Unbelievable Pardo Hearing: Judge Issues Gag Order, Lets CPS Keep Child

Dear Friends, 

Several of us have heard about the issue between the Pardo family and the local CPS office.  Check out the update from the Texas Homeschool Coalition's Jeremy Newman. 


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ICYMI: "I used to be a Democrat:

Slavery Reparation Hearing in DC.

Ex-NFL Player Burgess Owens gives Congress a history lesson.

5 mins and 20 seconds in length

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What a Conference Committee does


Conference Committee

If a conference committee is requested, the presiding officers each appoint five members from their respective chambers to serve on the committee.  A conference committee’s charge is limited to reconciling differences between the two chambers, and the committee may not alter, amend, or omit text that is not in disagreement without the adoption of an “out of bounds” resolution by both chambers.  The committee also may not add text on any matter that is not in disagreement or that is not included in either version of the bill in question without such a resolution.  After the committee has reached an agreement, a report is prepared for submittal to the house and senate.  The report must be approved by at least three conferees from each chamber  and  must  contain  the  text  of  the  bill  as  approved  by  the  conference  committee,  a  side-by-side analysis    comparing the   text   of  the   compromise bill  to  both  the   house    and  the  Senate versions, an updated fiscal note, and the signatures of those members of the conference committee  who  approved  the  report.    A conference committee report is not subject to amendment by the house or senate and must be accepted or rejected in its entirety.

Should the proposed compromise remain unacceptable to either chamber, it may be returned to the same conference committee for further deliberation, with or without specific instructions, or the appointment of a new conference committee may be requested.  Failure of the conference committee to reach agreement kills the bill.    If the conference committee report is acceptable to both chambers, the bill is enrolled, signed by both presiding officers in the presence of their respective chambers, and sent to the governor.

https://tlc.texas.gov/docs/legref/legislativeprocess.pdf

 


Nanny State Mental Health Bills Are Coming Out Of The 86th Legislative Session

ET4L has been sounding the alarm concerning
SB 10, SB 11, et al
aka academic mental health centers.

As promised, see the Coalition For Protection of Parental Rights Press Release concerning the consortium and learn what the 'trauma-informed care' bills mean for you and your children. 
 
 
Thank you to these TX House Reps for voting to push back against the legal drugging of our children...

Biedermann; Bohac; Cain; Craddick; Darby; Frank; Hefner; King, P.; Klick; Krause; Lang; Middleton; Noble; Parker; Patterson; Sanford; Schaefer; Shine; Smithee; Springer; Stephenson; Stickland; Swanson; Tinderholt; Toth; White; Wilson; Zedler 
 
More information concerning the
academic mental health bills will be released soon. 


Keep an eye out 

for this information and be ready to
call your Senator to tell them to vote 'NO'.
 
 

Austin Update & SB 10


In Austin, this week, ET4L's Legislative Committee Chair Desiree Watts and Executive Director Stacy McMahan went in separate directions, with the exception of the Texas Conservative Grassroots Coalition's (TCGC) Press Conference, while focusing on ET4L's top legislative priorities, as well as bills we strongly oppose. 

It has been a busy week filled with the House Budget vote and the Property Tax Hearing, among other bills. Yesterday, with the TCGC Press Conference, Texans for Vaccine Choice Freedom Fight Rally, and the Capitol. 

An immediate issue is regarding SB 10 and SB 11 - mental health bills that will turn our schools' into public mental health centers.

ET4L has learned that a TCGC statement and the video of yesterday's TCGC press conference will be released next week. In the meantime, read the TCGC Press Release here and East Texans for Liberty's position on SB 10 and SB 11 here

ET4L would like to thank JoAnn Fleming, Cindy Asmussen, Trayce Bradford, Pastor Stephan Broaden, Barbara Harless, Alice Linahan, and Rachel Malone for their informational statements concerning SB 10 and SB 11 yesterday.  

We also wish to give a shout out to SREC Bob Kecseg for his swift action on SB 10, back when SB 10 -- not SB 11 -- was before the Senate and roughly 147 other mental health bills were being pushed. The intent was blinking in neon.  (Reportedly now there are 400 mental health bills.) 

