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HB 4537 Bill Analysis

HB 4537 by Rep. Middleton is the identical companion bill of Sen. Bettencourt’s SB 1968

Analysis by Texas Public Policy Foundation staff:

H.B. 4537 amends the Education Code to add Subchapter J which creates the Family Educational Relief Program for the purpose of giving children from low-income households more choice in education. The program would fund education-related expenses of participants.

A child is eligible to participate in the program if the child is eligible to attend public school and qualifies for the national free or reduced lunch program or is a sibling of a child who qualifies and is eligible to attend public school. A child is no longer eligible for the program if he or she graduates high school, is no longer eligible to attend public school, enrolls in a public school, or is declared ineligible by the comptroller.

Certain organizations will be designated as certified educational assistance organizations; to be eligible for certification, organizations must be able to perform the functions and administration required by the program and have 501(c)(3) status. A parent of an eligible child can apply to enroll the child in a certified educational assistance organization and must include eligibility verification information. Organizations may not keep information obtained to qualify the child beyond the period necessary to determine eligibility. The certified educational assistance organization must include on their website the expenses allowed under the program, the expense reporting requirements, and the descriptions of the responsibilities of both the participants and the organization. Priority for admission will be given to students who participates in the program the previous year, siblings of participants from the previous year, and children with the greatest financial need.

The comptroller will provide to certified educational assistance organizations and include on the website a list of preapproved providers and vendors. If the vendor is a private school, in order to be approved, the private school must be accredited by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission, administer annual assessment under Sec. 39.023, provide evidence of certain policies, and allow participants in the program to apply for any other scholarship offered by the school. If the vendor is a private tutor, therapist or teaching service, in order to be approved the vendor must be certified, hold relevant licenses, be employed (as a teacher or tutor) in an institution of higher education, and complete a national criminal history record review. If the vendor is an online educational course or program, the vendor must be accredited by an organization recognized by the Texas Private School Accreditation Commission. All other types of vendors must present documentation and qualifications. An education service provider may not be required to change practices, policies, curriculum, or assessments to receive money under the program.

Parents of the participants must agree to only spend the money from the program on allowed expenses and notify the certified education assistance organization within 30 days of the child losing eligibility. Funds from the program may not be paid to any anyone related within the third degree or household member of the participant. An education service provider cannot charge a child participating in the program an amount greater than the standard amount and refunds or credit to the participant are not allowed. The following fees are approved education related expenses:

  • Private school, institution of higher education, or online course tuition;
  • Textbooks, uniforms or other required materials by the school;
  • Tutoring or teaching services; and
  • Educational therapy not covered by any federal, state, or local government (such as Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program) or private insurance.

90% of state’s average maintenance and operations expenditures per student in daily attendance will be placed in an account per participant. Any remaining money at the end of the fiscal year will be carried forward unless the account is closed. In the event the child no longer qualifies, the account will be closed, and funds returned to the Family Education Relief Program Fund. The fund may not be financed by federal money or money from the school fund, but the comptroller can solicit and accept gifts, grants, and donations from public and private sources. The comptroller will make quarterly equal payments to the account.

The comptroller will also make quarterly payments to each certified educational assistance organization to cover the organization’s administration cost though the total amount to all certified education assistance organizations cannot exceed 5% of the funds appropriated. Prior to the payment, each certified education assistance organization must compare participant and public school enrollment lists and notify the comptroller of any overlap. The comptroller may contract a private entity to conduct random auditing to verify compliance with the program.

An account will be suspended if the participant fails to comply with the rules of the program as adopted by the comptroller. Upon receiving notification of suspension of the account, a participant has 10 days to respond and take corrective action. On the 10th day, the comptroller will either close the account and remove the participant from the program, temporarily reinstate the account on a specified condition, or reinstate the account in full. The comptroller may recover money used for not authorized expenses from the participant or entity. If there is evidence of fraudulent uses of the account, the comptroller or organization may refer the case to the attorney general.

