Advocacy is not as hard as you think.
As Democrats, we have a unique opportunity to interact with our state lawmakers and provide testimony to committees on legislation important to our neighbors.
What to do now
What to do now
- Email or Call your representatives to let them know what legislation you support or do not support.
- Find out who represents you. SW Austin Rep's contacts are below.
- Sign up to testify in committee. Details under each issue below. (when available)
- Show up for votes in the House or Senate galleries. (may be limited due to COVID restrictions.)
Issues we're tracking
Note: Redistricting will be tackled in a special session later in 2021.
Republicans are pushing to make voting access more difficult. An omnibus bill has been prioritized by Gov. Abbott to falsely characterize voting in Texas as unsecure, leading to more restrictions on voting.
Only 10 states do not have online voter registration – Texas is one of them.
Key Message: I support expanded access to the ballot box. I support online voter registration, expanded voting hours and longer early voting periods. I support no-excuse vote by mail.
See a sample letter against SB 7 and HB 6
What you can do now:
Write to your state representative in support of expanded voter rights, in terms of online and automatic registration. Or, write to the House Elections Committee or the Senate State Affairs Committee in opposition to the governor's proposal to make it harder to access the vote.
*SW Austin Voters - Donna Campbell is on the Senate State Affairs committee - please let her know how you stand.
Bills to watch:
HB 6 and SB 7 - restrict voting rights.
HB 111, HB 350 - expand voting rights.
State Democratic leaders are concerned that the Republican Governor, Lt. Governor and House Speaker will pay for winterizing private electric-producing plants on the backs of public schools.
Key Message: Tap the rainy day fund, if needed, to fund public schools. 50% of the state budget should be allocated to public education. I do not support cuts to public schools.
Key Links: Raise your Hand, Texas
Legislative Priorities Document
Texas is one of just 12 states that has not expanded Medicaid, though we have the highest number of uninsured in the nation. With Covid-related job losses, that number is expected to climb.
Key Message: Support expanded Medicaid in Texas. Texas is currently passing up $5.4 billion a year in new federal funds that could be used to expand Medicaid. The state would have to put in just $1 for every 9 federal dollars.
Review the PowerPoint presented by Anne Dunkelberg from the March 5 meeting.
SW Austin Representatives
Find out who represents you.
Texas House District 47
Vikki Goodwin (TX 47) - D
Office Phone: (512) 463-0652
Texas House District 48
Donna Howard (TX 48) - D
Office Phone: (512) 463-0631
State Senate District 14
Sarah Eckhart (SD 14) - D
Office phone: (512) 463-0114
State Senate District 24
Dawn Buckingham (SD 24)- R
Office phone: (512) 766-7324