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Senate Bill Train Leaves Ahead of Schedule to the Other Side of the Texas Capitol

July 26, 2017

Two days of debate and record votes yield results for all Texans

AUSTIN – Two days of intense debate in the Texas Senate and record votes, led by members of the Texas Senate Republican Caucus, have seen eleven important pieces of legislation passed by the Senate and sent to the Texas House. These eleven bills are in addition to the sunset legislation, Senate Bills 20 and 60, that the Texas Senate has previously passed.

“Texans continue to expect that their elected leaders show up and vote in a timely fashion on the issues that they face every day,” said Texas Sunset Author Van Taylor (R-Plano). “The Texas Senate, under the leadership of Lt. Governor Patrick has done exactly that.”

The eleven bills that have been passed by July 25 are the following:

Senate Bill 1 – Property Tax Reform and Relief
Senate Bill 2 – Tax Credit Scholarships for students with disabilities
Senate Bill 3 – The Texas Privacy Act
Senate Bill 7 – Limiting Union Check Off Deductions
Senate Bill 9 – Lowering the Constitutional Limit on Appropriations
Senate Bill 10 – Strengthen Health and Human Services Abortion Reporting Requirements
Senate Bill 11 – Requirements for Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) Orders
Senate Bill 16 – Commission to Study School Finance
Senate Bill 17 – Continues the Maternal Mortality, Post-Mortem Commission
Senate Bill 19 – Classroom Teacher Bonuses and Retired Teacher Insurance Premium Assistance
Senate Bill 73 – Physician Reporting Requirements on Abortion

Senator Bob Hall (R-Edgewood): “This has already been a great session for grassroots Texans!”

Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham) on the Texas Privacy Act: “This is the women’s issue of my lifetime.”

Senator Brian Birdwell – 9/11 Pentagon attack survivor – (R-Granbury): “As someone with first hand experience with Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders (DNR), Texas families need the reforms we just passed.”

Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston): “This is really strong property tax reform and relief for all Texans.”

Senator Kelly Hancock (R- North Richland Hills): “Texans have always supported fiscal responsibility and we have just strengthened that.”

At the close of business on July 25, 2017, after seven days into the special session, the Texas Senate has spent a total of 83 hours and 55 minutes of work on this legislation. 27 hours and 4 minutes of that was spent on the floor and 56 hours and 51 minutes was spent on legislative work in various committees. This breaks downs to roughly 12 hours a day.

Texas Senate Republican Caucus Vice-Chair Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) commented, “The Republican and Democrat members of the Senate are averaging about 12 hours a day in the first week on the floor and in committee which is why these senate bills left ahead of schedule.” Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood) quipped for all the Caucus members when he said, “…I really enjoyed the 4 plus hours of sleep we got per night, and seriously, these bills make a difference for all Texans.”

Caucus Chairman Paul Bettencourt concluded, “This proves the Texas Senate is passing conservative solutions to Texas’ challenges.”

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Texas Senate Republicans are determined to overhaul School FInance before leaving Austin at the end of this legislative session.

The Committee Substitue to House Bill 3 reduces STAAR tests by eliminating the 4th and 7th grade writing tests. Instead, a few writing questions will be added to the existing reading test. CSHB 3 also includes no new Kindergarten testing in the bill and it does not increase passing standards. Students may still pass a STAAR test by ‘approaching grade level,’ a standard that is not changed in the bill.

CSHB 3 also expressly prohibits evaluating teacher performance and incentive pay based solely on STAAR test scores. CSHB 3 includes some outcomes-based funding related to 3rd grade reading levels but allows school districts to use local assessments for this purpose.

The Texas Senate knew that passing CSHB 3 would mean meaningful and realistic change. Instead of succumbing to fear and political inertia and led by Senator Larry Taylor (R - Friendswood), the Texas Senate finally, after decades of band-aides, was able to pass meaningful and long-lasting school finance reform.

Read the Bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/HB00003S.htm
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I’d like to see it all gone. Let teachers teach. Let kids learn.

Do away with STAAR testing altogether.

Not good enough. Some kids need more time to test. It’s unfair to know dis with sensory processing issues.

Do away with STARR testing altogether.

A positive step.

Not a solution.

How do you solve some of the problems when so many parents and students do not value Education. Our schools and teachers have become babysitters. We no longer strive for excellence in our schools. Someone’s feelings might be hurt. And discipline is nonexistent...someone’s feelings might be hurt. We need more Trade Schools!

Just get rid of STAAR testing. A ridiculous waste of time and resources.

Senate Bill 1978 by Senator Bryan Hughes (R - Mineola), which protects individual citizens and businesses from being discriminated against by a government or public entity for holding religious beliefs passed the Texas Senate 19-12. This bill is essential after Chick-fil-A was barred from opening a location at the San Antonio Airport.

During floor debate, Caucus Chair, Paul Bettencourt (R - Houston) remarked, "It’s okay for everyone to have a religious affiliation or contribution and that’s the 21st century that we all want to be a part of in America."