Every certified educational assistance organization must post on their website and send to each parent of a child with a disability who applies a notice stating private schools are not subject to the same laws regarding special education and a child with disability may not receive the same services at a private school along with a list of rights under federal and state law children with disabilities have at public schools.

H.B. 4537 amends the Government Code to add subsection (c) to allow the comptroller to obtain criminal history records for private tutors, therapists, and employees of teaching services who intend to provide services to a child in the program.

H.B. 4537 amends the Insurance Code to add Chapter 230 to create a tax credit for contributions to the Family Educational Relief Program that entities can apply for. The amount of credit an entity receives is equal to the lesser of the amount contributed during the period covered by the tax report or 50% of the entity’s state premium tax liability for the report. For the 2022 fiscal year, the total amount of credit cannot exceed $200 million and following years, the credit available will stay the same unless 90% of the available credit was awarded the previous year, then the credit available will increase to 125% of the previous year’s credit. The comptroller can require an entity to estimate the amount of credit it intends to apply for at any point in the year.

Prior to making a contribution to the fund, an entity can apply for preliminary approval of credit by filling out a form for the comptroller. The comptroller will grant preliminary approval on a first-come, first-served basis for as long as there is credit available without exceeding the year’s credit limit. For a standard credit application, the entity must apply within the tax period the contribution was made through a form created by the comptroller. The comptroller has discretion in choosing who receives credit and reasoning for denial cannot be requested though an entity can request a reconsideration within 30 days which is final. Credit awarded cannot be transferred to another entity unless all assets of the entity are transferred to the other.

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2020 RPT Platform Minority Report

2020 Platform Committee Minority Report

SCOPE:  We the members of the Platform and Resolutions Committee who have signed the Minority Report below propose that the the version of Plank #54, as passed in the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2018, be restored to its original form.  This request is based on the announcement of the intent to file a minority report prior to adjournment of the Permanent Platform Committee meeting, though the announcement was not accepted. 

MINORITY MEMBERS:

  • SD 6     Marga Matthews
  • SD 7     Tom Nobis
  • SD 8     Paul Chabot
  • SD 18   Caleb Pillado
  • SD 19   Stuart Knowlton
  • SD 24   Matt Long
  • SD 26   David Westbrook

The 2018 RPT Platform plank reads:

54.  Article V Convention of States: We reaffirm our support for our Texas State Legislators’ call for a limited Article V Convention of States for the specific purpose of reducing the power of the federal government, including fiscal responsibility, balanced budget, and term limits. Any proposed amendments must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

2018 Platform plank #54, supporting an Article V Convention of States (above), garnered the second-highest number of votes to be designated as a top RPT Legislative Priority during our 2016 Convention (90% of delegates), and, subsequently, the 85th legislative session in 2017 passed it with resounding Republican legislative support.  Since it is a resolution still pending in Congress until acted on by additional states, it cannot be said to have been “passed” in any meaningful way.

In conclusion, we believe that the original language of Plank #54, as passed in convention in 2018, overwhelmingly represents and advances the core values of the Republican Party.

As a remedy, the Minority hereby tenders a motion to restore Plank #54, which the Majority Report has removed, with the original language passed in the Republican Party of Texas Convention in 2018, which reads as follows:

54.  Article V Convention of States: We reaffirm our support for our Texas State Legislators’ call for a limited Article V Convention of States for the specific purpose of reducing the power of the federal government, including fiscal responsibility, balanced budget, and term limits. Any proposed amendments must be ratified by three-fourths of the states.

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PROPOSED 2020 Temporary Platform Committee Rules

Subject to changes, edits, amendments, and approval by the committee members at the State Convention:
  1. Proposals for platform language or resolutions may only be submitted by delegates and alternates to the convention, and shall be submitted to the committee
  2. on 8 ½ x 11-inch paper, typed or clearly legible, with at least three (3) copies OR
  3. by email to TXGOPPlatform2020@gmail.com cc: committee secretaries KLNuttall2@sbcglobal.net and PhilSevilla@att.net
  4. with the name of the resolution’s author/sponsor, author’s senate district number and contact information included

 

  1. No commentary, explanation of rationale, “whereas,” “in that” or “because” clauses, etc. shall be contained in any proposal or resolution when it goes into the platform. Such explanatory or supporting statements may be submitted to the committee in a separate testimony document.

