” The 30 day summer session has a substantial agenda pinpointing twenty legislative priorities of the Governor that were left undone in the 140 day regular session which ended in May. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick was more direct in his assessment…


San Antonio Mayor Opposes Texas Privacy Act SB6 (aka Bathroom Bill)

If you are following the National and Texas laws on who gets to use which public bathrooms, then you are fully aware that the Texas Privacy Act, Senate Bill 6 (SB 6) has become quite “controversial” because those who oppose the bill say it discriminates against transgendered persons. It is hard to follow this train of thought since it is just common sense that there is a threat allowing men in women’s bathrooms, making girls vulnerable. The Texas Senate began a public hearing on the proposed legislation on Tuesday, March 7th and people were still giving testimony at 3:00 am…


The Texas Privacy Act (Bathroom Bill) is about Public Safety

Gender-free bathrooms are being debated in a lot of places — except, we learned today, the U.S. Supreme Court. In a one sentence order, the eight justices on America’s highest bench pulled out of the fray, sending the highest profile case back to the lower courts — and liberals back to the drawing board. For the Left, which relies on the courts to do what lawmakers will not, it was a huge blow to an agenda the majority of America rejects. With 43 words, the justices drove home the importance of the White House’s decision to send the issue back…