NOTICE!: Please join our "Good Bills, Bad Bills" Statewide Conference Call this Saturday, 3:30-4:30 pm. We will not be streaming this event. Reply for details.
Here's the deal on the 2015 legislative session. It's all about local control; instead of control by the King and Queen lobbies -- real estate and oil and gas.
Last fall, Denton voters passed a "frack ban" on future drilling within the city limits. It was a perfectly reasonable ordinance for a densely populated city, but the oil and gas industry had a tizzy. No one stands up to those guys -- except citizens. Now, there are concerted attacks going on in the legislature to curtail the citizens petition process AND the right of cities to even pass local ordinances. (Go here for more.)
Growing cronyism and corruption of state agencies is forcing a showdown -- sooner or later. The Governor and legislators are making lots of promises. We shall see.
The good news it that we just might see what the convergence of both political parties allows even those well-intentioned legislators, in either party, to deliver.
For us at the League, our case is being made for us. There are likely over 5 million Texas independents. Many of them are young folks who refuse to jump into the swamp of two-in-one party Texas politics. We don't blame them; we seek to provide them another option.
Invite us to your community. The legislative session gives us a great excuse to get folks together.
Check out these updates and take action!
Yesterday, the newly elected State Rep. John Cyrier (HD-17), introduced House Bill 3163 at our request! HB 3163 would protect groundwater district board members from harassment lawsuits against them as individuals -- like the one pending against the Lost Pines Groundwater Conservation Disrict by Forestar Real Estate Group. Please take a moment to send Rep. Cyrier an email to thank him.
On Monday, March 9, several League leaders and friends spoke at a hearing of the Texas Senate State Affairs Committee on Sen. Lois Kolkhorst's Senate Bill 474. This terrific bill will help level the playing field on eminent domain by awarding attorney's fees for those landowners who industry gives low ball offers to, hoping the landowner will not have the resources to go to court. Use this page to contact the Senate State Affairs Committee and to thank Lois now!
We hope you will participate with us in these important events!
I hope to "see" you on Saturday's call.
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P.S. Live in Cedar Creek? A League chapter is forming on March 25. Visit our Events page for details.