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Urgent! The Texas Privacy Act Needs Both Your Prayers and Action Immediately!

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Though the Texas 2017 legislative session has just ended, the Texas Privacy Act, Senate Bill 6, still needs your help.

SB 6 was passed in the Senate but was not even allowed a hearing in the Texas House. It is unacceptable that Texans weren’t allowed to have their voices heard through their elected representatives who wanted to vote on this important bill!

If Gov. Greg Abbott calls a Special Session for SB 6, we can get this piece of legislation back on the table.

SB 6 would have allowed protections for school children by requiring public schools to maintain male and female bathrooms and locker rooms. Additionally, this bill would have provided right-of-conscience protections for business owners who do not want to be forced to provide genderless bathrooms in their businesses.

A special thank you to those who responded to our e-alert requesting that you urge your state representative to support this bill.

Action Items:

  1. Please contact Gov. Abbott IMMEDIATELY at 512-463-2000 and ask him to call a Special Session on the Texas Privacy Act. Tell him that the privacy, safety, and dignity of school children in Texas, as well as the protection of the religious beliefs held by business owners in Texas, matters to you. Let him know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.
  2. Please pass this on to others and ask them to both pray and take action on this important issue right away.

Pray that many people contact the governor to hold a special session for SB 6, that he listens to these requests, and that the State House passes this bill.

Dana Hodges
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org  Ready to take the next step?  Get more involved with CWA of Texas.

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Three Excellent Texas Bills that Need Your Support

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With the Texas House finally debating and passing a budget, they now have no reason to delay in hearing conservative bills on the floor. CWA of Texas has two bills that are currently in the House Calendars Committee. We are praying that the Calendars Committee will act soon and place these on the House Calendar for debate.

We have also been actively involved in promoting the Texas Privacy Act by providing invited witness testimony at the Senate hearing, holding a number of meetings with key legislators, as well as being a guest at multiple press conferences and pastor conferences on the topic. When I have shared my personal testimony of being videoed in a public women’s restroom by a hidden camera placed there by a man, it has changed hearts and minds regarding this bill. People have gone from actively opposing this bill to actively supporting it, even testifying in favor of it. The Lord is working in the hearts and minds of people regarding this bill.

Here are three of our top priority bills …

House Bill 421 – Church Security Protection Act – This bill would allow churches to provide security for their facilities by using volunteers. Currently state law requires that a place of worship hire private security companies to provide security or that the church be licensed by the state as a private security company. Go to our website to view news coverage.

Action Item: Contact the House Calendars Committee and ask them to pass House Bill 421 out of committee and to the floor for a vote. Click on each name for contact information. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

House Bill 522 – Homeowner Association Religious Liberty Bill – This bill corrects bad legislation that was passed several legislative sessions ago that limited the religious liberties of homeowners.

Action item:  Contact the House Calendars Committee and ask them to pass House Bill 522 out of committee and to the floor for a vote. Click on each name for contact information. Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Senate Bill 6 – Texas Privacy Act – This bill would require men and women to use the bathroom or changing facility in government buildings of the gender listed on their birth certificate. This would allow protection of the privacy, safety and dignity of Texans by ensuring that bathrooms and changing facilities in government buildings (including public schools) remain gendered. It also provides protections for private businesses to allow them to make their own bathroom policy. Go to our website to view testimony and news coverage.

Action Item: Contact your State Representative and tell them you want children in Texas protected from being forced to share their bathrooms and locker rooms with students of the opposite sex. Tell them to please contact House Leadership and request Senate Bill 6 be allowed a hearing and floor debate. Click here to find out who your representative is and how to contact him/her.  Go to “Who Represents Me?” on the right side.  Be sure to let him/her know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Please pray for the House Committees to get active on strong conservative legislation. Pray also for our CWA of Texas leadership team as we work in Austin to try and move legislation along.

Two more things:

  1. Please consider financially contributing to CWA of Texas. We are all volunteers so your contribution will go directly to the work at hand.  Any amount is appreciated.  Contribute online or send a check to the address below.  Write the check out to “Concerned Women for America” and put “CWA of TX” in the memo line.
  2. Please pass this e-alert to some friends and encourage them to take action on these important bills. But, before you do, be sure to delete the text on the very bottom “unsubscribe” or they can inadvertently unsubscribe you from our email list.

Thank you for all your prayers and actions.  You are needed, and you are appreciated!

For Him,
Dana Hodges
State Director
CWA of Texas
P.O. Box 1386
Orange, TX 77631
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

State Director Testifies Before Senate Committee in Support of the Privacy of Women and Children (SB 6)

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Dana Hodges represented both CWA of Texas and herself as she gave testimony in support of SB 6.  It was passed out of committee with a 7-1 vote.

