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Letter from Chairman Dickey Re: Special Session

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

My Fellow Texas Republicans,

On behalf of Republicans across Texas, I thank Governor Greg Abbott for calling a special session to provide another opportunity to advance some of the Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Platform items left unfinished in the regular session.

Governor Abbott included in his call several items which relate to planks from the 2016 RPT Platform as noted:

  • Municipal annexation reformPlank 37: Property Rights
  • Cracking down on mail-in ballot fraudPlank 59: Fair Election Procedures
  • PrivacyPlank 87: Gender Identity
  • Prohibition of taxpayer funding for abortion providersPlank 91: Funding
  • School choice for special needs studentsPlank 147: School Choice
  • Strengthening patient protections relating to do-not-resuscitate ordersPlank 100: Patient Protection
  • Property tax reformPlank 175: Tax Burden
  • Prohibition of taxpayer dollars to collect union duesPlank 197: Right to Work
  • School finance reform commissionPlank 120: Funding
  • Caps on state and local spendingPlank 167: Spending Limitations

To view each platform plank in its entirety, click here.

We need your help to make sure these items are passed into law in a manner consistent with our Platform during this very brief special session. We encourage you to call your representatives right now and engage with them on these issues – find their contact info here. Also, plan to attend hearings and testify on bills during the 30-day session that begins on July 18. Check out the Lege Info section of the RPT website to learn how you can make a difference in the legislative process. Finally, stay tuned for updates, including our next webinar, “A Special Session Primer,” scheduled for June 13 at 7 PM.

I am delivering the message of our Platform to our legislators, and I am committed to working with you so your voice is heard. But I need the resources to ensure our victory, and time is short. Can you show us that you’re “all in” by joining the Grassroots Club today?

I will continue to be a strong voice for our Republican Party of Texas Platform and Priorities throughout the special session and encourage you to stay engaged with us for its duration.

Sincerely,

James Dickey
Chairman
Republican Party of Texas