 

  1. The delegate or alternate offering the proposed language or resolution shall be given first opportunity to address the committee on his or her proposal.

 

  1. Motions longer than two sentences must be submitted to the committee secretary in writing using the motion forms available on the committee chairman’s table.

 

  1. Testimony on a platform proposal or resolution shall be limited to two (2) minutes.

 

  1. Debate shall alternate between proponents and opponents, with debate ceasing when there is no opposing viewpoint or when three (3) speakers have spoken on each side.

 

  1. Amendments and secondary motions to a main motion will be limited to 2 minutes per speaker, and there may only be 2 amendments per main motion. Amendments of a third degree are not permitted.

 

  1. Friendly amendments are permitted.

 

  1. Editors may assist with non-substantive improvements in syntax, grammar, and clarifications of language—subject to approval of the committee.

 

  1. After final adoption of the Platform Report by the committee, editors may only make non-substantive changes to correct obvious errors.

 

  1. Delegates and guests will follow the commonly accepted rules of courtesy, decorum, dignity, respect and good taste. Anyone who uses abusive, inflammatory language and is intemperate may be asked by the chairman to leave.

 

  1. Any platform language or resolution presented to the committee which is not adopted as a part of the platform or as a resolution by the committee prior to the adjournment shall be deemed as not proposed by the committee.

 

  1. The committee must finish all work Thursday, July 16th, Sine Die 9:00 PM CST.
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Platform Committee Schedule

**Subject to changes and modifications

Send questions to TXGOPPlatform2020@gmail.com                                                                                               Last revised July 6th

2020 Platform Committee Schedule

Monday                                                      Day 1 Subcommittees

Mtg. Room – Marriott Marquis Hotel
National Defense & Border Security
Finance
Constitutional Issues
Criminal & Civil Justice
Health and Human Services

 

10:45 – 11:00 AM

Platform and Legislative Priorities Committees Joint Kickoff Meeting & Prayer

 

Start End Who Agenda Room Editors Pages
11:00 AM 12:30 PM Committee of the Whole Introduction, Mission & Rules 2 3
12:30 PM 7:00 PM All Day 1 Subcommittees Meet Organize & begin with 2018 planks 5 (1 per subcom) 5 (1 per subcom)
2:00 PM 3:00 PM Natl. Defense & Border Security Public Testimony 1 1
3:00 PM 4:00 PM Finance Public Testimony 1 1
4:00 PM 5:00 PM Health & Human Services Public Testimony 1 1
5:00 PM 6:00 PM Criminal & Civil Justice Public Testimony 1 1
6:00 PM 7:00 PM Constitutional Issues Public Testimony 1 1
7:00 PM 8:00 PM Dinner Break

Eat delivered meals

1
8:00 PM 9:30 PM Day 1 Subcommittees Edits, adds, drops to planks 5 1
9:30 PM 9:45 PM Temporary Day 1 Subcommittee Reports to Editors 5
  • Time permitting, subcommittees MAY choose additional public testimony time.

Tuesday                                                      Day 2 Subcommittees

Mtg. Room – Marriott Marquis Hotel
State Affairs
Government and Foreign Affairs
Education
Business, Commerce and Transportation

 

Start End Who Agenda Room Editors Pages
8:00 AM 9:00 AM Day 1 Subcommittees reconvene only to confer with editors Editing of Prior Day’s Work 4 2
9:00 AM 10:00 AM Committee of the Whole Adjustments & Discussion 4 2
10:00 AM 5:00 PM All Day 2 Subcommittees Meet Organize & begin 2018 Planks 4 (1 per subcom) 4 (1 per subcom)
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Business Commerce & Transportation Hear Public Testimony 1 1
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Govt & Foreign  Affairs Hear Public Testimony 1 1
1:00 PM 2:00 PM Education Hear Public Testimony 1 1
2:00 PM 3:00 PM State Affairs Hear Public Testimony 1 1
3:00 PM 5:00 PM Day 2 – Subcommittees Edits, adds, drops to planks 4 4 (1 per subcom)
5:00 PM 5:15 PM Temporary Reports of D2 Subcommittees to Editors 4
5:15 PM 6:00 PM Dinner Break

