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Guide to Precinct Meetings and Resolutions

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Attend your Precinct meeting on the evening of election at the site of your precinct election. A notice will be posted there for the meeting location if it has been changed.

The meeting is called to order upon the closing of the polls there, usually 7:00 p.m.

There are three activities of that meeting:

  1. Selection of a temporary chairman for the meeting. This is usually the permanent precinct chairman.  An envelope of instructions and forms are provided by the Election personnel.
  2. Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the Senate/County Convention are elected based on an allotted number for the precinct.
  3. Resolutions are proposed planks for the Party platform. They are introduced by those attending the meeting who have voted in that Party’s Primary election.  Three copies of each resolution are required to be presented.  (It is usually an effective practice to take as many copies of your resolution as anticipated people attending the precinct meeting for clarity of presentation.)  Each resolution is voted on separately and only those with affirmative votes are sent to the Senate or County Resolutions Committee. The following paragraph is attached to the end of each resolution:

Be it further resolved that a copy of this resolution be sent to the ____(1)__________Senate District/County Convention Resolutions Committee from Precinct #___(2)___ of the ___(3)_________ County _____(4)__________ Party, with the recommendation that it be passed and sent to the State Convention Platform Committee of the___(5)_____ Party of Texas.

(1) If your voting precinct is in a county with multiple Texas Senate Districts then you will attend the Senate District Convention representing your Texas Senator. If your voting precinct is in a county with a single Texas Senate District, then you will attend a County Convention.

(2) Your Precinct number can be found on your Texas Voter Registration card. On Election day, that is where you will vote if you have not voted early and that is the site of your Precinct meeting.

(3) Name of your County

(4) Either Democratic or Republican

(5) Either Democratic or Republican

 

The remarks from CWA of Texas State Director, Ann Hettinger, at the Voices for Life event held in the courtroom where the Roe v. Wade case was decided:

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How do you comprehend the loss of 60 million lives?

There is no doubt the reason you are here tonight is to try to comprehend the issue of what I consider a crime against our God.   Let’s consider other catastrophes in America. At Pearl Harbor, 2,403 people were killed; in the 9-11 attacks 2,996 people were killed; in Oklahoma City 168 people were killed in 1995; at the Boston Marathon in 2013, 5 people were killed.

These numbers pale in comparison to 60 million.

As I was trying to comprehend the impact of 60 million human lives, I compared it to populations in our country.   What if by some attack, major American cities were annihilated?  Using the census data from 2010, here are the cities where no human would be left alive: New York City, (8,175,133); Los Angeles, (3,792,621); Chicago, (2,695,598); Houston, (2,099,451); Philadelphia, (1,526,006); Phoenix, (1,445,632); San Antonio, (1,327,407); San Diego, (1,307,402); Dallas, (1,197,813); Honolulu, (953,207); San Jose, (945,942); Jacksonville, (821,784); Indianapolis, (821,445); San Francisco, (805,235); Austin, (790,390); Columbus, OH, (787,033); Louisville, (780,532); Fort Worth, (741,206); Detroit, (713,777); El Paso, (649,121); Memphis, (646,889); Baltimore, (620,961); Boston, (617,594); Seattle, (608,660); Washington, DC, (601,723); Nashville, (601,222); Denver, (600,158); Milwaukee, (594,833); Portland, OR, (583,776); Las Vegas, (583,756); and that brings the total to only 38,435,307!  You would have to continue to 103 more American cities before it would total 60 million.  Every human in those cities would have to die to equal the number of babies aborted in America.  Can you imagine the anguished outcry if this would have happened?

In struggling to answer the question “why”, I looked at the judges whose duty it was to deal fairly.  Judge Sarah Hughes, of the three-panel court that made the initial judgement here in Dallas, was the only woman judge involved in the decisions.  After completing law school, she could not find a job because she was a female.  She became a strong female advocate.  Judge Goldberg of the 5th Circuit depended on a prior decision of the Supreme Court that interpreted the 9th amendment to mean that government was to stay out of the affairs of citizens as much as possible.  In the Supreme Court, Lewis Powell had a previous associate whose girlfriend had died from an abortion.  Thurgood Marshall was the first African-American Justice on the Supreme Court and in his realm of reality through his work with the NAACP, he saw many struggling women.  His opinion of the Constitution was that it is a living document meant to respond to societal needs.  William Douglas, William Brennan and Harry Blackmun joined Marshall in his belief in a “living constitution.”  All three were strong advocates against the death penalty.  Chief Justice Warren Burger later recanted his position and wished to see the matter litigated again.

Almost without exception, not related to appointment by a particular political party, each of these judges had a reason in their past that would predicate a sympathy for women in distress.  Almost without exception, these judges revealed a liberal interpretation of the constitution.  Almost without exception, these same judges opposed the death penalty.  For me, that is the height of inconsistency.

