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The Regular Session of the 83rd Texas Legislature: The Good, the Bad, and the Neglected

With the regular session of the 83rd Texas Legislature finished, there are a number of decisions made by the current legislature that are positive steps forward for the future of our state. However, there were a number of failures on the legislative front; and important state issues were left unresolved.

On the positive side, most noteworthy was the long overdue recognition by our legislators that “one size doesn’t fit all” when it comes to educating our children. As Chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, I pushed for greater cooperation among school districts, local community colleges and technical institutes such as Texas State Technical College (TSTC). I am pleased with Sen. Lucio’s bill to prevent high school dropouts through career and technical education

at May 31, 2013 8:28 AM

Texas Speaker Joe Straus Killed ALL Big Pro-Life Bills in 2013 - Straus is a Pro-Choice DISGRACE

Joe Straus, Texas Speaker of the House of Representatives, has KILLED all important pro-life bills in the 2013 Texas Legislative session. Joe Straus is not pro-life and NEVER has been. Straus has stated to the media that abortion is not a serious issue but a wedge issue.

Straus and his House Leadership prevented the Texas House of Representatives from even being able to vote on these bills. These bills, among other things, would prevent abortions after 20 weeks due to the fact that unborn babies can feel pain that early. Another bill that was killed would have created higher health standards for abortion clinics and would have helped stop abortionists like Kermit Gosnell who run Hitler-style murder houses where babies are born alive and then murdered. In fact, a Houston abortionist has recently been exposed for murdering babies in gruesome fashion (like twisting their heads off) after they have been born alive. Joe Straus is a DISGRACE to all Texans and cares not about the infanticide of innocent babies.   Read more »

at May 30, 2013 6:10 AM

Like IRS Scandal, Texas Speaker Straus Attacking Conservative Non-Profit Groups and even Churches!

Like the IRS Scandal, Texas Speaker Straus is attacking conservative non-profit groups and even churches!


One of the top Chairmen for Joe Straus, Charlie Geren, has pushed a bill (SB 346) through the Texas House that, like the recent Obama IRS scandal, would attack Texas conservative non-profit groups by demanding that they reveal who gives money to them.   Read more »

at May 24, 2013 4:36 PM

The College Degree Myth: Part I

The myth that to succeed in life one needs a college degree has perhaps been the biggest myth bestowed upon a people since the idea that mortgage backed securities were a good investment.

The argument that a college degree increases earning power faces two problems:

First, correlation does not mean causation. Those who earn a college degree usually earn more money in their lifetimes than people without a college degree. However, that does not mean that financial gains are linked directly to the attainment of a degree. Those who receive college degrees usually start off in better place than those who do not.

at May 22, 2013 10:49 AM

Texas CSCOPE Liberal Curriculum is DEAD and SB 1406 PASSED!

Never underestimate the power of blogs and grassroots pressure from conservatives in Texas!

The TESCCC Board has announced that they will be ENDING all CSCOPE lessons.

CSCOPE is dead, but as a way to prevent it from coming back with no SBOE oversight, SB 1406 still needed to pass the Texas House.

Great News, SB 1406 PASSED THE HOUSE last night after it was announced that CSCOPE lessons were being pulled!   Read more »

at May 21, 2013 11:24 AM

Denouement: The Death of SB303

The 83rd Legislature of the State of Texas still has a couple of weeks to go, and it ain’t over ’till both the House and Senate are sine die, but it appears that SB 303 did die over the weekend.

Representative Susan King, who broke her leg last Sunday, just the day before the marathon meeting of the House Public Health Committee, has done an incredible job of working with Senator (Dr.) Bob Duell in their attempt to reform our State’s Advance Directive Act through SB 303.   Read more »

at May 20, 2013 7:41 AM

My Testimony on SB303 (Conscience, Rights, Medical Judgment and Law)

Note: I’ve heard that there’s a new Committee Substitute that will soon be introduced that is more explicit on DNR’s, especially on informed consent and on competent patients.

If laws demand that physicians perform acts against their consciences, you will end up with only doctors without consciences willing to perform the acts in question.   Read more »

at May 16, 2013 2:00 PM

Everything's bigger in Texas - Including Government

Think about the things that Texas is known for. Oil, trucks, cowboys, cows and big city life. Also, a gun loving governor and a booming economy. Oh, yeah and the myth that everything is bigger in Texas, right? We've got big trucks, big hair and...big government? Big government, you say? Sadly, yes.

Back in 1999, the Texas Legislature signed a bill into law that granted a panel of doctors, appointed by the hospital in which they work, to help with end of life directives. What does that mean, exactly? Well, if you wanted to go all Sarah Palin, then, I guess you could call these death panels.

As we all know, the 83rd legislative session of the Texas house is coming to a close. This year proved to be a fairly quiet one, until now. The current legislative body has apparently

at May 16, 2013 9:23 AM

The Legislature Shouldn’t Hit-And-Run on Immigration

You might think a proposal to force undocumented immigrants to be background checked, fingerprinted, photographed and entered into a database would be an easy sell with Republican lawmakers. But, you’d be wrong.

With time quickly running out in the legislative session, a plan to make it possible for undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver permit has stalled in legislature. The idea’s Republican champion in the House, Rep. Byron Cook of Corsicana, said the process has slowed way down but he’s still hopeful the proposal can become law. “Right now, we are pushing a big rock uphill,” he told me.   Read more »

at May 14, 2013 8:15 AM

Texas Senate Passes NRA-Backed Campus Parking Lot Bill And House Schedules Pro-Gun Measures For Consideration This Weekend

The following is a press release from the NRA Institute for Legislative Action:

As NRA members begin to gather in Houston for the 2013 Annual Meeting, action is heating up in Austin on Second Amendment-related measures. Yesterday, the Texas Senate passed Senate Bill 1907, sponsored by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), a measure that prohibits public and private colleges and universities from adopting or enforcing policies banning students who are Concealed Handgun Licensees (CHLs) from transporting and storing handguns and ammunition in their privately-owned motor vehicles while driving through or parking on campus. SB 1907 now goes to the Texas House for consideration.

Additionally, the state House is scheduled to consider a full calendar of firearm-related bills this Saturday, May 4, including

at May 3, 2013 11:32 AM


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