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Legislation to Ban Sanctuary Cities Heading to Governor Abbott’s Desk

May 5, 2017

AUSTIN – Senate Bill 4, legislation to ban sanctuary cities in Texas, was sent in final form by the Legislature on May 4th to Governor Abbott for his signature. The bill was authored by Senator Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), and co-authored by every member of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, and has been a long time legislative priority of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.

Banning sanctuary cities is about stopping officials who have sworn to enforce the law from helping people who commit terrible crimes evade immigration detainers,” said Senator Perry. “Senate Bill 4 protects all Texans though uniform application of the law without prejudice. We welcome people from all over the world who immigrate to our country legally, but it is imperative that we uphold the rule of law and keep our communities safe.”

Among other things, Senate bill 4 includes a provision to hold local leaders such as police chiefs, sheriffs, and constables accountable, but subjecting them to a Class A misdemeanor, if they refuse to cooperate with federal officials and honor detainer requests from immigration agents. The legislation also creates civil penalties, which could be as high as $25,000 for failure to comply.

Sanctuary cities and counties undermine the rule of law and jeopardize the safety of all Texans,” stated Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston). “It is disappointing that some liberal sheriffs and police chiefs just don’t do the simple thing that the public wants, which is follow the law and get these criminal illegal aliens off the streets.”

In a January letter from the Texas Senate Republican Caucus to Travis County Sherriff Sally Hernandez, who previously announced she would no longer fully comply with detainer requests, the Caucus highlighted the impact criminal illegal aliens have on Texas. The letter stated: “According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as reported by the Texas Department of Public Safety, there have been over 210,000 criminal illegal aliens processed in Texas jails since June 1, 2011. These individuals have been charged with more than 559,000 crimes, including over 16,000 counts of burglary, nearly 700 counts of kidnapping, and nearly 67,000 counts of drug charges.”

Sen. Perry continued, “I want to thank my colleagues in the Senate and House, especially Representative Geren for carrying the bill in the House. I also want to thank Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. Governor Dan Patrick, Attorney General Ken Paxton, and Speaker Straus for their commitment to banning sanctuary cities in Texas.”

Governor Abbott is widely expected to quickly sign Senate Bill 4, and even tweeted out after the vote that he was “warming up his signing pen.” Chairman Bettencourt concluded, “It looks like the Governor’s signing pen won’t have to wait very long!”

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The time to act is now! Everyday Texans are being taxed out of their homes and their business are barely staying afloat with rising property taxes. Senate Bill 2 (by Chairman Paul Bettencourt) recognizes the obvious, that taxpayers cannot take it anymore. Property taxes are rising two to three times faster than Texans' ability to pay.

The Texas Senate has passed Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Relief Act of 2019.

Taxpayers in Dallas have been crushed with an average 55% increase on their property tax bills in just five years with a 15% increase just this year. That is a pattern that is repeating all across the State.

SB 2 offers hope to Texans and as noted by Senator Flores it gives all Texans hope that they will get to keep their little piece of the Texas sky.

Read Senate Bill 2 here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB00002E.htm
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Not sure I have a good handle on this. Businesses are paying taxes that they pass on to their customers. Homeowners are paying taxes, mostly school taxes, of which teachers are getting a very small part. So, the legislation is going to lower those taxes by increasing sales taxes so that everyone is paying these taxes, because the legislators can’t seem to figure out how to give less money to people throw it away or don’t deserve it in the first place. (Pause for breath.) This is either very close to what the socialists are spouting, or some of that new math that none understands anyway. (Scratching my head)

Definition of Relief: removal or lightening of something oppressive, painful, or distressing .... So no “relief” just permission to go up a certain amount on property taxes every year without public vote. 😡

Legalize Marijuana and save millions of tax dollars, won't need to raise home taxes

Nothing but smoke and mirrors.

Presidio county has been doubling and tripling theirs since 2013. Highway robbery

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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Mark does Kati likes Margaritas let me know

Will never trust a Democrat! They lie.

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.

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