Senate Committee on State Affairs
Hearing on Senate Bill 6
Dana Hodges, State Director of Concerned Women for America of Texas

March 7, 2017

Madam Chairman and members of the committee: My name is Dana Hodges and I am speaking today in favor of Senate Bill 6. I am the State Director for Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas. CWA is the largest public policy women’s organization in the nation.

As the leader of a women’s organization, I work with and represent a wide variety of women from many different backgrounds and socio-economic sectors. Those members have made their wishes known to CWA and what they have conveyed is that Texas needs legislation passed that will protect the privacy, safety and dignity of women and girls in public restrooms and changing facilities. I wholeheartedly agree with their concern and am here as their messenger to pass along their wishes to this committee.

But I come today, not only as a leader of a women’s organization, but also as a private Texas citizen, to plead with you to give this bill your serious and prayerful consideration. You see, the reason I’m so passionate about seeing this bill passed into law is because I myself was a victim of being videotaped by a hidden camera placed in a women’s public bathroom stall by a man.

One day several years ago, I received a phone call notifying me that a hidden video camera was found inside a women’s bathroom stall that I had visited. Images of me were found among the footage. The camera was hidden in a small, white plastic coat hook, exactly like the one I’ve brought with me today.  As you can see, it looks completely innocent and no one would dream that a video recording device was hidden inside the small opening. Thankfully the device was found and turned over to the authorities before the man who placed it inside the women’s bathroom stall was able to retrieve it. I shudder to think at what could have happened to the footage had the man gained access to the camera before it was found.

Going through this experience was especially traumatic for me as a survivor of rape that happened when I was a teenager. Knowing that someone had violated me again dredged up lots of old memories and emotions. I struggled for over a year to use any public bathroom for fear that there was a recording device hidden somewhere inside.

We have heard many of the news reports of females being assaulted in public restrooms, but how many more instances do we not hear about because women do not even realize that they have been secretly videoed without their knowledge?

Senate Bill 6 specifically refers to public buildings, which, of course, includes public schools. Opening up the bathrooms and locker rooms for boys to freely enter into the girls’ facilities is a disaster waiting to happen. I was able to purchase this hook with the camera embedded in it for $12 online. What seventh grade boy isn’t able to order the very same hook, place it in the girls’ locker room since he has unrestricted access, then retrieve the camera and upload the images to the internet?

Thankfully, I am a woman of faith. Faith that God can use my traumatic experience to make a difference in the lives of others. That’s why I am here sharing my story today, albeit an uncomfortable one to share. I don’t wish for anyone to ever go through what I went through. Let’s pass Senate Bill 6 into law so we won’t ever have to look at our sisters, daughters and mothers and tell them we stood idly by and did nothing to protect them.

Three Important Texas Bills Need Your Prayer and Action

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Three important bills which we have previously brought to your attention will be heard early next week at the State Capitol in Austin.  Please act on these bills by the end of tomorrow if at all possible.

Homeowners Religious Freedom Act, HB 522, sponsored by Rep. Mike Schofield (R-Katy), would undo language from a previous bill (HB 1278) which authorized homeowners’ associations (HOA) to dictate to homeowners whether or not religious displays are allowed on their own property (up to the front door), and it gave HOA’s the authority to remove any of these displays if they were at any point deemed offensive.

It’s outrageous to even suggest that homeowners’ religious liberties be regulated, but it’s not just an idea at this point; it is law.  This must be undone.  Support the right of Texans to worship freely at our own homes.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  You shall write [these words] on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:5,9)

Status: HB 522 is in the House Committee on Business & Industry with a hearing scheduled for March 6 at 11:00 a.m.

Action needed: Contact the committee members and ask them to support HB 522.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Texas Privacy Act, SB 6, sponsored by Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), is a necessary piece of legislation.  It ought to be common sense that boys and girls should not share locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, but alas the obvious doesn’t seem quite so obvious to some.  Even though President Trump has walked back President Obama’s executive transgender directive for public schools, we still need to proactively protect the women and children of Texas. The Privacy Act would protect the privacy of all and applies to public schools, colleges, universities, and government-owned facilities.  For more information, click here.

“… male and female God created them …” (Genesis 1:27)

“… but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)

Status: SB 6 is in the Senate Committee on State Affairs with a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Action needed: Contact the committee members and ask them to support SB 6.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Church Security Protection Act, HB 421, sponsored by Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) would remove burdensome regulations on churches. With violent church attacks on the rise, not having security is not an option, but churches must currently undergo onerous requirements and formidable expenses in order to have a security team or ministry.