Eat delivered meals

1
6:00 PM 7:00 PM Cmte. of the Whole Preamble, Principles & Resolutions 4

«  Time permitting, subcommittees MAY choose additional public testimony time

Wednesday

Start End Who Agenda Room Editors Pages
8:00 AM 8:45 AM Committee of the Whole Editing Prior Day 4
9:00 AM 9:45 AM Committee of the Whole Preamble, Principles & Resolutions 2 1
10:00 AM 10:20 AM Committee of the Whole Debate & amend Criminal & Civil Justice 2 1
11:00 AM 11:20 AM Committee of the Whole Debate & Amend Nat. Def. & Border Security 2 1
12:00 PM 12:20 PM Committee of the Whole Debate & Amend Health & HS 2 1
12:20 PM 12:40 PM Committee of the Whole Debate & Amend Constit. Issues 2 1
12:40 PM 1:00 PM Committee of the Whole Debate & Amend Bus. Comm. & Tran. 2 1
1:00 PM 1:20 PM Committee of the Whole Debate & Amend Govt & Foreign Affairs 2 1
1:20 PM 1:40 PM Committee of the Whole Debate & Amend Education 2 1
1:40 PM 2:00 PM Committee of the Whole Debate & Amend Finance 2 1
2:00 PM 2:20 PM Committee of the Whole Debate & Amend State Affairs 2 1
2:20 PM 3:50 PM Committee of the Whole Hear Public Testimony 2 2
3:50 PM 4:50 PM Break SREC Meeting
4:50 PM 5:30 PM Break Dinner break
5:30 PM 6:30 PM Committee of the Whole Hear Public Testimony 2 2
6:30 PM 8:30 PM Committee of the Whole Proofreading review. Changes based on public testimony, by subcommittees 5
8:30 PM 8:30 PM Committee of the Whole Final adoption, editor review 5
8:30 PM 10:30 PM Editors Edit and Post Online for public 5

 

Thursday

Start End Who Agenda Room Editors Pages
9:00 AM General Session 1
11:30 AM SD Caucuses Elect Permanent Committees
3:30 PM
Start time contingent on SD Caucuses ending times
4:00 PM Committee of the Whole Permanent Committee Org. 2 2
4:00 PM 7:00 PM Committee of the Whole Public Testimony – rotate by section, time limited 2 2
7:00 PM 8:30 PM Committee of the Whole Changes based on public testimony, loosely by subcommittees (minor changes left to editors) 5
8:30 PM 8:45 PM Committee of the Whole Final amendments, ordering and adoption, subject to non-substantive editing 5
8:45 PM 9:00 PM Committee of the Whole Wrap up and adjourn 5
9:00 PM 9:30 PM Minority report deadline, if any, 30 minutes after adjournment
9:30 PM 11:29 PM Editors, others Proofing, posting online, send to printer 5

Friday

8:00 AM Printed Platform Copies Available
8:00 AM SD Caucuses (Elect party leaders, nominate SREC Committee members)
1:30 PM 3rd general session: Chairman race, Rules Report and
Platform Report—floor debate on Platform starts
6:00 PM Adjourn to ready for Gala and other events
7:00 PM RPT Gala and other events

 

Saturday

9:00 AM 4th General Session
Platform Debate by sections continues
1:30 PM 5th General Session,
Platform Debate concludes, Legislative Priorities debate, plank by plank voting
After Convention Adjournment SREC Organizational Meeting

 

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Platform Committee Meeting Rooms Location in Brown Convention Center

Committee and Subcommittee Room Assignments:

The Convention Halls on Level 1 of the Convention Center will be divided into meeting rooms by industrial draping. All our Platform Committee and subcommittee meetings will take place in Hall D, with a few spilling over into Hall E on Monday and Tuesday.

