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Senate Republicans Pass the Privacy Act, SB 3, In A Bipartisan 21-10 Vote

July 25, 2017

Senator Kolkhorst spends a full day debating the issue with 10 Democrat Senators

AUSTIN – Despite slowdown tactics employed by Senate Democrats, the Texas Senate Republicans have continued their work to quickly pass the conservative legislative agenda outlined by Governor Abbott for the ongoing special legislative session. The Texas Senate today passed the Texas Privacy Act, Senate Bill 3, on second reading by a vote of 21-10. The bill is expected to pass on third reading tomorrow.

The Texas Senate has spent nearly nine hours debating the Texas Privacy Act, Senate Bill 3, by Senator Kolklhorst (R-Brenham). “This bill provides the safety and security that Texans expect,” Senator Kolkhorst stated. Senator Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville) spoke for and provided the lone Democrat vote for SB 3.

In an unusual move by Senate Democrats, a point of order was raised by Senator Watson (D-Austin) in an effort to kill the bill because the bill also mentions protections for Title IX women’s sports. When the Senate Parliamentarian ruled the point of order was “out of order”, Senator Watson appealed the ruling of the chair and called for a debate on the issue. Lt. Governor Patrick “vacated the chair” and Senator Hancock (R- North Richland Hills) presided over the debate. “It’s a privilege to be a member of the Texas Senate, a legislative body that prides itself on decorum and respect. Today’s proceedings reflected those principles,” said Senator Hancock.

At another point after Senate Democrats relied on now debunked statements from the Texas Association of Business, citing wildly speculative numbers on the possible impact to the Texas economy, Senator Bettencourt responded, “Each state used in the previous TAB study either didn’t pass legislation like SB 3, or relied on erroneous personal statements used as fact. Additionally, the Houston H.E.R.O. Ordinance defeat was somehow not a vote to keep men out of women’s restrooms.” He added later, “The Houston vote didn’t change Houston’s economy nor will today’s vote change Texas’ economy, as it is about privacy!”

Senator Kolkhorst highlighted the need for the Texas Privacy Act due to a “Dear Colleague” letter sent by former President Obama’s Department of Education to over 1,000 Texas ISDs which would have allowed men and women to shower together at school facilities based on their gender identity. Senator Huffman (R-Houston) added an amendment that besides a birth certificate, all three forms of Texas identification, a Texas Drivers License, a personal ID card, or a Concealed Handgun License would be added to SB 3 for identification purposes. “Common sense dictates we reference known Texas identification,” Senator Huffman added.

Senate Bill 3 requires that in public multi-occupancy restrooms or shower facilities, a person must use the facility that corresponds with their birth certificate. The bill further prohibits a political subdivision from establishing a policy or ordinance that would counteract this legislation. Also, the bill supports keeping Title IX women’s sports intact from men competing in women’s sports.

Senator Kolkhorst continued, “Lt. Governor Patrick has long expressed opposition to boys and girls showering together in schools. I believe that women’s sports have made great advances since Title IX. Most Texans and female athletes believe boys should not be able to participate in girl’s athletics. SB 3 ensures that schools will protect Title IX and women’s rights.”

“While the Senate spent a full day on the privacy bill, we will now go on working tonight to vote on the issues as Texans expect us to do,” concluded Senator Bettencourt.

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As Chairman of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus I want to recognize the finest group of Legislators in the United States. We're all proud of our accomplishments like Property Tax Reform and Relief, School Finance, School Safety, Hurricane Harvey Relief, Protecting Religious Liberty, Protecting Life, Securing Our Border, the Texas Budget and "Beer-To-Go."

These 18 Senators, under the leadership of Lt. Governor Patrick, enacted these conservative solutions to Texas' challenges for the betterment of all of Texas: Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), Dawn Buckingham (R-Lakeway), Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels), Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe), Pat Fallon (R-Prosper), Pete Flores (R-Pleasanton), Bob Hall (R-Edgewood), Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), Joan Huffman (R-Houston), Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), Angela Paxton (R-McKinney), Charles Perry (R-Lubbock), Charles Schwertner (R-Georgetown), Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) and Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood).

Hats off to our House colleagues and Speaker Bonnen, with the Governor able to sign these important Bill's this year.

If you want to see what really happened during the 86th legislative session, watch the video below and spread the word to all Republicans, and like-minded Conservatives, across the State of Texas.