“So what, Ann?” you say.  Zephaniah 3:5 says, “But the unjust knows no shame.” I don’t think we should count on the public at large to care.   II Chronicles 7:14 says clearly, “If my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Until then, we, God’s people, must work through education and public policy involvement to halt this horror.

Tonight, we will memorialize those 60 million little ones.  I’m asking that you approach the Bar of Justice, take a battery operated candle, please turn it off, and place it in the basket.  As you take the candle, say a prayer that as we work to educate people and love and support them in adversity, that this stigma on our culture will cease.

***

The prayer continued:  Melissa Ferrer, a mother, prayed for young girls in crisis; Joanne Vuckovic, Director of Rockwall Crisis Pregnancy Center, prayed for the workers and volunteers in crisis pregnancy centers; Tom Schlueter, Pastor and Director of Texas Apostolic Prayer Network, prayed for judges and lawyers in the litigation process; Jim Haines, Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Dallas, prayed for families in crisis and the pastors who minister to them; Texas Sen. Bob Hall prayed for the lawmakers as they work to write legislation protecting the unborn; Carol Silvage, a teacher, prayed for the teachers in classrooms across America as they struggle to deal with the young women in this culture.

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

Statue of Goddess Plethora to Be Erected in San Antonio

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Believe it or not, the Bexar County Commissioners Court in San Antonio, Texas, has decided to use tax dollars to fund a monument dedicated to a pagan goddess. It is to be placed by the San Pedro Creek, which is actually on property under the San Antonio River Authority. The artist commissioned to create this statue has stated his statue will represent the pagan goddess Plethora. According to The Rivard Report, Rodriguez-Gerada states in his proposal that the sculpture is an allegorical representation of an archetypal goddess, evoking an image of “a maternal, providing protector who is venerated and powerful.” The county has decided to spend $735,000 on a statue that favors a specific religion. How can a county do this?

Using public funds to erect a statue of a goddess on public property is illegal and unconstitutional. The Constitution of Texas and the United States Constitution both have a clause regarding the establishment of religion. This action by the Bexar County Commissioners Court violates this clause.

This pagan statue will offend many citizens of San Antonio as it does not represent their values and beliefs.

Interestingly, the synonyms for the word “plethora” are excess, overabundance, superabundance, surplus, glut, superfluity, surfeit, and profusion.  With a price tag of $735,000, the name is quite appropriate.

The Scriptures clearly teach about the penalty for worshipping pagan gods.  Ezekiel 6:4-7 says, “So your altars will become desolate and your incense altars will be smashed, and I will make your slain fall in front of your idols. (5) I will also lay the dead bodies of the sons of Israel in front of their idols, and I will scatter your bones around your altars. (6) In all your dwellings, cities will become waste and the high places will be desolate, that your altars may become waste and desolate, your idols may be broken and brought to an end, your incense altars may be cut down, and your works may be blotted out. (7) The slain will fall among you, and you will know that I am the LORD.”

Please Pray:  Ask the Lord to thwart the plans of the enemy.  Pray insurmountable issues arise that prevent this statue from being built and erected.

Take Action:

  1. If you live in Bexar County, please contact the judge and county commissioners of the Bexar County Commissioners Court as well as the San Antonio River Authority Board of Directors. Express your disapproval of this statue and that you would like them to do all they can to reverse the decision.
  2. Please forward this e-alert to all those you know in Bexar County and ask them to both pray and act on this situation immediately.

The Judge and County Commissioners of Bexar County Commissioners Court:

The Honorable Judge Nelson Wolff
Bexar County Commissioners Court
(210) 335-2626
[email protected]

Commissioner Sergio “Chico” Rodriguez
Bexar County, Precinct 1
(210) 335-2611
[email protected]

Commissioner Paul Elizondo
Bexar County, Precinct 2
(210) 335-2612
[email protected]

Commissioner Kevin Wolff
Bexar County, Precinct 3
(210) 335-2618
[email protected]

Commissioner Tommy Calvert
Bexar County, Precinct 4
(210) 335-2614
[email protected]

The San Antonio River Authority Board of Directors:

Michael W. Lackey, P.E.
Bexar County District 3
Chairman of the Board
[email protected]

Hector R. Morales
Bexar County At-Large
Secretary
[email protected]

James Fuller
Goliad County
Executive Committee Member-At-Large
[email protected]

Jim Campbell
Bexar County District 4
[email protected]

Alicia Lott Cowley
Goliad County
[email protected]

John J. Flieller
Wilson County
[email protected]

Gaylon J. Oehlke
Karnes County
Vice-Chair
[email protected]

Darrell T. Brownlow, Ph.D.
Wilson County
Treasurer
[email protected]

Lourdes Galvan
Bexar County District 2
Executive Committee Member-At-Large
[email protected]

Jerry G. Gonzales
Bexar County District 1
[email protected]