Status: HB 421 is in the House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety with a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Action needed: Contact the committee members and ask them to support HB 421.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Please pray:

  1. for the passage of each of these bills.
  2. for CWA of Texas State Director, Dana Hodges, as she testifies at each of these hearings. Pray that the Holy Spirit will speak through her. “Behold I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. You will even be brought before governors and kings, for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. … do not worry about how and what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” (Matthew 10:16, 18, 20-21)
  3. if at all possible, during the exact moment of these hearings. (Monday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m.)

In His service,

Dana Hodges

State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

Three Important Texas Bills Need Your Prayer and Action

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Three important bills which we have previously brought to your attention will be heard early next week at the State Capitol in Austin.  Please act on these bills by the end of tomorrow if at all possible.

Homeowners Religious Freedom Act, HB 522, sponsored by Rep. Mike Schofield (R-Katy), would undo language from a previous bill (HB 1278) which authorized homeowners’ associations (HOA) to dictate to homeowners whether or not religious displays are allowed on their own property (up to the front door), and it gave HOA’s the authority to remove any of these displays if they were at any point deemed offensive.

It’s outrageous to even suggest that homeowners’ religious liberties be regulated, but it’s not just an idea at this point; it is law.  This must be undone.  Support the right of Texans to worship freely at our own homes.

“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.  You shall write [these words] on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” (Deuteronomy 6:5,9)

Statues: HB 522 is in the House Committee on Business & Industry with a hearing scheduled for March 6 at 11:00 a.m.

Action needed: Contact the committee members and ask them to support HB 522.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Texas Privacy Act, SB 6, sponsored by Lois Kolkhorst (R-Brenham), is a necessary piece of legislation.  It ought to be common sense that boys and girls should not share locker rooms, showers, and bathrooms, but alas the obvious doesn’t seem quite so obvious to some.  Even though President Trump has walked back President Obama’s executive transgender directive for public schools, we still need to proactively protect the women and children of Texas. The Privacy Act would protect the privacy of all and applies to public schools, colleges, universities, and government-owned facilities.  For more information, click here.

“… male and female God created them …” (Genesis 1:27)

“… but whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to stumble, it would be better for him to have a heavy millstone hung around his neck, and to be drowned in the depth of the sea.” (Matthew 18:6)

Statues: SB 6 is in the Senate Committee on State Affairs with a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Action needed: Contact the committee members and ask them to support SB 6.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Church Security Protection Act, HB 421, sponsored by Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-Irving) would remove burdensome regulations on churches. With violent church attacks on the rise, not having security is not an option, but churches must currently undergo onerous requirements and formidable expenses in order to have a security team or ministry.

Statues: HB 421 is in the House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety with a hearing scheduled for Tuesday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m.

Action needed: Contact the committee members and ask them to support HB 421.  Be sure to let them know that you are a member of Concerned Women for America of Texas.

Please pray:

  1. for the passage of each of these bills.
  2. for CWA of Texas State Director, Dana Hodges, as she testifies at each of these hearings. Pray that the Holy Spirit will speak through her. “Behold I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves; so be shrewd as serpents and innocent as doves. You will even be brought before governors and kings, for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. … do not worry about how and what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you.” (Matthew 10:16, 18, 20-21)
  3. if at all possible, during the exact moment of these hearings. (Monday, March 6 at 11:00 a.m. and Tuesday, March 7 at 8:00 a.m.)

In His service,

Dana Hodges
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org

Don’t Miss Out on Our CWA Dinner at the Texas Faith and Family Day – March 15

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Please join us for our upcoming “CWA Faith and Family Dinner with the Legislators” in Austin on March 15.  This is our biennial fundraiser event that takes place in conjunction with the Texas Faith and Family Day sponsored by CWA of Texas and multiple other outstanding pro-family organizations. The dinner will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Holiday Inn – Lady Bird Lake (Town Lake) in Austin.

Join us and dozens of Texas Legislators for an evening of fun, fellowship, and inspiration. This is an event that you don’t want to miss!

The following day is the Faith and Family Day at the Capitol, where attendees will have the opportunity to hear about various bills pertaining to our faith and family values and be given practical steps on how to personally play a role in seeing these bills passed into law.  It’s an exciting day of information and advocacy! The briefing session will be followed by a Faith and Family Rally on the South steps of the Capitol.

We look forward to having you join us in Austin for these special events.

To find out more details and to register for our “CWA Faith and Family Dinner with the Legislators” and the Faith and Family Day, go to texasfaithandfamily.com.  Purchase tickets to the dinner online with a credit/debit card, or mail a check to CWA of Texas, P.O. Box 1386, Orange, TX 77631.

For more information, please email me at [email protected].

Prayerfully consider joining us for these very important advocacy events, and let your voice be heard!

Dana Hodges
State Director
CWA of Texas
[email protected]
tx.cwfa.org