Thank you,

Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston)
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There is no relief. Property tax can still go up 10% every 3 years. It is too high already. Tired of the lies!

All of you legislators are criminals running a criminal racketeering operation. Here is property tax reform that is just and constitutional, ABOLISH PROPERTY TAX IT IS LEGALIZED THEFT.

Bull ! You have done the bare bones minimum. Texas legislators regardless of party all have become an embarrassment and great disappointment to the citizens of this state. Hopefully the citizens stand firm "voting all out of office" !

My property tax just shot up 2000 more this year. They claim my property is worth 50,000 more all the sudden

Seniors should be exempt from all taxes completely we have already paid our share.

When we start educating children on reading writing basic arithmetic and instilling the knowledge that with mastery of these they can do anything they set their hearts to do can be accomplished, I'll be impressed.

What exactly is the Relief. I have not been informed.

Thank you for service to our great state

And might I add, the folks behind the scenes that see that all the i’s are dotted & the T’s are crossed. So a big thank you to ALL of YOU!!!!!! ♥️🙏✝️😇❤️

Sorry, but this legislative session was a horrible failure. A significant budget increase, no further limitations on abortion, no constitutional carry, no real property tax relief. Sorry, but the republicans failed us. I hope most of you are primaried, as we need real conservatives to represent Texas!

You restricted every entity on their ability to run their business but yourself. If you were in fact such guardians against tax increases why didn't you put the State under the same restrictions? If the threat of rising taxes are such a threat to our State why isn't the LARGEST TAX COLLECTOR NOT RESTRICTED! Seliger is the only one in Austin who actually sticks to the platform of local control. Every other one of you is a disgrace to the Republican party.

School tax have always been insanely insanely high in texas they pride them selves on not having a state income tax but sometimes I wonder what the would be

No property tax reform in the city of Kerrville and Hunt, Texas where taxes tripled this year putting a hurt on many people in the area. How is this fair to any property owner. Doesn’t matter if you have a couple of acres or many. So no tax relief that I see!

Still forgot about the legislative priorities set out at convention the Alamo and monuments protection and hb 357 with a Republican controlled house there was no reason the prorites should have not been carried out .seems like the party kneeled down to the house speaker governor and Lt governor and kissed the ring

Thank you for upholding the office you were voted to represent.

The appraisal district n the school taxes are out of control Seniors should have a big exemption of some kind. Remember most are on social Security. And we are teaching millions of illegals which costs millions of dollars. Businesses don't get an exemption n businesses are paying those high school taxes .

They say property tax relief but all they do is reevaluate the property and raise the value to increase the amount you pay

This texas legislation is a joke!! All this should have been delt with years ago! The texas lotto was created to help schools and veterans!! This year abbott and paxton passed a bill in texas senat to fund child protective services and fostercare 509 Million dollars that begins this year in 2019!!! Thats only to fostercare and child protective services!!!! Familys DO NOT stand a chance in these two family killing systems!!!!

I Absolutely believe nothing Ya'll say.

Property tax reform? My taxes went up 10%; I appealed and was denied. In fact, everyone I talked to had a huge increase in taxes and all was denied a reduction. Although a lifelong republican, I may vote democrat in the next state elections.

I noticed something in common with a large amount of these post. They could have saved a lot of typing had they simply typed, "ME< ME>ME!"

Really, all I saw was tax cut to the rich and business while a property tax relief that was a joke. Lobbists getting more money and power in our state government, more public union empowerment, snubbing of constitutional carry, increased taxes, the left assault on our history and monuments went unencumbered, abortion still open, spending like drunken sailors, and free education and health care for illegals, and no updating of the voter registration rolls. I left CA to get away from this and now Texas looks like CA in 1990's and that's when the left's takeover began. Frankly it has me scared that all I did was buy time before I'm right back in the frying pan again.

Once again patting yourself on the back for a failed session. As someone already has said..."putting lipstick on a pig." WE ARE "STILL" GETTING TAXED OUT OF OUR HOMES"!

Donna Campbell on any “finest group of legislators” is truly a sham. What a waste of space!

Our property tax went up $500+ in 18 and $600+for 19. By the time we get to retirement age it will be locked in around $10,000.00. There goes my SS check. No relief here!!

Senate Bill 1978, the save "Chick fil-A Bill," authored by Senator Bryan Hughes (R - Mineola) would prevent a government or public entity from penalizing businesses for exercising their religious beliefs. This bill is essential after Chick-fil-A was barred from opening a location at the San Antonio Airport.