Additionally, ET4L wishes to thank all of the SREC members that attended yesterday's press conference, all of which are in unison in opposing SB 10 and SB 11.  

HATS OFF TO YOU ALL! 

East Texans for Liberty joins in asking
Governor Greg Abbott to VETO SB 10. 

Be on the lookout for more on 
SB 10 & SB 11 next week!

ET4L is rounding out the week with a meeting tonight with RPT Chair James Dickey on his 2020 plan and the SREC vote tomorrow. 



Also, be sure to mark your calendar for ET4L's May 13th meeting for an update on the 86th Legislative Session. 



For Liberty, 

Stacy McMahan
Executive Director
East Texans for Liberty
(903) 500-2292


Press Release on SB 10, SB 11, and HB 1448

 

PRESS RELEASE

Date: March 27, 2019

Contact:  Stacy McMahan, Executive Director, East Texans for Liberty PAC
(903) 500-2292


Gilmer, Texas: The East Texans for Liberty PAC Executive Director and Board of Directors strongly oppose Senate Bill 10, Senate Bill 11, and House Bill 1448 in the 86th Legislative Session for the following reasons:

  • Transforms Texas schools from academic centers to mental health centers;
  • Encroaches upon personal, parental, and medical liberty;
  • Promotes conflicts of interest giving priority to pharmaceutical drugs over other types of mental healthcare;
  • Infringes on the principle of limited government by creating a new one-hundred ($100) million program that is outside of the core functions of state government; and
  • Establishes a new bureaucracy.


 

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Mark your Calendars! Coming up with ET4L

 
UPCOMING MEETINGS & EVENTS 
WITH
EAST TEXANS FOR LIBERTY


MARK YOUR CALENDARS! 

April 8, 2019 
April 27, 2019
May 4, 2019
May 11, 2019
June 10, 2019
July 8, 2019
August 12, 2019
September 28, 2019 - 
Stars of Texas Gala
October 14, 2019
November 11, 2019
December - no meeting

 
For more detailed information see below
 
April 08, 2019 
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Lantana Activity Center

80 Lantana Rd., Gilmer 75644

Speaker Rebekah Warwick with Heritage Action

Mrs. Warwick will cover:
  • The Heritage Action Sentinel Program; 
  • Current fights in Congress, such as the Born Alive Act;
  • The status of the border with a focus on the incentives/entitlements that are pulling illegals to the United States; 
  • Civil Asset Forfeiture - Supreme Court upheld the Indiana court case regarding what can or cannot be seized (BIG NEWS);
  • Hearing on vaccine mandates. The Federal Government is calling on the states to get in-line as to what is mandated regarding vaccines; and
  • Heritage's perception of the gridlock in Washington. 

For more information, see:  https://www.easttexansforliberty.com/et4l_meets_4_8_19


 

Special Event for Senate District 1

April 27, 2019 - Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Lantana Activity Center
80 Lantana Rd, Gilmer 75644


Election Fraud Tour - Senate District 1

Protect Your Vote Texas!


The 2020 Election, Census and Redistricting are right around the corner.

Get the facts to fight the most important battle we've had to fight since 1836.


The Election Fraud Tour will be bringing details about mail ballot fraud, vote harvesting, the potential for digital voter fraud, etc.  This is comprehensive and is the way we are building support for bills we've worked on for months to secure our Texas elections as we head into 2020.  This is critical if we are going to keep Texas from falling to the hard Left in 2020.
  
For more information, see:

https://www.easttexansforliberty.com/election_fraud_tour_senate_district_1

 
Special Event - Back by popular demand! 

May 4, 2019 - Saturday
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Location to be announced.


Speaker:  Robert Shulter, Former Chief of Staff for Dr. Spitzer during the 84th legislature

Shulter is re-joining ET4L to provide a more detailed, step-by-step instruction of how to read, follow, analyze and look for unintended consequences in upcoming legislation. 

In addition to his instruction, Shulter will walk members step-by-step through an actual bill to demonstrate how to read, follow, analyze and look for unintended consequences. 

Following the presentation, Shulter will answer questions. 

Can't make it to Austin to fight or support a particular bill?  You can make a difference! Join us to be part of the solution.