Deb Bolner Prost
Bexar County At-Large
[email protected]

H.B. “Trip” Ruckman III
Karnes County
[email protected]

 

Blessings,

 

Ann Hettinger

State Director

CWA of Texas

[email protected]

tx.cwfa.org

 

Texas State Director Addresses the Press Concerning the Texas Privacy Act

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On Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Ann Hettinger, Concerned Women for America (CWA) of Texas State Director, spoke at a Texas Values-sponsored press conference at the state Capitol in Austin.  The occasion preceded the lame-duck hearing in the State Affairs Select Committee on Texas Economic Competitiveness, which is chaired by Rep. Byron Cook, who is not seeking re-election.  In the 2017 regular session and in the special session, the committee refused to hear testimony on The Texas Privacy Act. This bill would have prohibited males in female bathroom and locker room facilities in government buildings. The Texas Business Association alleged that such legislation would be detrimental to Texas businesses, and the committee refused to hear the case based on these accusations. However, studies show unmistakable evidence to the contrary.

During the press conference, Mrs. Hettinger reported on a situation she encountered earlier this year at a hotel conference facility in Austin.  “As the director of a women’s organization, I can tell you for sure that I will not book any event in any place that jeopardizes the comfort and security of my attendees. Businesses will ultimately pay the penalty for ignoring these issues,” stated Mrs. Hettinger.

Click here to watch video footage of the entire press conference.

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

Urgent: Show Your Support for Student Privacy in Austin!

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The hard-fought Texas Privacy Act (SB 3) will be heard in the Texas Senate Affairs Committee tomorrow.  Protesters were on full display this week, sitting on their rainbow toilets atop the Capitol steps. However, this is no laughing matter. The privacy and safety of children is on the line. And your presence at the hearing is needed!

SB 3 would require that school showers, locker rooms, and bathrooms be used in the way that is consistent with the gender listed on a child’s birth certificate. No boys in girls’ showers, locker rooms, or bathrooms, and vice-versa.

Gov. Abbott has called a special session of the Texas Legislature in order to address very key issues, and privacy is one of them. Your presence is requested at the Capitol!

This is what we need from you:

Pray

  • For common sense and decency to reign in the hearts and minds of our state senators
  • For Texans to contact the Senate Affairs Committee and to show up at the hearing to support this bill
  • That SB 3 will ultimately pass into law

 

Call – Call the Senate Affairs Committee now and ask them to vote in favor of SB 3.

Sen Joan Huffman:                 (512) 463-0117
Sen Bryan Hughes:                 (512) 463-0101
Sen Brian Birdwell:                (512) 463-0122
Sen Brandon Creighton:         (512) 463-0104
Sen Craig Estes:                      (512) 463-0130
Sen Eddie Lucio, Jr.:               (512) 463-0127
Sen Jane Nelson:                     (512) 463-0112
Sen Charles Schwertner:         (512) 463-0105
Sen Judith Zaffirini:               (512) 463-0121

Attend – Please plan to attend this hearing at the Capitol building in Austin, on Friday, July 21, at 9:00 a.m.

Share this alert with likeminded friends.

 

“… male and female, He created them.” – Genesis 1:27 (ESV)

“It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin.”

-Luke 17:2 (ESV)

God takes the safety of His children seriously and so should we.

Thank you,

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

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.

  • Join a Prayer/Action chapter. Contact me today to find out if there is a CWA chapter in your area.
  • Please donate to CWA of Texas. Our state is run exclusively by volunteers and supported completely through donations.
  • If someone forwarded you this e-alert and you would like to be on our e-mail list, contact me, and I will be happy to add you.

 

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

CWA of Texas Legislative Update – Dismemberment Abortion, Bathroom Privacy and Church Security

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Much has been happening in Austin as the 85th Legislative session is in full swing. We currently have three bills that we would like for you to assist us in by both praying and taking action.

Dismemberment Abortion Ban

Senate Bill 415, “Relating to a prohibition on the performance of dismemberment abortions; providing penalties; creating a criminal offense.”

 Tomorrow, February 15, there will be a hearing on this key pro-life bill, the Dismemberment Abortion Ban.  This ban would end the gruesome practice of dismemberment abortions and make it a criminal offense when committed. We all became aware of how this horrific abortion practice was being widely performed in the recent undercover Planned Parenthood videos. CWA of Texas will be present at this hearing and will be testifying to the need for this strong pro-life legislation. Click here for more information on this bill.

Texas Privacy Act

Senate Bill 6, “Relating to regulations and policies for entering or using a bathroom or changing facility; authorizing a civil penalty; increasing criminal penalties.”

