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(*note: we're tracking a curated list of bill - not all bills. If you have bills you'd like to see added plz email to agutierrez@commoncause.org)
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Voting & ElectionsAutomatic Voter RegHB 140Relating to automatic voter registration on issuance or change of a driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public Safety.MinjarezCreates an automatic voter registration system for certain DPS transactions, whether in person, by mail, or online. 1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsVoter reg educationHB 53Relating to the transitional living services program for certain youth in foster care.Minjarezproviding voter registration to foster young adults as part of civic education, financial education and more.1Dropped card in favor
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Voting & ElectionsAutomatic voter regHB 508relating to automatic voter registration of students enrolled in public institutions of higher education.TheirryCreates an automatic voter registration for students enrolled in an institution of higher education 1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsAutomatic Voter RegSB 103Relating to automatic voter registration on issuance or change of a driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public SafetyMenendezCreates an automatic voter registration system for certain DPS transactions, whether in person, by mail, or online. (Appears to duplicate HB140)1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsCampus Poll SitesHB 375Relating to the designation of polling place locations on the campuses of certain institutions of higher education.HinojosaRequires counties to establish a polling location on the main campus of an institution of higher education if it has more than 10,000 studentshttps://p2a.co/yUfbDpR1YY
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Voting & ElectionscountywideSB 101relating to participation in the countywide polling place program.MenendezRepeals 43.007(i), which currently limits the number of counties the SOS can approve to participate in the countywide polling place program 1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsDEFENSEHB 1107Relating to the signature required on an application for voter registration or for a ballot to be voted by mail.SwansonRequires "ink on paper" signature on VR application and expressly prohibits electronic or photocopied signatures; eliminates ability to fax in a VR application; also requiring "ink on paper" signature for mail ballot applications and expressly prohibiting photocopied signatures there too 2YY
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Voting & ElectionsDEFENSEHB 1107Relating to the signature required on an application for voter registration or for a ballot to be voted by mail.SwansonRequires "ink on paper" signature on VR application and expressly prohibits electronic or photocopied signatures; eliminates ability to fax in a VR application; also requiring "ink on paper" signature for mail ballot applications and expressly prohibiting photocopied signatures there too 2YY
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Voting & ElectionsDEFENSESB 074relating to voting and election procedures; creating a criminal offenseHallCuts early voting by 7 days; requires that mobile voting structures not move during early voting; as of 2029, requires paper record or paper reciepts for all voting systems; prohibits direct recording voting systems; and requires an automatic recount if there is at least a .5 percent discrepancy between total number of ballots counted and the number of people who signed the precinct's signature roster2YY
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Voting & ElectionsElection Day HolidayHB 935Relating to the designation of certain election days as state holidays.
BucySpecifies the "first Tuesday after the first Monday in November of an even-numbered year" to be a state holiday. 1Dropped card in favor (3/6/19)YYY
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Voting & ElectionsElection InfrastructureHB 350Relating to the composition of the cybersecurity council.BlancoAdds someone from SOS Elections Division to the state cybersecurity council1YDropped card in favor (3/5/19)YY
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Voting & ElectionsHS Voter RegHB 1427Relating to voter registration application forms in high schools.
GuerraRequires SOS to proactively send voter reg forms to high schools after consulting with TEA on the number to provide1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsHS Voter RegHB 552Relating to voter registration application forms in high schools.CanalesAffirmatively requiring SOS to send mail-in VR forms to high schools after determining the number of students at each high school 1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsHS Voter RegHB 835Relating to the secretary of state providing voter registration application forms to high schools.HernandezRequires secretary of state to provide high schools with registration forms at least once each school year 1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsHS Voter RegSB 527Relating to voter registration application form distribution information reported through the Public Education Information Management System.
RodriguezRequires each school district and open-enrollment charter school to report each semester the number of students who are or will be 18 years old during the school year and the number of VR forms distributed to them. 1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsModernize election infrastructureHB 1205Relating to the creation of a fund to assist local governments with the acquisition of voting system equipment.
AnchiaEstablishes a state voting system fund to make grants to cities and counties to replace voting equipment with money from the economic stabliziation fund, up to 50% of the cost of the equipment. 1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsModernize election infrastructureHB 1421Relating to cybersecurity of voter registration lists and other election-related documents, systems, and technology.