 
May 13, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Lantana Activity Center
80 Lantana Rd, Gilmer 75644

 
  Celebrating Law Enforcement Month  


Speaker:  Chief Wayne Isbell, Chairman of the 100 Club

The original 100 Club was founded in Houston in 1953 by five men who saw a need to support the families of officers killed in the course of their duties. The East Texas chapter was founded in 2017 by Wayne Isbell, Chief of Mount Pleasant Police Department, and members of the East Texas Police Chiefs Association.

Also, ET4L's Executive Director Stacy McMahan and Legislative Chair Desiree Watts will update members on the 86th Legislative Session
.
For more information, see: 
https://www.easttexansforliberty.com/et4l_meets_5_13_19

 

June 10, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Lantana Activity Center
80 Lantana Rd, Gilmer 75644

Speaker:  Upshur Couty Sheriff Larry Webb

For more information, see:
https://www.easttexansforliberty.com/et4l_meets_6_10_19

 
July 8, 2019
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM 
Lantana Activity Center
80 Lantana Rd, Gilmer 75644

ET4L's 5th Annual Summer Blast & Cook Out

Join us for an evening of fun and fellowship! 
  • Drawing for $100 Walmart Card
  • Founding Father Coloring Contest for children
  • Best Dessert Contest
  • Fun, games and MORE for all ages
More details to come. 

For more information, see:
https://www.easttexansforliberty.com/et4l_meets_7-8-19

Assault on our Medical Freedom


Join the March 28th Medical Freedom Rally!


In 2015, seventy-five (75) passionate parents rallied at our state Capitol, as a direct response to a legislative assault of their parental rights, throwing their collective hat into the political arena to protect informed consent, medical privacy, and vaccine choice. Two years later, the newly formed organization would again lock arms at a rally with over 300 in attendance to advance the mission of liberty and freedom in their great state. Now in 2019, our hope is to once again join hundreds of liberty-loving Texans as we lead the nation in this fight for our basic rights to freely raise our children in the way we see fit without government intrusion or coercion. 

Regardless of where you stand on your choice to vaccinate, we can all agree that the nationwide assault on our constitutional rights, including our right to openly discuss and practice our deeply held beliefs, should be protected at all costs. As we head into this crucial history-in-the-making moment, when Texas will decide what liberties we will stand for and what we will hand over, we humbly seek your support at our March 28th rally to fight for our medical freedom to ensure that you continue to have the right to call the shots for you and your family! 

For more information and to register for the March 28th Rally on the South Stairs of the Capitol: www.freedomfight2019.com 


East Texans for Liberty encourages your participation on March 28th!



URGENT ACTION: Save our Texas Monuments this Session

SAVE OUR TEXAS MONUMENTS THIS SESSION 

The legislation that would protect our monuments is being stalled
and we need your help!

Please call today!

 

  • Call Lt. Governor Dan Patrick & House Speaker Dennis Bonnen and please tell them you want a bill to protect the monuments heard this session. 
  • My name is _______ and I live in __________, Texas. I vote in the Republican primary. I am calling upon _____________ (Lt Gov. Dan Patrick or Speaker Bonnen) to guarantee a bill will be heard to protect our Texas historical statues and monuments in this 86th Legislative session.    
  • Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick's Office Line: (512) 463-0001
  • Texas Speaker of the House Dennis Bonnen's Office Line: (512) 463-1000
  • For more information, see: https://www.easttexansforliberty.com/urgent_action_fight_to_save_texas_historical_statues_and_monuments

 



Protecting Texas Historical Statues and Monuments NEEDS YOU! 

  • The Dallas City Council voted to remove the city’s oldest public monument, the Confederate War Memorial in Dallas Pioneer Park Cemetery. The city council had earlier removed a statue of Robert E. Lee in 2017 that had stood for 81 years. It would appear that the Dallas City Council is implementing an agenda that would erase historical figures and events that in today’s society they find distasteful and unseemly.

  • In fact, the appetite to remove historical sites and memorials has spread past Confederate War statues to two of Texas’ most cherished landmarks – the Alamo and the Alamo Cenotaph (also known as the Spirit of Sacrifice), which commemorates the fallen heroes of the Alamo Battle in their fight for independence from the centralist government of Mexico. The San Antonio City Council voted unanimously to return the Alamo to a pre-battle state and physically relocate the Cenotaph memorial to a more obscure location. Opponents of city council’s plan to emphasize the Alamo complex prior to the famous battle for Texas independence fear that millions of visitors who come to the Alamo will not garner a true understanding of the Texas spirit if the Texas Alamo Defenders are de-emphasized and hidden.

