Elections are behind us, and the 84th Texas Legislature finally convenes today. Texas Right to Life’s lobbying team has been busy gearing up to hit the ground running. Some of you may be wondering – what exactly does the Texas Right to Life team do during Session? The end goal of every action undertaken by the Texas Right to Life legislative team is the implementation of new policies that will protect innocent human life.
As discussed this morning, our preparation for Session begins long before the first gavel hits, but here’s what we do once the session begins:
- Schedule and visit with every Pro-Life Representative and Senator to review the Pro-Life priority agenda.
- Meet new staff members, building relationships for open dialogue with new offices.
- Host educational events for legislators and capitol staff on Pro-Life issues.
- Monitor bills filed, and look for opportunities to amend Pro-Life policy onto germane legislation.
- Read hundreds of bills to identify attempts at anti-Life policies, and alert elected officials when urgent action is needed.
- Compile necessary research and talking points for bill sponsors to successfully defend their legislation in committees and on the floor.
- Host Pro-Life advocates from around the state at the Capitol, introducing them to their elected officials and the Texas Legislative process.
- Speak with members of committees and chairmen to ensure our bills are set for a public hearing.
- Rally Pro-Life advocates across the state to attend important committee hearings and events.
- Attend the committee hearings of all Pro-Life and anti-Life legislation.
- Testify on behalf of life-saving legislation and against bills that demean Life.
- Host stakeholder meetings to work with other Pro-Life leaders on promoting or stopping legislation.
- Travel the state sharing updates on the status of Pro-Life bills.
- Update via emails, social media, and news outlets on the status of bills.