Legislative Priorities Report for July 2, 2021
Independence Day takes on an especially significant meaning this year as we watch our freedoms being challenged by the socialist progressive left who are intent on herding us toward totalitarianism. In the Republican Party, we cherish our God-given liberties and look to government to protect those rights, not take them away. For the first time in our lifetimes, we are witnessing an administration in Washington D.C. that appears to be hostile to the American people.
This reality is what makes our state Republican Party Legislative Priorities so critical.
Many of our constituents in our districts have been asking the State Republican Executive Committee Legislative Priorities Committee members for an assessment of our legislators’ support of our Legislative Priorities, and, we have now completed this report.
Every two years, at the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) state convention, our delegates vote on the priorities the Party will advocate for during the upcoming legislative session. These priorities begin at the local level when delegates to the precinct conventions can submit resolutions on issues of concern. These resolutions are moved up to the district/county convention, where delegates vote on the ones to be sent to the state convention.
At the state level, resolutions are given to the Legislative Priorities Committee, which is made up of delegates from each Senate District in the state. This committee discusses these resolutions and takes public testimony from delegates. The issues are narrowed down to a list given to the state delegates to rank.
During this past convention, 15 issues were presented to the delegates, and the top 8 were chosen by thousands of state delegates as our Legislative Priorities for the 87th Legislative Session.
These Legislative Priorities are:
- Election Integrity
- Religious Freedom
- Children and Gender Modification (banning medical practices)
- Abolition of Abortion
- Constitutional Carry
- Monument Protection
- School Choice for All
- Ban Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying
The responsibility of the Legislative Priorities Committee is to work with our State Legislators in promoting passage of bills supporting these priorities. To that end, we have produced a report assessing the support of our Legislative Priorities by each of our legislators in the Senate and the House during this past regular session.
Please note that this assessment is limited to the eight legislative priorities. There are of course, many other important issues of concern to Republican voters, but our committee is limited to just those priorities chosen by our state delegates. For a table of the bills passed for our Legislative Priorities, click here.
To see the report, click here. Please read the methodology page first to understand the context of the individual information for each Representative and Senator.
We were honored to work with several of our Representatives and Senators and their staff this session who were committed to our priorities, and we want to thank them for their efforts to carry out the will of the Republican voters of Texas. We hope this report will be informative to you and serve to further the dialogue with our legislators on the importance of our RPT Legislative Priorities.
Otherwise, Special Session begins July 8, and we are still waiting to hear from Governor Abbott what items will be on the call. The Governor is the sole decision-maker for what the Legislature will address during the session.
Please continue to call the Governor and ask him to add our priorities that were not addressed during the Regular Session. These include banning Child Gender Modification practices, School Choice, Monument Protection, and Ban Taxpayer Funded Lobbying. We know there are other critical issues to Texans such as border security and immigration, property taxes, and reigning in executive overreach. Please let him know what is important to you.
Governor Abbott: 512-463-2000
So much is at stake right now for our state and our nation. Your voice is critical in standing for freedom for ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren. We pray for God’s blessings on our efforts.
For God and Texas,
SREC, SD 12
Chair, SREC Legislative Priorities Committee
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