  • The Republican Party of Texas supports protecting our Texas statues and monuments.  See Platform Plank #315.

  • The Republican Party of Texas supports protecting the Alamo and the Alamo Cenotaph.   See Platform Plank #296.

  • Recently, an independent poll was taken to assess the public’s reaction to protecting Confederate monuments. This poll specifically asked the tough questions regarding Confederate monuments to distinguish them from the more universally loved Texas Independence monuments and memorials. The poll found that Texans back monument protection with 64% “for” and 26% “against.” In fact, poll results show 60% of Hispanics and 35% of African-Americans support protecting Texas’ Confederate monuments.

URGENT ACTION: Call Your Senator Today!

URGENT ALERT!


CALL YOUR SENATOR TODAY!
 
Seven reasons we strongly oppose SB 10:

♦ It infringes on the principle of limited government by creating an expensive new $100 million program that is outside of the core functions of state government. Instead of appropriating $100 million for a new program, the state could re-prioritize some of the $7.6 billion currently spent on mental health to improve and expand existing efforts.
♦ It will jumpstart the exponential growth of unelected bureaucracies. By enlisting the Texas-funded public universities and the HHSC as the primary constituents of the consortium, this un-elected quasi-governmental body will have direct authority over millions of Texas taxpayer dollars. We all know that once they are funded to start looking for a problem, they are going to find one. Conflicts of interest from pharmaceutical companies, special interests, and the universities themselves will be unavoidable under this structure.
♦ SB 10 duplicates what is already being done under existing authority. The TWITR Project of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center provides psychiatric help to hundreds of children throughout the ten school districts it serves and was implemented with a grant of $565,000. Several medical schools across the state already participate in a mental health consortium that meets quarterly. A new consortium is not necessary to enable further collaboration and coordination of higher education institutions for the purpose of improving access to mental health care.
♦ This proposed legislation has a high risk of evolving into a “Red Flag” monitoring program with respect to gun ownership. The 2018 Republican Party of Texas (RPT) Platform Plank #73 opposes red flag monitoring programs that seek to deprive someone of their right to keep and bear arms if their child is identified under these programs.
♦ This legislation has the potential to make mental illness a cottage industry within our schools. The sale or sharing of any information collected in research or counseling for any commercial purposes is an affront to the constitutional liberties of Texas children and families. SB 10 clearly opens Pandora’s Box of unintended consequences.
♦ SB 10 further endangers the privacy of parents and their children. The stigma attached to any child misdiagnosed or even inadvertently revealed could severely damage children and their families. Information gathered through research or treatment should not be included in a student's permanent file, should not be shared in a database, or released without the express informed consent of the patient or guardian of the patient. Such sensitive information should be delivered to the parent(s) or legal guardians only and destroyed after the student leaves the school or graduates.
♦ SB 10 is ripe for political agendas and abuse. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, the use of psychiatry for political purposes plagued communist and other authoritative regimes. The Soviet Union was infamous for the systemic abuse of psychiatry, where approximately one-third of political prisoners were locked up in psychiatric hospitals. Indeed, political abuse of psychiatric diagnosis is an important tool in stifling political dissent within socialist countries. Is there any doubt – given today’s headlines – that the Democratic Left intends to push the United States into socialism? Mental health issues are becoming the “go to” tool of choice in today’s political circles and are being used to attack gun ownership and the ability of veterans with a PTSD diagnosis to retain their Second Amendment rights.

The Coalition believes that using existing laws and programs to support children with special education conditions, including mental health conditions, can enhance childhood mental health care without creating an expensive new liberty-stealing government bureaucracy.

SB 10 is NOT right for Texas! We should lead the way to Liberty – not into the lap of big Nanny-state government.

A Coalition letter by ET4L's Desiree Watts, Barbara Harless, and Dale Huls is in progress.  JoAnn excerpted these talking points for activists to use to slow down the fast-track of SB 10 in the Texas Senate. 
 
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