Precinct 4410Haltom City, Tarrant County, TX

Republican Precinct Chairman

Texas Speaker of the House Election
 Updated on Friday, Jan 15, 2021

The election for the Texas Speaker of the House took place on Tuesday, Jan 12. A roll call was taken called for by our State Representative Stephanie Klick and 2 other state Representatives which showed that the Speaker was elected by a vote of 143 yeas and 2 nays. I think it is interesting to read the nominating speeches which are available here. It was a bi-partisan effort, which is necessary at some level of governance. I thought that each of the nominating speeches revealed something of the character of the new Speaker of the House, Dade Phelan, and the people that made the nominating speeches, both Republican and Democrat. If you get a chance to read the House Journal transcript for the first day of the 87th Texas Legislature, it just might give you a good perspective for the session that is ahead of us all in the Texas House.

Texas Senate Adjusts Rules for 87th Legislature
 Updated on Friday, Jan 15, 2021

The Texas Senate voted to change the rules so that Legislation favored by Conservatives cannot be killed by a filibuster. This article from Texas Scorecard provides some details of that vote. Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick gaveled in the session, and has posted an interview done by ABC 13 of Houston of what he expects in the 87th Legislature. Dan Patrick has also released an official statement on the Biennial Review Estimate that is a good read that I have not seen carried by news media in our area. Now more than ever it is good to hear news from a variety of sources, including our elected officials who are close to where the Legislative action is taking place.

Hello friends and neighbors!
 Updated on Friday, Jan 15, 2021

The 87th Texas Legislature Session convenes on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 and gavels out on May 31 (barring any special sessions)

Now is a great time to be monitoring the activities of our Texas Legislature. Both the Texas House and the Texas Senate websites provide up to date information about
bills, committee hearings, votes, contact information and news releases from our Legislators. Several hundred bills have already been filed!

And TexasTaxpayers.com is a great website to keep up with how the Legislative session is affecting your taxes!

If your sole source of news about what's happening in Austin is  still from a newspaper, you are missing a valuable information resource that will help sort out the truth on any given matter in consideration by the 87th Texas Legislature. To research what is actually contained in a bill, the Texas Legislature Online website is a great way to stay informed, and follow bill actions and hearings as they progress through the Legislative process.

Here are some facts about the Texas Legislation session (thanks to Brandon Waltens from TexasScorecard.com for the information):

Though there are some exceptions, bills must be filed within the first 60 days of session (by Friday, March 12). However, due to speed bumps placed at every step of the process, it is critical that bills be filed as quickly as possible if they want a chance at becoming law.

The Texas Constitution also prohibits the House and Senate from passing legislation during the first 60 days of a regular legislative session. The main exceptions to this rule are priorities the governor deems “emergency items,” which are able to get a head start in the process. For example, Gov. Greg Abbott’s emergency items last session included property tax and school finance reform.

Another date to remember: Thursday, May 13. When the clock strikes midnight on the 122nd day, all House bills that have not been voted forward by the House are immediately dead.

Each session, however, there is a logjam in the final week leading up to the House Bill passage deadline in which the daily House calendars get longer, and longer, and longer. The items listed on each calendar are too many to be reached in a given day, and so they spill over to the top of the next day’s calendar as unfinished business.

In order to have a reasonable chance of passing, a bill typically needs to be placed on the general calendar before Monday, May 10th.

But wait! Bills don’t just go straight to the floor for a vote. There’s a committee process, and a bill passed out of a committee in the House has the additional hurdle of being placed on a calendar by the Calendars Committee.

April 29 is a date that activists should burn into their minds. A House Bill needs to be passed out of its House committee by that date if its supporters want any reasonable shot at passing it. That means that the committee hearing on the bill needs to be scheduled by at least mid-April if it is going to stay on track.

But what about the Senate? The Senate is a much more flexible body and has imposed far fewer deadlines on itself. The House, however, sets a deadline on itself for voting on Senate Bills. That deadline is the 134th day of session, Tuesday, May 25th.

Senate Bills ideally need to be in the House and moving through the committee process by the early part of May. Those bills that are sent over in the last two weeks rarely make it through the process in time for passage.

Perspective number: 7, 324 - the number of bills filed during Texas' 2019 Legislative Session.

In Summary
 Updated on Friday, Jan 15, 2021

A Republican Precinct chairman is primarily meant to render service to any who are seeking information about Republican candidates and ideas, and serve as a representative of the party for the local area. With the advent of the internet, information is significantly more available than in the past. This website serves the purpose of providing information and resources for any who desire to be more effective in promoting and voting for a government that is of, by and for the people according to the U.S. Constitution and the values Republicans share in their party platform. Please click the Contact button at the top of the page if I can be of service to you in understanding any part of this process of choosing and electing good leaders and preserving and encouraging good government in our city, county, state and nation. Thanks for your interest!

Precinct Reports

Public precinct reports:

Legislative links
 Updated on Friday, Jan 15, 2021

Texas Legislative links:

Texas Senate
Senator Kelly Hancock
Texas House of Representatives
Representative Stephanie Klick

Helpful Political research links:

Texas Ethics Commission Campaign Filings
Open Secrets - Center for Responsive Politics

Federal Legislative links:

The White House

U.S. Senate
Senator Cornyn
Senator Cruz
U.S. House
Representative Kay Granger

Contact the Precinct Chair!
 Updated on Friday, Jan 15, 2021

There is a contact form on the website now that makes it easy to contact me. The contact form is available in the Voter Resources button links.

Passing Thoughts
 Updated on Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020

"Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." -- John Quincy Adams

When I was a boy I was told  that anybody could become President; I'm beginning to believe it. -- Clarence Darrow

I don't approve of political jokes ... I've seen too many of them get elected -- anonymous

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious a matter to be left to the politicians. -- Charles de Gaulle