We have been working with Sen. Lois Kolkhorst (R-District 18) and Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to garner support for SB 6, the Texas Privacy Act. As your CWA State Director, I personally met with Lt. Governor Dan Patrick to express the desire of the CWA of Texas members to see the Texas Privacy Act passed in order to provide protection for women and girls in public restrooms and changing facilities.  I was invited to testify on behalf of this bill and will convey the pressing need to protect women from predators in public facilities. Click here for more information on this bill.

Church Security Protection Act

House Bill 421, “Relating to the exemption from application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a place of religious worship.”

Another bill that CWA of Texas is placing a great deal of focus on and support for is HB 421, authored by Rep. Matt Rinaldi (R-District 115). This bill is called the Church Security Protection Act and would allow church parishioners to provide volunteer security services for their congregation without obtaining a professional security guard commission or letter of authority from the Texas Private Security Board. Under current state statute, if parishioners organize to provide security services and they have not jumped through the necessary hoops, they stand in violation of the law. With the current societal push toward targeting places of worship, we need to stand strong for this bill in order for churches to be able to protect their congregations without burdensome government regulations and interference. Click here for more information on this bill.

Action Items:

  1. Contact your State Senator and ask them to please support and co-sponsor SB 415 (Dismemberment Abortion Ban) and SB 6 (Texas Privacy Act).
  2. Contact your State Representative and ask them to please support and co-sponsor HB 421 (Church Security Protection Act).
  3. Forward this e-alert to friends and family and ask them to pray and take action.

It is vital that you both call and email your legislators concerning these bills as they need to hear a loud and definite stance from us on this. Click here to find out who your senator or representative is and how to contact them.  Put in your address under “Who Represents Me?”

Prayer Items:

  • Pray for SB 415 to be passed out of committee and sent to the Senate floor for a vote. Pray for the success of this bill all the way to the Governor’s desk for signing.
  • Pray that SB 6 and HB 421 will get assigned to a committee and be given a hearing so our voices can be heard on these issues.

In His service,

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

Support Texas Legislation to Protect the Privacy of Women and Children

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Great News!  At a press conference on Thursday at our state Capitol in Austin, State Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R-District 18) alongside Lieutenant Gov. Dan Patrick, announced the filing of Senate Bill 6, called the Women’s Privacy Act. The State of Texas has a duty to protect the privacy, safety and dignity of all Texans, especially when they are in government buildings. This law ensures commonsense–men and boys should not be in girls’ locker rooms and bathrooms.

This bill needs your support!  Please contact your state senator today to express your support for this outstanding legislation!

Some Texas school districts, at the encouragement of the Obama administration and its local cohorts, are ignoring commonsense and adopting policies that force boys and girls to shower together, stay together on school trips, and use the same locker rooms and bathrooms. Two Texas school boards recently implemented such policies and practices behind closed doors, without a vote from the school board or input from parents. This is not acceptable and demonstrates the great need for the state to enact legislation to stop this.

The privacy of school children needs to be protected!

Pertaining to private businesses, this bill plainly states that the government “may not adopt or enforce an order, ordinance, or other measure that relates to the designation or use of a private entity’s bathroom or changing facility or that requires or prohibits the entity from adopting a policy on the designation or use of the entity’s bathroom…”.  If private businesses want to allow unsafe environments for their patrons, we will speak to this by refusing to spend our money at their businesses. Private business owners should never be forced to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs by being compelled by a governmental entity to create genderless bathrooms in their place of business. So you can see this bill will have zero impact on private business. There is no valid argument that this will have any effect on the economy within the state of Texas.

Please support this outstanding legislation!

Please Pray.  God’s Word is clear. There is no question regarding a clear designation of gender. “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)  Pray for your senator by name.  Ask the Lord to give him/her wisdom and conviction in this matter.

We are greatly encouraged knowing you are interceding on behalf of our state.

Take Action! Though it is unknown how soon this bill will go to the senate floor for a vote, senators need to hear from us now as to the position of their constituents as this issue heats up.

  1. Thank Sen. Lois Kolkhorst for filling SB 6. Thank her for recognizing that there is a need for this commonsense legislation in the state of Texas.  Contact her office at 512-463-0118 or email.
  2. Contact your Senator and ask him/her to co-sign SB and vote YES when it goes to the floor for a vote. Click here to find out who your senator is and how to contact him/her. Simply scroll down the right side of the page to “Who Represents Me?” and plug in your address.
  3. Contact your like-minded friend and family and ask them to pray and act on this important issue.

Watch for updates on this bill.  We will keep you informed on our activities on this bill and when it gets closer to a vote.

Please prayerfully consider making a tax-deductible donation to CWA of Texas.  Our leadership team will incur expenses traveling to Austin to advocate for this bill and testify on behalf of the bill during the legislative hearing. Your donation of any amount will help offset those expenses and is greatly appreciated. You can mail your check to PO Box 1386, Orange, TX, 77631 or donate now by donating online at tx.cwfa.org.

Thank you for being a part of this hugely important work in our state!