IsraelRequires SOS to develop best practices and training on election cybersecurity; requires immediate reporting of cyberbreaches of election data; and mandates that county election officials take trainings on cybersecurity. 1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsModernize election infrastructureHB 22relating to the use of direct recording electronic voting machines.RomeroEnforces an auditable voting system that uses a paper record and produces a paper receipt for a voter to verify their ballot is 'counted accurately'. Requires all electornic voting systems to be auditable and in recounts the paper receipts are the official votes cast. 1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsModernize election infrastructureHB 362Relating to the creation of a fund to assist local governments with the acquisition of voting system equipment.Israel Establishes a state voting system fund to make grants to cities and counties to replace voting equipment. 1YDropped card in favorYY
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Voting & ElectionsModernize election infrastructureSB 277relating to the use of direct recording electronic voting machines.MenendezEnforces an auditable voting system requirementthat uses a paper record and produces a paper receipt for a voter to verify their ballot is 'counted accurately'. Requires all electornic voting systems to be auditable and in recounts the paper receipts are the official votes cast. 1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsOmnibus election integritySB 9 Relating to election integrity; increasing criminal penalties; creating a criminal offense; creating civil penalties.Hughes2Dropped card againstYY
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Voting & ElectionsOnline Voter RegHB 192Relating to electronic voter registrationReynoldsCreates an online voter registration for voters who possess an unexpired TX driver's license or personal IDCCTX OVR1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsOnline Voter RegHB 2297Relating to voter registration on issuance or change of a driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public Safety.Israel Would codify the remedy TCRP is seeking in their DPS litigationCCTX OVR1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsOnline Voter RegHB 361Relating to electronic voter registrationIsrael Creating an online voter registration systemCCTX OVR1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsOnline Voter RegHB 657Relating to electronic voter registrationDuttonRequiring county registrars to establish a system for online voter regCCTX OVR1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsOnline Voter RegHB 79Relating to voter registration proceduresJohnson, EricCreates both an online and automatic voter registration systemCCTX OVR1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsOnline Voter RegSB 178Relating to electronic voter registrationMilesCreates online voter registration for those who have a Texas DL or personal ID cardCCTX OVR1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsOnline Voter RegSB 734Relating to electronic voter registration.WatsonAuthorizes online voter registration provided that applicants have an unexpired TX DL or personal ID card. CCTX OVR1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsOnline Voter RegSB 757Relating to electronic voter registration.AlvaradoAuthorizes online voter registration provided that applicants have an unexpired TX DL or personal ID card. CCTX OVR1YYY
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Voting & ElectionsReform Judicial ElectionsHB 3040Relating to an interim study regarding the method by which certain trial and appellate judges are selected.HunterStudy methods of judicial selectionIn ReviewYYY
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Voting & ElectionsReform Judicial ElectionsHB 3061Relating to an interim study regarding the method by which certain trial and appellate judges are selected.AllisonCreates an advisory commission of legislators, judges, and civic leaders to evaluate varioud methods of judicial appointment/retention election and make recommendationsIn ReviewYYY
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Voting & ElectionsReform Judicial ElectionsSB 1728Relating to an interim study regarding the method by which certain trial and appellate judges are selected.HuffmanIn ReviewYYY
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Voting & ElectionsDeputy RegistrarHB 529
Relating to renewal of an appointment as a volunteer deputy registrar.
Millerdropped card in favor
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Voting & ElectionsSTVHB 740Relating to straight-party voting.ReynoldsRestores straight ticket voting as of September 2020. 1YY
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Voting & ElectionsSTVSB 359Relating to straight-party voting.MilesRestores straight ticket voting as of September 2020. 1YY
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Voting & ElectionsVBMHB 1104Relating to early voting by mail by any qualified voterMezaAllows no-excuse vote by mail1YY
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Voting & ElectionsVBMHB 2274Relating to the period during which certain voters receive ballots to be voted by mail for each election held in that period.Zweiner1YY
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Voting & ElectionsVDRHB 077relating to registration powers of volunteer deputy registrars.RomeroA VDR may serve throughout the state regardless of county appointed. 1YY
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Voting & ElectionsVoter infoHB 1238Relating to the secretary of state posting on the secretary of state's Internet website a database containing information about each holder of and candidate for all elected offices in the state.Bucy1YDropped card in favor (3/5/19)YY
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Voting & ElectionsVoter regSB 391Relating to the procedures for challenging the registration of a voter on the ground of residence.