Senator Pat Fallon (R - Prosper) pointed out, "The Founding Fathers of this great country had amazing foresight in protecting the rights of all citizens to practice our sincerely held religious beliefs. In keeping with this protection, SB 1978 safeguards the rights of private business owners to also freely express their religious beliefs. I’m proud to support a bill that safeguards religious freedom and liberty."

Senator Angela Paxton (R - McKinney) stated, "Today I voted in support of Senate Bill 1978, which prevents a government or public entity from penalizing businesses for exercising their religious beliefs."

Senator Hughes closed by saying, "The intent of the bill is to make sure that a government or public entity cannot discriminate against a business or individual based on religious beliefs.”

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus will always stand strong for the individual constitutional rights of Texans, including their right to religious freedom.

Read the Bill here: capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB01978E.htm

Read the Caucus Press Release on SB 1978 here: www.texassenate.gop/2019/05/15/senate-bill-1978-the-so-called-save-chick-fil-a-bill-authored-by-s...
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Senate Bill 1978 by Senator Bryan Hughes (R - Mineola), which protects individual citizens and businesses from being discriminated against by a government or public entity for holding religious beliefs passed the Texas Senate 19-12. This bill is essential after Chick-fil-A was barred from opening a location at the San Antonio Airport.

During floor debate, Caucus Chair, Paul Bettencourt (R - Houston) remarked, It’s okay for everyone to have a religious affiliation or contribution and that’s the 21st century that we all want to be a part of in America. 

Senator Pat Fallon (R - Prosper) pointed out, The Founding Fathers of this great country had amazing foresight in protecting the rights of all citizens to practice our sincerely held religious beliefs. In keeping with this protection, SB 1978 safeguards the rights of private business owners to also freely express their religious beliefs. I’m proud to support a bill that safeguards religious freedom and liberty.

Senator Angela Paxton (R - McKinney) stated, Today I voted in support of Senate Bill 1978, which prevents a government or public entity from penalizing businesses for exercising their religious beliefs.

Senator Hughes closed by saying, The intent of the bill is to make sure that a government or public entity cannot discriminate against a business or individual based on religious beliefs.”

The Texas Senate Republican Caucus will always stand strong for the individual constitutional rights of Texans, including their right to religious freedom.

Read the Bill here: https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/SB01978E.htm

Read the Caucus Press Release on SB 1978 here: https://www.texassenate.gop/2019/05/15/senate-bill-1978-the-so-called-save-chick-fil-a-bill-authored-by-senator-bryan-hughes-r-mineola-passes-to-engrossment-in-the-tx-senate/

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I’m So Thankful but it was still too close for comfort. Thank you to All the good ones who voted to pass this bill!!!!! ❤️🙏🏻

I'm so happy and thankful to the Lord Jesus Christ for using these men and women in our Senate to defend our religious freedoms. May God bless and continue to use them I pray!!!

It is so sad this is even a topic of conversation. God help us return to the innocence, brotherly love & respect for each other America once had.

I am so PROUD OF TEXAS WaY TO GO..... GOD BLESS AMERICA AND GOD BLESS TEXAS!!!!!!!!

I want to know why they always pick on Christian businesses, STARBUCKS SUPPORTS THING THAT GO AGAINST MY BELIEFS AND NOBODY COMPLAINS ABOUT THAT.

It is an extreme sad commentary on our society today that this bill is even necessary. Thank you TX Senate.

Guess we have about 12 Senators that need to be replaced next election. Love us some Chik-fil-A.

Wake up Americans before the democrats destroy our Great State as well as our Great Country as we know it! Vote Republican Party 2020!

I heard the problem was in the house not the Senate

God blesses those who fight for him. God bless you all. In God we trust. God bless America and all the peacemakers.

Crazy that we have to politically adopt such matters to protect what is in the constitution, the SA airport should be held accountable, how is the air port funded, any Texas government aid go to them? If so, put the squeeze on that.

Chick Fil A is such a great place thanks in part to the fact that liberals probably don't want to eat there.

This is total BS! I say this not because I don't agree with it, I say this because it should have never been necessary in the first place. Have we forgotten about the separation of church and state!? This is redundant and completely unnecessary. Further proof that the Constitution is not being adhered to.

I will celebrate the vote with Chic fil a Monday with a chicken sandwich

I ❤️ Chick-Fil-A; I support them more than I normally would because of their beliefs‼️

Let’s protect the unborn too with a heartbeat bill !!

Trump Pence 2020

Thank you Texas Senate Republican Caucus!!!

They have every right to run their businesses any way they choose you don't like it, then don't buy the product they supply, chicken i think is pretty universal.

#GODBLESSTHEUSA❤🇺🇲❤ #GODBLESSAMERICA❤🇺🇲❤ #GODBLESSTEXAS❤🇺🇲❤

Should of been 31-0

God will watch over his people!

I love Chick-fil-A. Love the company's Christian support. Even though they have asked me to leave due to my Slayer t-shirt...still went through the drive thru. I like this bill. Christianity is getting too picked on.

Right on.. Buy nothing from Starbucks.. Dont buy can lower their profit's

Amen. Thank you Texas Senate Republicans!

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