This list was created based on feedback from Rep. Madden, Rep. Paxton, Rep. Taylor, Sen. Shapiro, Empower Texans, Eagle Forum, Heritage Institute, Young Conservatives of Texas, TSRA/NRA, T.U.R.F., and the Texas Conservative Coalition.
Here are the 5 bills that passed (signed by Gov.) in our list of the Top 20 Conservative bills this session:
- Number 7: HB 15 Sonogram bill <– Eagle Forum and Pro-Life groups wanted this
- Number 9: SB 257 Choose Life license plates and fund <– Eagle Forum and Pro-Life groups wanted this
- Number 11: SB 14 Photo Voter ID <– every group want this
- Number 16: SB 321 Allows guns in locked cars on employer’s parking lot <– TSRA and NRA wanted this
- Number 19: SB 18 restricts usage of Eminent Domain <– this was only a minor improvement to “Public Use” not “Public Necessity” per T.U.R.F.
Here is our list of bills that failed to be passed this session:
- Number 1: HB 297 Nullify ObamaCare
- Number 2: HB 296 Enforce immigration laws and require mandatory E-Verify
- Number 3: HB 12 (or SB 9 in Special Session) prohibits Sanctuary Cities in Texas (neither bill had big penalties)
- Number 4: HB 623 Detect and Report the full costs to Texas of illegal immigration
- Number 5: HB 292 No anchor babies in Texas (no automatic citizenship to children of illegal aliens)
- >Number 6: HB 177 No driver’s licenses for illegal aliens (could be used to vote illegally)>
- Number 8: HB 779 No taxpayer funding of abortions
- Number 10: HB 298 Exempt Texas made firearms or ammunition from Federal regulation (Leo Berman withdrew his bill because Montana was already in Fed. Court over it)
- Number 12: HB 187 Zero-based budgeting for the State of Texas (to help cut unnecessary State spending)
- Number 13: HB 756 Cap the maximum rate of growth of State spending
- Number 14: HB 312 Limit increases Property Tax appraisals
- Number 15: HJR 37 TX Constitutional amendment to require two-thirds vote to raise taxes
- Number 17: HJR 46 TX Constitutional amendment to release school districts from unfunded State mandates
- Number 20: SB 174 Prohibit Eminent Domain taking of private property for recreational purposes
Given a super-majority in the House, getting only 4 of the 20 passed- indeed, only 4 out of 20 even out of committee- is pretty poor results (even though the 4 passed were all critical ones).
Here are the Top 20 Conservative bills in order of critical priority:
HB681 Relating to an employee’s transportation and storage of certain firearms or ammunition while on certain property owned or controlled by the employee’s employer. House version of SB321 parking lot bill.
HB623 Relating to the detection and reporting of unauthorized immigration, the collection and dissemination of information concerning unauthorized immigration, the legal treatment or classification of unauthorized immigrants for certain purposes, the enforcement of certain laws governing immigration, and the establishment of English as the official language of this state.
HB296 Relating to the enforcement of immigration laws, to the investigation, prosecution, and punishment of certain criminal offenses concerning illegal immigration, and to certain employment and labor practices and requirements to use E-Verify; providing civil and criminal penalties.
HB177 Relating to the requirement of citizenship or lawful presence in the United States for issuance or renewal of certain occupational licenses, driver’s licenses, and identification certificates.(add Class A misdemeanor penalty from HB197)
HB756 Relating to the maximum rate of growth of appropriations. –OR– HJR70 Proposing a constitutional amendment regarding the maximum rate of growth of appropriations and the use of unencumbered surplus general revenues to fund the state’s rainy day fund and a public school property tax relief fund.