MilesRequires a hearing for challenges to a voter's registration when the challenge is based on residence; if the voter fails to appear at the hearing or submit an affidavit, the proposed law still prevents registrars from deciding on the challenge until after they have sent a confirmation notice to the voter1YY
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Voting & ElectionsVoting infoHB 2276Relating to public notice of the time for voting at an early voting polling place.Zweiner1YY
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Voting & ElectionsVoting infoHB 326Relating to a strategic plan by the secretary of state to increase voter turnoutOrtegaRequires the Secretary of State to develop a strategic plan to increase voter turnout, using "evidence-based methods" and working in collaboration with institutions of higher education and requires the Secretary to report in December of every even numbered year on progress. Law expires in January 2025.1YY
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Voting & ElectionsVoting infoHB 933Relating to posting of election information on the secretary of state's and each county's Internet website.
BucyRequires counties to publish election related notices on their website, including a list of polling places, and to submit to SOS a list of each polling place for inclusion on the SOS website; eliminating certain requirements that notices be placed on bulletin boards. 1Dropped card in favor (3/4/19)YY
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Voting & ElectionsVR citizenship HB 378Relating to the verification of citizenship of an applicant for voter registration.LangRequires proof of citizenship to register to vote. 2YY
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Voting & ElectionsVR citizenship SB 482Relating to the verification of citizenship of an applicant for voter registration.FallonRequires verification of citizenship to register to vote2YY
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Money & InfluenceAnti-public financingSB 974Relating to policies and programs that permit the use of public money to finance political campaigns.CampbellDefense - would prohibit Dem Dollars-type programs2YYY
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Money & InfluenceArticle V ConventionHJR 121Applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited purpose of proposing an amendment to the United States Constitution to ensure balance, integrity, and transparency in our national campaign finance system.NevarezCalls for Article V constitutional convention2YYYY
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Money & InfluenceCitizens UnitedHCR 68Urging Congress to propose and submit to the states for ratification an amendment to the U.S. Constitution overturning the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission.AnchiaUrge congress to overturn Citizens United YY
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Money & InfluenceLimits for RRCHB 859
Relating to the acceptance of political contributions by a member of the Railroad Commission of Texas and of political contributions made in connection with the office of railroad commissioner.
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Money & InfluenceContribution limitsHB 1847Relating to limits on political contributions to certain candidates and officeholders.Meza(“PAC to PAC” contribution limit bill); In ElectionsYY
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Money & InfluenceContribution limitsHB 2044Relating to limits on political contributions and expenditures by certain candidates and officeholders.Meza(comprehensive contribution limits bill); in Elections andYY
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Money & InfluenceContribution limits for gubernatorial appointeesHB 2141Relating to restrictions on certain contributions by persons appointed to public office by the governor; creating a criminal offense.Meza(contribution limits applicable to gubernatorial appointees, the "stop-the-pay-to-play” bill). In State Affairs and has passed beforeYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationCensusHB 255Relating to efforts to encourage full participation in the 2020 federal decennial census by the residents of this state, including the establishment of the Complete Count Commission.Blanco1YYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationCensusHCR 20Concurrent ResolutionDuttonCreating the Complete Count Census Committee with the stated goals of studying, developing, and recommending strategies to encourage full participation of the state's residents in the 2020 federal decennial census1YYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationICRCHB 3421Relating to the Independent Citizen Redistricting Commission.GonzalezICRC for only congressional districts 1YYYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationICRCHB 3928Relating to the Texas Redistricting Commission.NeaveEnabling legislation for HJR 1231YYYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationICRCHJR 123Proposing a constitutional amendment establishing the Texas Redistricting Commission to redistrict the Texas Legislature, Texas congressional districts, and State Board of Education districts and revising procedures for redistricting.NeaveICRC for all districts1YYYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationIndependent Redistricting CommissionHB 104Relating to the inclusion of an incarcerated person in the population data used for redistricting according to the person's last residence before incarceration.Johnson, EricIncludes an incarcerated person in the population data used for redistricting according to the person's last residence before incarceration (if that address is within the state of Texas) and to use the adjusted census for redistricting1YYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationIndependent Redistricting CommissionHB 312Relating to the reapportionment of state legislative, congressional, and judicial districts and the creation, function, and duties of the Texas Redistricting Commission.Howard1YYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationIndependent Redistricting CommissionHJR 25Proposing a constitutional amendment establishing the Texas Redistricting Commission to redistrict the Texas Legislature and Texas congressional districts and revising procedures for redistricting.Howard1YYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationIRCSB 1537Relating to the Texas Redistricting Commission.MenendezEnabling legislation for SJR 52.1YYYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationIRCSJR 52Proposing a constitutional amendment establishing the Texas Redistricting Commission to redistrict the Texas Legislature and Texas congressional districts and revising procedures for redistricting.MenendezEnabling legislation is SB 1537.1YYYY
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationIRCSJR 56
Proposing a constitutional amendment establishing the Texas Redistricting Commission and providing redistricting procedures for state legislative, state judicial, and congressional districts.
