Platform Advocacy Committee Letter to the Texas Legislature

Austin, TX, Release: May 1, 2023 — For Immediate Release

From: Platform Advocacy Committee Chairman Matt Patrick

To: Senators, Representatives, and Staff,

Allow me to introduce the Platform Advocacy (PA) Committee. We are a new SREC Committee created to educate on and advance the common sense planks that were overwhelmingly approved by Republicans from across Texas but which are not covered by our top 8 Legislative Priorities Committee.

We believe in letting the legislative process work and have remained silent until now to allow you to work out bills in committee. With the committee process now coming to an end, we are pleased to announce our support for the following bills, which have been reported out of committee and are in alignment with the Republican Party of Texas Platform.  As we continue to move through session we will issue additional support for other committee-approved bills.  Finally, we want to express our gratitude to all of the Authors for their hard work supporting the citizens of Texas and the Party Platform:

House Bills

Bill Number Topic Author Platform Plank #
HB 44 No discrimination for lack of vax Swanson, Klick, 137
HB 65 Illegal border crossing Spiller, Holland, Bell, Keith 259c
HB  81 Vax Informed Consent Harrison/Klick 152, 163, 137
HB 200 Coordinating Council for Attorneys Leach 187
HB 609 Business liability from pandemic Vasut 67, 225, 137  
HB 911 Authority during disaster Harrison 21, 196
HB 1804 Reform Education instruction material Leo-Wilson 112, 113
HB 2273 Oppose communism in TEKs Oliverson 112
HB 3538 Banning Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying Troxclair 232
HB 3614 Chaplains can serve as school counselors Hefner 108
HB 2389 ESOP business structure Shine 51

Senate Bills

Bill Number Title Author Platform Plank #
SB 2 Illegal voting penalties Hughes et al. 242g
SB 3 Ad valorem taxes Bettencourt et al. 91
SB 6 Secure power grid Schwertner, King, Kolkhorst 54
SB 7 Reliability of  Power grid Schwertner, King 54
SB 8 School ESA Creighton, Bettencourt, et al. 101
SB 20 DAs must follow the law Huffman, Parker 181, 187
SB 147 Secure ownership of Texas land Kolkhorst  222
SB 175 Banning Taxpayer-Funded lobbying Middleton 232
SB 177 Vax Informed Consent Middleton 152  
SB 242 Protect Texas from Federal mandates Middleton 33
SB 265 Reporting on adverse vax events Perry 137
SB 330 Electric Grid Security Hall 54
SB 403 Study of COVID vax Springer 137
SB 426 Patient access to off-label COVID treatments Paxton 138, 142
SB 853 Relating to electricity service Hancock 54
SB 921 Bans Ranked-Choice Voting Hughes 246
SB 1024 No mask or COVID vax mandates Kolkhorst 137
SB 1396 Religious study Middleton 31
SB 1515 10 Commandments King 31
SB 1562 Child grooming Hancock, Huffman 208
SB 2014 Relating to renewable electric capacity King et al. 54
SB 2015 Relating to goals for electric generation capacity King et al. 54

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