  • Committee of the Whole – Convention Hall D, look for Committee Name Outside of Meeting Room Door
  • Business, Commerce & Transportation – Convention Hall D, look for Committee Name Outside Door
  • Constitutional Issues – Convention Hall D, look for Committee Name Outside Door
  • Criminal & Civil Justice – Convention Hall D, look for Committee Name Outside Door
  • Education – Convention Hall D or E, look for Committee Name Outside Door
  • Finance – Convention Hall D or E, look for Committee Name Outside Door
  • Government & Foreign Affairs – Convention Hall D, look for Committee Name Outside Door
  • Health & Human Services – Convention Hall D, look for Committee Name Outside Door
  • National Defense & Border Security – Convention Hall D, look for Committee Name Outside Door
  • State Affairs – Convention Hall D, look for Committee Name Outside Door

    Platform Meeting Rooms Overview
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Bexar SD 25 Resolutions Committee Report

Business, Commerce, and Transportation

  • Smart Meters: The Republican Party of Texas supports a no-cost opt-out for all Texas electric utility customers, including electric, water, and gas utilities, and the phaseout of smart meters (aka Advanced Meter Infrastructure), to be replaced with mechanical, non-transmitting analog meters when software upgrades are required or the computer smart meters require replacement due to mechanical failure or model upgrade requirements.
  • Toll collection and decriminalization-We urge the Texas Legislature to end the abuse of taxpayers and pass a uniform toll collection and billing procedure law that prohibits excessive fines and fees along with other pro-taxpayer notification reforms. We further urge the Texas Legislature to decriminalize unpaid tolls and fines and remove the ability of toll agencies to block vehicle registrations or impound vehicles over unpaid tolls. We urge this to be a legislative priority.

 Constitutional Issues

  • Right to Self-Defense: We affirm that lawful gun ownership and carry by the people protects us from those who wish to do harm and guards against tyranny by our own government. We call upon our elected officials to resist the narrative that the solution to every problem is less freedom and more regulation, and instead pursue policies that respect freedom while also increasing safety, such as civil litigation protection for lawfully armed citizens acting in self-defense.
  • LTC review-We request that the Texas Legislature review the requirements to obtain an LTC with a view to eliminating ones not required of out-of-state licenses which Texas gives reciprocal recognition.
  • Dual-Use Facilities-Until such time as legal firearm owners are allowed to carry firearms in schools, that religious institutions which host schools on their property and any other dual-use facilities only be treated as a school on scheduled school days while allowing legally carried firearms on weekends and school holidays.
  • Protecting the constitutional rights regarding age- Be it resolved that the Republican Party opposes all efforts to deny rights and privileges to adult citizens based solely upon their age. We further state that all rights and duties of citizenship which are granted based on age, including, but not limited to: voting, involuntary military service, signing legal contracts, owning or possessing firearms, consenting to medical treatment, being charged as an adult with a crime, using of alcohol or tobacco, getting married and paying income taxes should be conferred when a citizen is an adult, at the same age, whatever that age may be, and that, conferring the duties of citizenship at one age while conferring the privileges of citizenship at another age is an unconstitutional practice in violation of the 14th amendment.

 Criminal and Civil Justice

  • Protection from Arbitrary Stops-We request that the Texas Legislature to enact legislation with such language as to protect Texans from arbitrary stops, detentions or arrests without evidence of actual criminal conduct separate and apart from the fact that they were openly carrying a firearm.
  • Independent grand jury review of civilian deaths resulting from law enforcement-Be it resolved that in every incident involving the death of a citizen which was directly caused by a law enforcement officer the relatives of the deceased should be given the right to have a Grand Jury convened within a reasonable time and that the Grand Jury should be tasked with examining the facts of the incident and determining if the actions of the officer(s) involved were lawful and necessary. Furthermore, relatives of the deceased citizen should be allowed to present evidence to the Grand Jury pertinent to the incident.