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Gerrymandering & RepresentationPrison gerrymanderingHB 1322Relating to the facilitation of voting by persons confined in certain jails.
BucyRequires that a written notice be provided to people confined in city or county jail informing them of their right to vote by mail, and providing information about upcoming election dates and applicable voting deadlines; further requires that VR forms and ABBMs be provided to eligible prisoners; and requires jail authorities to assist prisoners in voting. 1YY
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Ethics & AccountabilityEthicsHB 1876Relating to the ethics of public servants, including regulations related to certain political contributions, lobbying activities, reports, and disclosures; creating criminal offenses.Davis1Dropped card in favorYY
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Ethics & AccountabilityEthicsHB 1877Relating to the ethics of public servants, including regulations relating to certain contributions, expenditures, and reports, and certain authority and duties of the Texas Ethics Commission; creating a criminal offense.Davis1Dropped card in favorYY
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Ethics & AccountabilityOpen meetings actHB 2695
Relating to changing the elements of an offense for certain open meetings requirements for a member of a governmental body.
TothYY
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Ethics & AccountabilityOpen meetings actHB 3402
Relating to changing the criminal offense of conspiracy to circumvent the open meetings law.
PhelanYY
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Ethics & AccountabilityOpen meetings actHB 3697
Relating to changing the elements of an offense for certain open meetings requirements for a member of a governmental body.
TothYY
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Ethics & AccountabilityOpen meetings actSB 1640
Relating to changing the criminal offense of conspiracy to circumvent the open meetings law.
WatsonIntended to fix recent court decision that weakened provisions of open meetings actYY
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Ethics & AccountabilityPersonal financial statementsHB 1438Relating to the contents of and public access to personal financial statements filed by public officials and candidates.Turner1YDropped card in favor (3/5/19)YY
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Ethics & AccountabilityPFS OnlineHB 450relating to public access to personal financial statements filed by public officials and candidates.TurnerRequiring personal financial statements to be available online1YDropped card in favor (3/6/19)YY
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Ethics & AccountabilityStrengthen TX Public Info ActHB 1655Relating to the availability of dates of birth under the public information law.Huntermake dates of birth available again in many public recordshttps://txsunshine.org1Dropped card in favorYY
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Ethics & AccountabilityStrengthen TX Public Info ActHB 1700Relating to public information in the possession, custody, or control of a current or former officer or employee of a governmental body; creating a criminal offense.Hunterprovide better access to public records contained in officials' private electronic devices and accountshttps://txsunshine.org1YYY
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Ethics & AccountabilityStrengthen TX Public Info ActHB 2191Relating to the public information law.Capriglionegive Texans the ability to once again track the spending of taxpayer money in contracts with private businesses and with non-profit agencies doing extensive government work.https://txsunshine.org1YDropped card in favorYY
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Ethics & AccountabilityStrengthen TX Public Info ActSB 943Relating to the disclosure of certain contracting information under the public information law.Watsongive Texans the ability to once again track the spending of taxpayer money in contracts with private businesses and with non-profit agencies doing extensive government work.https://txsunshine.org1YYY
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Democracy CivicsHB 1244Relating to including a civics test in the graduation requirements for public high school students and to eliminating the United States history end-of-course assessment instrument.AshbyIn ReviewNYY
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Democracy CivicsHB 3008Relating to the establishment of a civic education project fund for supporting student civic education projects and educator professional development related to those projects.Talarico Creates funding mechanism for HB 3009Pending: See Generation Citizen1YYY
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Democracy CivicsHB 3009Relating to civics instruction in public schools.Talarico Creates requirement that schools offer project-based civics to students once in middle school and once in high school; asks districts to develop civics projects locally in collaboration w/TEA; creates a Civics Project Fund with private/public funds to support curriculum development and teacher professional developmentPending: See Generation Citizen1YYY
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Democracy Free speechSB 18Relating to the protection of expressive activities at public institutions of higher education.HuffmanIn ReviewYY
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DemocracyFree speechHB 2730Relating to civil actions involving the exercise of certain constitutional rights.LeachAnti-free speechwww.protectfreespeechcoalition.com2YY
