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Texas Senate Unanimously Passes Bipartisan Law to End Cyberbullying

May 4, 2017

AUSTIN – With a unanimous 31-0 vote, the Texas Senate passed SB 179, known as “David’s Law”, to put a stop to cyberbullying in Texas. “David’s Law” is named for David Molak, a San Antonio area teen who tragically committed suicide after relentless cyberbullying.

The Senate passed SB 179 in David’s memory and in honor of all Texas families who have had their lives tragically impacted by the consequences of bullying,” said Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), a co-author of the bill. “Not only did the Senate vote to enforce stricter penalties for cyberbullying today, we did so unanimously. This vote shows the powerful influence we can have when we all work together, and it would not have been possible without the passion and persistence of so many families who were willing to take their tragedy and turn it into a victory for others.”

David’s Law, among other things, requires school district’s board of trustees to adopt policy and procedures regarding cyberbullying, as well as makes it a criminal offense, with possible jail time, for repeat offenders, as well as those who cyberbully a victim under 18 years old intending to cause suicide or self-harm.

The bipartisan “David’s Law” was authored by Senator Jose Menendez (D-San Antonio) who gave an impassioned floor speech, including reading personal stories of those impacted by cyberbullying, such as a leukemia patient who was being harassed by anonymous social media accounts offering “ideas on how to kill yourself.” “Law enforcement told me that current law is not enough…I believe we have the responsibility to act before more children take their lives,” said Senator Menendez. “The bullies now are on our children’s phones and on their computers.”

“It is important for the public to know that while occasionally our work in the Texas Senate falls on party lines, it is good for Texas kids when the Senate comes together on an important bipartisan vote such as this,” concluded Texas Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston).

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I have a special religious liberty message for the Easter Weekend. I am proud of all my 19 Republican Collegues that voted to provide Texas license holders some protection for deeply help religious beliefs.

We were joined by Senator Lucio (D-Brownsville) as well because this common sense law is supported by the vast majority of Texans. Discrimination should not apply to any person in Texas in the 21st Century!

Speaking in favor, elegantly, is Senate Bill 17 author, Senator Perry (R-Lubbock) as well as Senators Paxton (R-McKinney) and Hancock (R-North Richland Hills). Listen to them now and read more about the bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00017E.htm

Chair Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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Good idea. Wish you folks felt as strongly about the 2nd Amendment. But the caucus is clueless and stupid when it comes to representing those that elected you. Caring only about business special interests.

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus held a joint press conference with U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz and Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick on Caucus Chair, Paul Bettencourt’s, Senate Resolution 535 that declared the Crisis at the Texas-Mexico International Border an Emergency.

Senator Bettencourt (R-Houston) remarked, “The Texas Senate recognizes the obvious, the obvious is that there is a crisis on the border.” Senator Cornyn (R-TX), commented on the rising interdictions, “When it hits 200,000 will that be enough to acknowledge the obvious?” Senator Cruz (R-TX) pointed out that, “In six months we have seen nearly as many people apprehended in all of the preceding year.” Lieutenant Governor Patrick (R-TX) stated, “Since 2011 we have documentation of 1,761 dead migrants that we have recovered in Texas, many in Brooks County.”

State Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston), stated, “35,000 unaccompanied children, vulnerable to the sex trade, arrived in the last year.” State Senator Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), commented, “Over 100,000 migrants crossed our border illegally just last month, that is a crisis.” State Senator Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton) added, “We and our constituents are at our wits end. The border today is not the border of my youth.”

When asked what the difference was between Democrats and Republicans on this issue, Chairman Bettencourt responded, "That we voted for the Resolution and we took a stand on the crisis at the border."

Read the full resolution here: bit.ly/2PhXaWz
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Where’s Abbott at

Yes sir way way too much ch talking

I look at the border wall as Black Friday as entering the store for good deals....... rush in before they are gone........ e.g. social security, health benefits........only difference is ONES FREE THE OTHER NOT!!

Good grief. Use a brain cell or two. Stopping immigration is not the purpose of a wall. It is to make people use the gate so the immigration can be controlled and LEGAL

Maybe a little less talk and a lot more action is in order? Time to put a stop to illegal entry into the United States!

It’s been a crisis since 1968

So they just now recognise there is a crisis? Most people saw this coming months ago and knew something needed to be done then. I guess better late than never.

Proud of Texas and NM people for trying to stop the invasion of illegals!

Call out the NATIONAL GUARD. Or let the MILITA tack charge

Save lives on both sides of the border. Build the wall protect us all.

BUILD THE WALL!!!!!

Love to see Made in America again!!!

Didn’t see anything in the Houston Chronicle about this. The media is pathetic, a million people could come across in a day and they would not report.

Let’s face it !! No body is listening to the people who pay taxes and vote,! Politicians are out for themselves to be millionaires!!😡😡(Ronnie )

Oh please !! A wall will do nothing to stop migration!!

Then do something . MASS DEPORTATION

Closed the border and build the wall now

About dam time !!!

I remember years ago calling John Cornyn’s office to let him know he would never get my vote again and guess what it was over? The border wall and he would not vote for it. These jokers think the American public forgets over the years so they keep on getting elected.

Question: if the Empress and her cohorts don't care whether a pre-born or surviving aborted child lives or dies, why would they care about illegal border crossers?

having their little convention to figure how they are going to screw the people more

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Cornyn, you haven’t done jack about this problem except stand behind individual Mitch McConald in congress at photo ops.

Get with plan John Cornyn

Cronyn probably dealing with Drug Cartel all about Money 😡

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