 Education

  • School Health Advisory Councils: Until the legislature removes sex education from the curriculum of public schools, the State of Texas should adopt changes to Texas Education Code 28.004 to require every member of the School Health Advisory Council (SHAC) to be appointed by the Board of Trustees; require at least 50% of SHAC membership be parents of students within the district; require at least 50% of the attendees of a SHAC meeting be parents of students in the district for business to be conducted; require every school district to post SHAC meeting minutes, full and fair disclosure of the contents of the human sexuality instruction, and proposed changes to health education; close loopholes and prohibit contraception distribution and demonstration; and expand the grievance process to cover the entire section of Texas Education Code 28.004.
  • Healthcare in Public Schools: Legislators shall prohibit reproductive healthcare services, including counseling, referrals, and distribution of condoms and contraception through public schools. We support parents’ right to their prior informed consent to choose, without penalty, which medications and mental health assessments are administered to their minor children. We reaffirm that the age of consent in Texas is 17 years old. We support abolishing the “Texas Child Mental Healthcare Consortium”, “the Trauma-Informed Care policy”, “school-based mental health providers”, “School-based or school-connected mental health interventions”, and other public school programs which serve to expand access to minor children for development and training of 13 university colleges of psychiatry and their residents.
  • Fairness and Integrity in sports according to biological sex-The Republican Party of Texas holds that based on biological sex, males should compete exclusively against other males and females shall compete exclusively against other females in intrastate and interstate athletic competitions at all levels where public and private school institutions participate.
  • Inappropriate content– We request that the Texas Legislature pass legislation that requires Texas schools and libraries to filter inappropriate content, such as pornography, for minors.

 Finance

  • Bailouts and Subsidies: We encourage government to divest its ownership of all businesses that should be run in the private sector, and allow the free market to prevail; this includes all businesses run by school boards and Texas Educational Service Centers. We oppose all bailouts of and subsidies to domestic and foreign government entities, states, and all businesses, public and private.

Government and Foreign Affairs

  • Fair Election Procedures: We support modifications to and the strengthening of election laws to ensure ballot integrity and fair elections. We support the Secretary of State strictly enforcing printing of results tapes for electronic voting for early voting and Election Day at polling locations after the polls close for all counties. We support increased scrutiny and security in balloting by mail; prohibition of internet voting and any electronic voting lacking a verifiable paper trail; prohibition of “rolling polling” for bond and tax rate increase elections; prosecution for election fraud with jail sentences; repeal of the unconstitutional Help America Vote Act; and assurance that each polling place has distinctly marked, where possible, separate locations for Republican and Democrat primary voting. We support all means of protecting the integrity of our elections, including the optional use of paper ballots. We support and call for mandated paper ballot backups and risk-limiting audits. We support only certifying elections that have been run, counted and/or recounted without clear deficiencies. We oppose countywide polling locations due to heightened potential for fraud.
  • Voter Registration: We support restoring integrity to the voter registration rolls and reducing voter fraud. We support repealing all motor voter laws, re-registering voters every four years, requiring photo ID of all registrants, requiring proof of residency and citizenship along with the voter registration application, retaining the 30-day registration deadline, and requiring that a list of certified deaths be provided to the Secretary of State in order that the names of deceased voters be removed from the list of registered voters. We should give the Secretary of State enforcement authority to ensure county registrar compliance with Secretary of State directives. We support and call for immediate enrollment in an interstate cross-check program by the Secretary of State. We also support revising Title 19 funding to avoid incentivizing retention of ineligible voters.
  • Drug Testing of Congress-We support the independent random drug testing of members of Congress to ensure the public confidence and trust of their elected leaders. While Congress is in session, members must be randomly tested at least twice a year. Results of Congressional drug testing will be made public within 30 days of the test.
  • Accountability of Republican Leaders to Pro-Life Values-Elected leaders of the Republican Party of Texas and SREC members should not provide support in any form, including but not limited to contributions, endorsements, fundraising, or advertising for candidates or Republican elected officials who act directly in opposition to the Right-To-Life Planks and Pro-Life Principles of the Platform; When no legislation that directly bans abortion is passed during a regular legislative session, the Chair, SREC members, and other leaders of the Republican Party of Texas shall publicly request the Governor of the State of Texas to call a special session, reconvening the Texas Legislature in order to directly ban abortions.