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DemocracyFree speechHB 3547Relating to civil actions involving the exercise of certain constitutional rights.MoodyStrategically reforms anti-SLAAP statutuewww.protectfreespeechcoalition.com1YY
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DemocracyFree speechSB 1993Relating to civil and criminal liability for engaging in certain conduct involving a critical infrastructure facility; creating criminal offenses.Birdwellwould create substantial criminal and civil liability for individuals and organizations for conduct around critical infrastructure, and as such is likely to chill anti-infrastructure demonstrations and protests.In ReviewYY
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DemocracyFree speechSB 2229Relating to criminal liability for engaging in certain conduct involving a critical infrastructure facility; increasing criminal penalties.Fallonwould revise the law on criminal trespass and criminal mischief in Texas such that individuals and organizations involved in protests on infrastructure sites could be subject to harsh new penalties.In ReviewYY
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DemocracyFree speechSB 2325Relating to the protection of expressive activities at public institutions of higher education.Creightonmandates that each state public school of higher education establish disciplinary sanctions for students or employees who interfere with the "expressive activities of others on campus" but doesn't say what the sanctions would be.In ReviewYY
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HB 325Relating to early voting by mail by any qualified voter.OrtegaAllows any voter to vote by mail regardless of reason (similar to SB 164)
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SB 903HughesPurge
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VotingRelating to requiring a voter to be affiliated with a political party to vote in that party's primary election or otherwise participate in that party's affairs; creating a criminal offense.LangAdds a political party affiliation question to VR application; limiting the right to vote a limited ballot in a party primary to those affiliated with that party at their prior address as established by voter registration records; prohibits those affiliated with a political party from running an independent candidacy in a general election; requires candidates for certain offices in a political party to be affiliated with that party; requiring voters in a primary to be affiliated with that party; requires a one year waiting period before political party affiliation (as made on the voter registration form) takes effect, with an exception for those who turn 18; creates a criminal offense for those who attempt to vote in a primary for which they are not affiliated; requiring primary voters to vote provisionally if they cannot establish their party affiliationsupport
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VotingRelating to allowing a person who will be 18 years of age on the date of the general election for state and county officers to vote in the preceding primary elections.HowardAllowing voters under 18 to register to vote and vote in a primary if they will be 18 by the general electionsupport
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VotingHB526Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identification.IsraelAllows a voter to use a voter registration certificate and other, expanded forms of ID as a voter ID when voting; allows a voter to update their voter registration address at the polls under certain conditions; otherwise expands kinds of voter IDs acceptable to include utility bills, bank statements, etc. supporthttps://capitol.texas.gov/Search/DocViewer.aspx?ID=86RHB005261B&QueryText=%22voting%22&DocType=B
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VotingHB704Relating to renewing the application to receive ballots to be voted by mail for certain elections held during a calendar year.Thompson, SenfroniaRequires that, when a voter is sent a ballot to be voted by mail in the November general election of an even-numbered year, the voter also be sent an application for vote by mail to cover the next two years of electionssupporthttps://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/HB00704I.htm
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VotingHB740Relating to renewing the application to receive ballots to be voted by mail for certain elections held during a calendar year.ReynoldsRestores straight ticket voting as of September 2020. https://capitol.texas.gov/Search/DocViewer.aspx?ID=86RHB007401B&QueryText=%22voting%22&DocType=B
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Campaign FinancingHB776Relating to political contributions by corporations and labor organizations to certain political committees Sarah Davissupporthttps://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/HB00776I.htm
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HB781Sarah DavisAn officer/employee of a political subdivision may not employ a person to use public funds to make unlawful political contributions/expenditures. Results in a Class A misdemeanor.https://capitol.texas.gov/tlodocs/86R/billtext/html/HB00781I.htm
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VotingHB824Relating to requirements to vote, including presenting proof of identification.ReynoldsAllows a voter to use a voter registration certificate and other, expanded forms of ID as a voter ID when voting; allows a voter to update their voter registration address at the polls under certain conditions; otherwise expands kinds of voter IDs acceptable to include utility bills, bank statements, etc. Supporthttps://capitol.texas.gov/Search/DocViewer.aspx?ID=86RHB008241B&QueryText=%22voting%22&DocType=B
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