On Thursday, the Texas Senate postponed action on Senate Bill 354, NRA-backed legislation by state Senator Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio) that would allow Concealed Handgun Licensees to protect themselves on the campuses of public colleges and universities. A 2/3 vote is necessary to suspend the regular order of business in order to take up and consider any piece of legislation on the Senate floor. Several Senators who had committed to the bill sponsor to vote for suspension asked for more time to work on amendments to the legislation.
Gun control advocates and university administrators who oppose the bill are expected to use this delay as an opportunity to try and flood Senate offices with calls and e-mails, so it is critical that your state Senator hears from you!
Please contact your state Senator over the weekend or first thing Monday morning and urge him or her to (1) support the motion to suspend the regular order of business to take up and consider SB 354; (2) support passage of SB 354; and (3) oppose any gutting amendments to the bill - including any proposal to allow public colleges and universities to "opt-out" of the law. Contact information can be found at the end of this alert. If you need help identifying your state Senator, please click here.
Also this past week, the House Business & Industry Committee reported out Senate Bill 321 by state Senator Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), NRA-backed legislation that would allow employees to transport and store firearms in their locked motor vehicles while parked at work. This bill joins its House companion bill, House Bill 681 by state Representative Tim Kleinschmidt (R-Lexington), in the House Calendars Committee - the body which decides if and when a bill gets scheduled for consideration by the full House.
Unless House leadership and committee members hear from you, either bill could fail to be scheduled or be scheduled too late in the game to pass - which is what happened last session when House action stalled on a voter identification bill that was ahead of the parking lot bill on the House Calendar.
Please contact the House Speaker and the following members of the Calendars Committee and politely urge them to set HB 681/SB 321, NRA-backed employee parking lot legislation, on the House Calendar as soon as possible!
House Speaker Joe Straus
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Todd Hunter, Chairman
Dennis Bonnen, Vice-Chairman
Eddie Lucio III
SD 1 Sen. Kevin Eltife -
SD 2 Sen. Bob Deuell -
SD 3 Sen. Robert Nichols -
SD 4 Sen. Tommy Williams - The Woodlands
SD 5 Sen. Steve Ogden - Bryan/College Station
SD 6 Sen. Mario Gallegos - Galena Park/Houston
SD 7 Sen. Dan Patrick -
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SD 9 Sen. Chris Harris -
SD 10 Sen. Wendy Davis -
SD 11 Sen. Mike Jackson -
SD 12 Sen. Jane Nelson - Flower Mound
SD 14 Sen. Kirk Watson -
SD 15 Sen. John Whitmire - Houston
SD 16 Sen. John Carona - Dallas
SD 17 Sen. Joan Huffman - Houston/Lake Jackson
SD 18 Sen. Glenn Hegar - Katy
SD 19 Sen. Carlos Uresti - San Antonio
SD 20 Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa -
SD 22 Sen. Brian Birdwell - Waco/Granbury
SD 24 Sen. Troy Fraser -
SD 26 Sen. Leticia Van de Putte - San Antonio
SD 27 Sen. Eddie Lucio -
SD 28 Sen. Robert Duncan -
SD 29 Sen. Jose Rodriguez -
SD 30 Sen. Craig Estes -
SD 31 Sen. Kel Seliger -