Health and Human Services

  • Caring for Our Mentally Disabled Citizens: We urge the Legislature to continue funding and operating all state-supported living centers for mentally disabled legal Texas residents, to continually seek common sense improvements to increase efficiency, and to evaluate and consider as the first priority the benefit of medical care over incarceration for criminal offenses and to continually seek common sense improvements partnering with families and private organizations to increase efficiency and provide long term secure and safe housing resources for mentally disabled Texas citizens.
  • Mental Health: We request that the Texas Legislature provide appropriate funding for the improvement of mental health services for children and adolescents. This does not include mental health or behavioral assessments conducted without prior informed-parental consent. This includes funding for training everyone who touches the life of a child in the foster care system in trauma and trauma-informed care.
  • Healthcare Decisions: Healthcare decisions, including routine preventative care such as immunizations, should be between a patient and healthcare professional and should be protected from government intrusion. Texas public schools have a duty to inform parents they can opt out of CDC recommended vaccinations for their children. Abortion is not healthcare. Government has no right to mandate specific medical procedures or methods of healthcare, including mental health or behavioral assessments.
  • Parental Notification and Consent
    We support informed-parental or legal guardian consent for all medical care, counseling, etc., for all minors. No school, public or private or medical practitioners and counselors shall withhold from a parent or legal guardian information that is relevant to the physical or mental health of a minor, including information related to a minor’s perception that his or her gender or sex is inconsistent with his or her biological sex.

  State Affairs

  • 315: Historical Monuments: We believe all historical war memorials, including Confederate monuments and cemeteries, in Texas should be protected from future removal or defacement and that those monuments that have been removed should be restored to their historical locations.
  • Pro-life – Abortion Abolition Strategy: Until the abolition of abortion is achieved, we support laws as legislative priorities that restrict and regulate abortion including, but not limited to:
  1. Parental and informed consent.
  2. Prohibition of abortion for gender selection.
  3. Prohibition of abortion due to the results of genetic diagnosis.
  4. Prohibition of licensing, liability, and malpractice insurance for abortionists and abortion facilities.
  5. Prohibition of financial kickbacks for abortion referrals.
  6. Prohibition of partial-birth, late-term abortions.
  7. Prohibition of abortions after the time an unborn child’s heartbeat is detected.
  8. Prohibition of the manufacturing and sale of abortifacients (e.g., morning after pill).
  9. Elimination of causes of action for “wrongful birth.”
  10. Enactment of any other laws that will advance the right to life for unborn children.
  11. Health insurance coverage for abortion services and abortifacients, which under Texas law should be considered supplemental coverage and billed to the beneficiary.
  12. Prohibition of discriminatory abortions.
  13. Prohibition of dismemberment abortions.
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Bexar SD 25 2020 Convention Agenda

May 23, 2020

  1. 9:00 AM Call to order by the Temporary Convention Chairman, Mark Dorazio
  2. Invocation
  3. Pledges
  4. Address by U.S. Congressman Chip Roy, District 21
  5. Agenda
  6. Roll Call of the Temporary Roll of Delegates—Temporary Secretary Marilyn Jowdy
  7. Report of the Temporary Credentials Committee—Temporary Chairman Judge Rene Diaz
  8. Report of the Temporary Rules Committee—Temporary Chairman Curt Nelson
  9. Report of the Permanent Organization Committee—Chairman Lani Popp
    • Election of Permanent Convention Officers
  1. Appointment of Permanent Nominations, Permanent Resolutions Committees and Appointment of the Parliamentarian
  2. Recess (Precinct Caucuses take place, if applicable)
  3. Report of the Permanent Nominations Committee
  4. Report of the Permanent Resolutions Committee
  5. Other Business and Announcements
  6. Adjournment

**Subject to appointment after election of permanent convention officers