Texas Constitutional Enforcement Legislative Status Report – Feb 4, 2023
When you are trying to get legislation passed in the Texas Legislature, the first month of the Texas Legislature should be spent gathering information on who is on staff for the legislators, meeting with your legislators who are your potential champions, persuading legislators to put your draft legislation into the long Legislative Counsel queue, and making sure that you have the best champions you can get for the bills you want to see passed.
In the Texas Senate, committee chairmanships and members have been assigned. We are still waiting on Texas House committee assignments, and many House members will not decide to champion a bill until they know what committees they are on. Right now, we are sitting at Day 26 in the 88th Legislature, and that is later than 3 of 4 of the last legislatures. (The longest was 31 days in 2017.)
So, let’s review the top bill ideas in the Texas Constitutional Enforcement Legislative Agenda:
Right to Use Cash and Cash Substitutes Add to Texas Bill of Rights – There are lots of urgent issues for this session because there is a multi-front war on Texas. But my personal highest priority for this session is getting this passed. That is because I believe we will need it before the next legislative session comes around in 2025. The Federal Reserve is already piloting its digital Central Bank Digital Currency (CDBC) as we speak. I think we are one financial crisis away from implementation.
The good news is that we have two able champions who have said they will lead in the Senate and House. Senator Tan Parker filed our bill last session (called HJR 100 then) when he was a State Rep, and has agreed to file it again in the Senate. And State Rep. Gio Capriglione, who is well respected for his knowledge and leadership on monetary issues, has agreed to file in the House. We don’t have the SJR and HJR numbers for this session, yet, but stay tuned.
Click here for more information on this bill.
Border Security – Legislative Declaration of Invasion and Statute Requiring Repel and Remove During Invasions – I have been disappointed that there does not seem to be much energy around border security so far. But the Senate is showing leadership by appointing a new committee dedicated just to Border Security chaired by the able leader, Brian Birdwell. The other two Republicans on the Senate Border Security are Phil King and Pete Flores. The Democrats are border Senators, Cesar Blanco and Juan Hinojosa. I heard last week that Senator Lois Kolkhorst has a legislative declaration of invasion in draft in Leg Counsel. But I could find no one working on a bill to repel and remove when we declare invasion.
So, I have drafted such a bill and am circulating it, trying to get it into Leg Counsel fast, so we have a shot at getting it filed in time to be heard. Click here to see the draft language of the required repel or remove bill. Click here for more discussion of who declares an invasion and why.
On another border security note, I have given feedback to Rep. David Spiller and Senator Bob Hall’s staff on their interstate compact companion bills (HB 82 and SB 237). The bills contain language requiring Congressional approval for the interstate compacts (as required by Art. I, Sec. 10). But I recommended adding language to NOT require Congressional approval if the governor or the legislature has declared an invasion because Art. I, Sec. 10 also says that it is not needed in that case.
Unalienable Right to Decline Vaccination – we have the language in Leg Counsel, but no legislator has yet agreed to champion when it becomes ready to file. Click here for more information on this issue.
Federal No-Knock Raid Bill - we have an enthusiastic sponsor in the House for this bill. It is in Leg Counsel, and I hope to announce its bill number and sponsor soon.
Texas Sovereignty Act - this bill is farther along than we have ever seen in that it was pre-filed by both chambers. Our champions are Rep. Cecil Bell, Jr. and Senator Bob Hall (HB 384 and SB 313). Click here for more information.
Rule of Law Enforcement – Big county DAs in Texas have been captured by George Soros and cannot be relied upon to enforce laws fundamental to the liberty and safety of Texans. On top of that, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has opined that the Texas Legislature cannot delegate independent prosecutorial authority to the Attorney General on separation of powers grounds. I am pushing the creation of a state level independent prosecutorial office under the judiciary that will have the ability to prosecute election integrity, border security-related matters, public integrity, official oppression, abortion, sedition, and riot. At least one such bill is in Leg Counsel. Click here for more information.
More is in the works. But that is enough for now.
If you want to help now, contact the legislators you think might help to ask them to lead on our Border Security legislation and the Unalienable Right to Decline Vaccination. And keep me posted on who is interested, so that I can give staffs the right documents and information.
Once bills get filed and assigned to committees, there will be lots more we all can do!
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