Hi. I'm G. E. Kruckeberg, and I'm a Texan and damn proud of it. Like all Texans, I'm a little bit feisty and a whole lot ornery and I don't much cotton to folks trying to take stuff that belongs to me - like my rights. And again like all Texans, when I get whizzed off I do something about it. That's why I started SDCI Austin. On this site, I'll be posting opportunities and suggesting actions we can take to take back our republic one state law at a time. Please join me in keeping Texas free. Thank you and God bless Texas.
"...the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States." - Article I Section 1 of the Texas Constitution
HB 1076 from last session is dead, but there are several bills in the current hopper that carry on the spirit of '76. Representative Matt Krause of District 93 filed HB 422, which makes it illegal for State entities to enforce federal gun legislation in Texas (click here for text). Representative Kraus also filed HB 421 exempting firearms and firearms accessories manufactured in the State of Texas from any and all federal regulations (click here for text). Both these bill should be supported, passed, and signed into law, but the real winner is HB 413 filed by Representative Craig Goldman (click here for text). HB 413 is a comprehensive and well-thought out bill, and I would recommend you read it and urge your representatives in Austin to support it. Section 2 (4), incidentally, is a concise statement of the philosophy underlying the efforts of Stop DC In Austin.
IThese three bills need your support to become the law of Texas. Contact your State Senator and Representative and let them know you want to see these three pieces of legislation enacted during this legislative session. You can find your State Representative and State Senator at http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx
Your Senator's email address is District__.last firstname.lastname@example.org (e.g. District7.Bettencourt@senate.state.tx.us). Your Representatives email address is District__.last email@example.com (e.g. District135.Elkins@house.state.tx.us). Note that your Senate District and Representative District are not the same.
Go to http://openstates.org/tx and sign in with your email address and a pass word. Then enter the bill number under search, select the bill from the 84th session, and click on "follow bill" at the top left of the page. You will receive emails advising you of the bills progress. When it goes to committee, find the members at http://openstates.org/tx/by clicking the "35 Senate Committees" or the "66 House Committees," and let the members know you know they have the bill and you expect it to be moved out of committee.
There's a raft of proposed legislation before the 84th Texas Legislature that we need to let our representatives in Austin know are hateful to Texans and hurtful to Texas.
I have nothing against State Senator Rodney Ellis, who represents South-West Houston– I have never met the man – but he is responsible for a deluge of hateful and hurtful bills this session. SB 256 would make firearms magazines of more than 20 round capacity illegal in Texas. SB 257 would make it a crime in Texas not to report a lost or stolen firearm (and incidentally, of course, the fact that you are a firearms owner). SB 258 would restrict gun show sales in Texas. And SB 259 would force the State of Texas to facilitate federal record-keeping on all Texas firearms purchasers. Senator Ellis was also the author and sponsor of Senate Resolution SCAR 2, which would petition the US Congress to advance a Constitutional amendment overturning the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v Federal Election Commission – the decision that declared election contributions to be free speech, not subject to federal regulation. It would seem Senator Ellis is not only anti-Second Amendment rights but anti-First Amendment rights as well.
The texts of all the above bills are available at http://openstates.org/tx You can also follow the progress of a bill through the Legislative session at that address.
It is imperative that we notify our State Senators, as well as former Senator for North West Houston and the current Lieutenant Governor and President of the Texas Senate Dan Patrick, that we will not stand for these Yankee incursions into our sovereign rights as Texans.
There are also a flock of proposed bills before the 84th Legislature attacking the sanctity of traditional marriage and promoting the meretricious marijuana myth. While the volume of these attempts from various legislators precludes mentioning them all by number and sponsor, we should make our legislators aware that we stand foursquare against queer marriage and legalized dope.
Article 3 Section 5 paragraph (a) of the Texas Constitution reads: "The Legislature shall meet every two years at such time as may be provided by law and at other times when convened by the Governor."
When Texas was a cotton picking cow grazing State, biennial legislative sessions made sense. Things just didn't change that fast, and anyway you didn't want the State poking its nose in your business more than once every two years.
Today, however, Texas is not only one of the leading economies in the world, it is in a desperate, pivotal struggle with a foreign government that is trying to destroy its economy and enslave its citizens. To win that struggle, we must adapt.
If we are to survive as Texans, we must position ourselves to be more responsive to the daily exigencies in our continual war with Washington. To accomplish that responsiveness, it is imperative that we amend the Texas Constitution to provide for annual legislative sessions. We can no longer afford to wait around for two years to act.
Article 17 Section 1(a) of the Texas Constitution states:
"The Legislature, at any regular session, or at any special session when the matter is included within the purposes for which the session is convened, may propose amendments revising the Constitution, to be voted upon by the qualified voters for statewide offices and propositions, as defined in the Constitution and statutes of this State. The date of the elections shall be specified by the Legislature. The proposal for submission must be approved by a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each House, entered by yeas and nays on the journals."
Unfortunately, we did not get a bill introduced in this session calling for a Constitutional amendment to convene the Legislature annually. That doesn't mean we should give up. After the end of this session, we need to point out the work that was left undone (and there is always work left undone) and continue to push for Governor Abbott to convene a special session for the express purpose of getting the Texas Constitution amended.
Stop DC In Austin NEWS
1 July 2014 - I received the following email from Senator Dan Patrick, who will very likely be our next Leutenant Governor.
Thank you very much for sharing your website on citizen activism. I appreciate the support I am receiving from people like you to enlist others to join you in standing for the issues you value. While times are difficult for many right now, we must all stay vigilant, involved, and hold our officials accountable. Please know I am working hard to create the best public policy, and I will continue to fight for what is best for Texans. Your input is very important to me. Please feel free to contact me in the future on any matter.
It is an honor to serve you in the Texas Senate.
May God bless,
16 July 2014 - Dr. BenCarson, who has a good chance of becoming our next President, posted the following video as part of his camaign to nullify Obaminablecare. It's called "Empower the States."
5 August 2014 New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez to require food stamp recipients to work at least 20 hours a week.
11 August 2014 – Another School District pulls out of Michelle’s healthy student pogrom (sic).
25 October 2014 – Another example of the States doing a better job than the federales.
The governors of New York and New Jersey on Friday ordered quarantines for all people entering the country through two area airports if they had direct contact with Ebola patients in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.
The new measures go beyond what federal guidelines require and what infectious disease experts recommend.
On Friday, the White House sidestepped questions about whether a nationwide quarantine of returning health care workers was being considered. Instead, officials defended the procedures the administration has put in place, including enhanced airport screenings and the monitoring of people arriving from Ebola-afflicted countries.
The C.D.C., in a terse statement, said that it would make its decisions based on the best available science but that the states were within their legal rights to institute the measures.
Above excerpted from New YorkTimes for 24 October 2014. For full story go to:
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