Report from State Republican Executive Committee Meetings

Posted on March 13, 2009. Filed under: Uncategorized |

State Republican Executive Committee Report for March 2009:

Legislative Day at the Capitol for the State Republican Executive Committee focused on Voter ID legislation. The day began with breakfast and a members-only briefing with our Senate Republican Caucus Chairman Sen. Bob Duell and House Republican Caucus Chairman Rep. Larry Taylor.

Along with 150 County Chairmen and Republican Women, we attended Citizen Lobbyist Training presented by the Texas Federation of Republican Women, Texas Republican County Chairmen Association and the Republican Party of Texas. Check out the great Lobbying Tips and Republican Web Links we received.

SREC members had lunch in the House Members Lounge with Attorney General Greg Abbott. We had several hours to visit various legislators to encourage their support of the Voter ID bill. The Bill passed its first vote on March 11th and will pass in the Senate. It will be assigned to the House Elections Committee which is chaired by Rep. Todd Smith. We need to contact his office as well as the committee members to get passage. Also, if the bill is assigned to Calendars or State Affairs, those also will have to be lobbied.

We learned that even if we may not wish to testify on a measure, signing a “yellow” card in the Senate before entering the Gallery “In Favor Of” [or “in opposition to”] a measure helps show widespread “support” or “opposition” to their bills. Names on these cards are entered into the Record “in favor of” or “in opposition to” a measure. [The House has a similar process, but rather than Yellow Cards, the House uses paper slips which those “in favor of” or “in opposition to” sign upon entry.]

Our SREC members were very well received in most offices, although some Democrat legislators would not meet with non-constituents. Capitol hallways were crowded with some 300 Acorn members wearing “Stop Foreclosure” tee shirts.

We encourage you to review the Voter ID Facts and Talking Points provided by Senator Nelson. Share these facts and talking points with your friends and neighbors and encourage them to contact their legislators to urge support of Voter ID legislation.

Passing Voter ID legislation is probably the single most important action we can take to ensure our Republican future in the State of Texas.

Late in the afternoon, we had a tour of the Speaker’s apartment and time to visit personally with Speaker Straus. He seemed eager to hear from the SREC. We next went to a reception hosted by Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, and he took time to visit with each of us. The evening’s dinner was provided by Governor Rick Perry (although he was not with us because he was touring Texas cities.)

Fridays are reserved for Committee meetings when the State Republican Executive Committee meets each quarter, and on Saturdays, we convene at 9 AM to hear reports from each Committee, budget briefing and consider old and new party business.

The Resolutions Committee presented the following resolutions which were adopted:

Resolution Opposing Local Option Transportation Fund Legislation
Resolution Supporting Republican Legislative Priorities
Resolution Opposing Expansion of Gaming in Texas
Resolution Supporting Rigorous Educational Standards for Science in Texas
Resolution in Appreciation of Speaker Tom Craddick
Resolution in Appreciation of President George Walker Bush
Resolution Congratulating Speaker Joe Straus

We hope you find this report informative and will welcome additional reports from SREC members. It is our desire to represent the voice of Senate District 12 with the Republican Party of Texas. Please don’t hesitate to let us know how we can best serve you.

Jean McIver and Tom Quinones
State Republican Executive Committee for Senate District 12

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