Chick-fil-A should not be punished for choosing to support certain religious organizations that align with their beliefs. Progressive liberals killed the Texas House companion bill, House Bill 3172, but Texas Senate Republicans will not allow the 86th Legislative Session to end without protecting the religious liberty of businesses and individuals.

Read the Bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB01978F.htm
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It’s Freedom of Religion. If you don’t like their beliefs than don’t eat there. Simple as that. For the rest of us, we don’t mind waiting in long lines to get our delicious Chick-Fil-A 🐓🍟🇺🇸🍕

This was one of the very few good things y’all did this session. So, thank you for at least doing this. But very disappointed in both houses in the Texas Legislature, and Greg Abbott as well. Y’all are giving me very little reason to continue voting Republican. I am sick of voting Republican just because “well, he is better than the DemocRAT.” I’m starting to wonder if there is much of a difference.

On a personal note I dislike their food. I also think food needs available 24/7/365 at an airport. Based on our laws their hours of service are there’s to set. But airport patrons have a need for food when on the ground and during layovers. So either Chic Fil A either makes an exception for airport eateries, or airports pick someone that will.

And, from another angle, Chick-fil-A should not be rewarded for their financial support of racist, bigoted hate groups that agree with their "Christian" beliefs.

This isn't about Republicans and Democrats, it's about discrimination based on religious beliefs. That is, unless you support discrimination ?

Still won't give one penny to chick-fil-a. And choosing not to allow a business that brings controversy into an airport is not discrimination.. it good business

We are , ONE NATION UNDER ALMIGHTY GOD and is beautiful to see business with this religious spirit This business are so blessed.

Thank you Texas Senate. Vote out the Texas House of Representatives that voted against this bill. If “ chick fil a “ is still denied a permit then build very close to airport. The city will lose revenue. Because many people will patronize their business.

Chick-Fil--A is this most successful fast food chain out there right now. I really dont think they need government help. A couple of times they have been denied leases in venues that do a significant amount of their business on Sunday and thus want their patrons to have food available on Sunday. It is a contingency of the lease. Chick-fil-A chooses to not open on Sunday. Both are reasonable stances. Dont need government intervention. It is not religious persecution, it is a business dispute.

And now, perhaps as a result, the Federal Aviation Administration is looking into whether this is discrimination at the airport. The council had a chance to reconsider that decision but instead doubled down it. They will regret it soon!

and the converse of this is that the san Antonio airport should not be forced to comply with chik-fil-a's beliefs if it's not their own.....

Texas, please continue to stand up to those who discriminate against other citizens, because they don’t agree.

Great now can you please Find a funding plan for our schools? Why didn't you cap the school portion of our PROPERTY TAX at 2.5 %?how come the teachers are not getting their 5000$ pay raise you all promised? Why can't you end the ROBINHOOD? Can you please tax something else to fund our schools? the 2 year plan you all came up with just kicks the can down the road!

It's discrimination pure and simple and there are already laws against it. If you don't like a business belief system then don't patronize that business.. but don't force your belief system on anyone else either and they are doing just that by not allowing CFA to open a location at the Airport.

Good now our 2nd Amendment rights are being embezzled by government. We need to show the same concerns for all our rights. Concealed Handgun permits are the embezzlement of the 2nd Amendment.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Just because your beliefs don’t align with a restaurant, you want to deny many others a good place to eat and there aren’t many of those in airports. Don’t like them, don’t shop there, I don’t mind.

Protect religious beliefs from the persecution of democrats!!! Always vote Republican!!!

Why are you filtering out replies? Since when do you decide which replies I deem relevant? FB has gone way too far!

People travel 24/7 so the airport needs a place for people to eat on Sundays. That is why they weren't chosen

MAYBE CHIC FILA SHOULD SUE SAN ANTONIO FOR VIOLATING FREE ENTERPRISE

Well, they can’t really keep them out since this airport accepts federal funds. So, the council man that started all this has got to come up with answers as why he didn’t check into that little fact.

I believe in one nation under GOD. But I believe I have the right to boycott because I believe the greatest command is to love.

Before you realize it our own government will be banning us who believe in God from life itself.

Thank you thank you chick fil. for standing up the

Amen! Now get busy on that property tax deal!

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