WHEREAS it is in the interests of the people of Texas to use public funds only for the promotion of legal and legitimate objectives;
WHEREAS the commercial construction industry has been well documented to hire illegal aliens as skilled and unskilled laborers, in violation of federal laws;
WHEREAS the high unemployment rate across the United States offers an available workforce for employment in Texas;
BE IT RESOLVED THAT commercial entities granted tax reduction incentives by municipal, county, or state governmental entities are required to use the federal E-Verify employee eligibility verification program, or the primary federal employment verification program available at the time, for all workers employed in any capacity or in any phase of the project for which the tax incentive was granted.
LIFE AT CONCEPTION RESOLUTION
Whereas: Because of Roe v. Wade, more than 56 million unborn children have died through abortion; and
Whereas: In Roe v. Wade, the U. S. Supreme Court declared it could not resolve “the difficult question of when life begins’ –and on the basis of this unresolved question, question, declared a new “right to abortion” based on a “right of privacy”; and
Whereas: The 14th Amendment to the Constitution states: “nor shall any state deprive a person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law, nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law”; and
Whereas: In Roe, the Supreme Court admitted: “If…personhood [for the unborn] is established, the appellant’s case, of course, collapse, for the fetus’ right to life is then guaranteed specifically by the [Fourteenth] Amendment…” (Roe v. Wade [410US 113 at 156-7]); and
Whereas: Science is clear human life begins at conception when a new human being is formed; and
Whereas: The American people oppose abortion-on-demand and want innocent human life to be protected especially when it is most defenseless; and
Whereas: It belongs to Congress to resolve the question the Supreme Court said IT cannot resolve; and
Whereas: A Life at Conception Act, by declaring that unborn children are persons legally entitled to constitutional protection, will overturn Roe v. Wade and ultimately rescue millions of unborn children by abortion-on-demand; now therefore
Be it resolved: That we urge you to cosponsor and cast every vote for a life at Conception Act, and to do everything necessary to win ultimate passage in the Texas Legislature.
Whereas: The 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States reads as follows, “A well-regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”, and
Whereas: All federal acts, laws, orders, rules or regulations regarding firearms are a violation of the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and
Whereas: The State of Texas has the power given to it by the Tenth Amendment of the US Constitution and the duty to protect its citizens from any unconstitutional federal acts, laws, orders, rules, regulations – past, present or future, and
Whereas: We the people of the State of Texas ask The Legislature of the State of Texas to protect us from these un-constitutional laws, and
Whereas: We the people declare that all violate the true meaning and intent of the Second Amendment as given by the Founders and Ratifiers, and
Whereas: We the people hereby declare these to be invalid in this state, shall not be recognized by this state, are specifically rejected by this state, and shall be considered null and void and of no effect in this state; now therefore
Be it resolved, that we the people do ask the legislature of the State of Texas to adopt and enact any and all measures as may be necessary to prevent the enforcement of any federal acts, laws, orders, rules, or regulations in violation of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States.
Resolution on Local Government Debt Transparency
Resolution: WHEREAS government debt places a burden on future generations; and
WHEREAS future generations deserve the same opportunity to pursue the American Dream; and
WHEREAS local government debt serves as a mechanism to provide some infrastructure needs
in growing communities; and
WHEREAS local government debt in Texas has far outpaced the population growth and
WHEREAS, local government debt (principal plus interest) in Texas is over $322 billion; and
WHEREAS, according to the Texas Bond Review Board’s latest data, local debt (principal plus
interest, rounded off) is:
· $108.2 billion debt for independent school districts
· $98 billion debt for cities debt
· $50 million debt for various water districts and authorities
· $20.6 billion debt for county debt
· $6.7 billion debt for community and junior college debt
· $6 billion debt for various health and hospital districts
· “other” taxing entities debt is $33 million
WHEREAS, Texas has the second largest local government debt in the country; and
WHEREAS, this does not include unfunded public pension liabilities;
BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that local taxing entities post their current debt (principal plus
interest) on their official website and include their debt in any material circulated by the taxing
entity when considering taking on new debt.
Americans for Prosperity
Resolution on Economic Freedom
Background: The actions of the current Administration have undermined our country’s
economic freedom. Economic Freedom is determined by five factors: The size of government,
regulations, access to sound money, free trade practices, and the rule of law.
Resolution: WHEREAS, the Fraser Institute has reported that our country has fallen in the
world’s Economic Freedom Rankings from 3rd to 10th in the last 10 years; and
WHEREAS, America is expected to fall to #15-20th in the next decade unless policy changes are
WHEREAS, since 2000, America’s economic freedom ranking has fallen from 34th to 54th in the size of government; and
WHEREAS, since 2000, America’s economic freedom ranking has fallen from 9th to 26th in
protecting our property rights; and
WHEREAS, since 2000, America’s economic freedom ranking has fallen from #25 to #40 in free
WHEREAS since 2000, America’s economic freedom ranking has fallen from #2 to #20 in
WHEREAS, those dramatic drops in our economic freedom rankings do not even include the
economic impact of ObamaCare and some of the other recent federal actions that threaten our
LET IT HEREBY BE RESOLVED that we strive to make America that beacon of freedom that
Ronald Reagan described as the Shining City on the Hill,
AND BE IT RESOLVED that we work to implement policies to restore America to the most
economically free country in the world.
Americans for Prosperity
Resolution on Higher Education Reform
WHEREAS costs have increased in higher education well in excess of inflation; and
WHEREAS student debt now exceeds credit card debt for the first time ever; and
WHEREAS Governor Perry has suggested higher education reform which would increase transparency, accountability and affordability; and
WHEREAS some leading policy and grassroots groups in Texas have embraced those reforms and these groups have a long track record of supporting policies consistent with the values of most Texans; and
WHEREAS only two of the state’s 38 public four-year universities graduate only half of their students within four years; and
WHEREAS some opponents of reform have hired a PR firm to oppose the Governor’s reforms and to attack the groups supporting reforms; and
WHEREAS the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives and the Lieutenant Governor have created the Joint Select Committee on Higher Education Governance, Excellence, Transparency, which is stacked
against conservatives and has become a forum for unfair attacks on conservative principles and Gov. Rick Perry; and
WHEREAS the PR firm and the select committee chairman have challenged Gov. Perry’s appointments to the board of regents and the regents’ role in setting policy and having fiduciary responsibility for the universities they govern;
LET IT HEREBY BE RESOLVED that we support higher education reform,
LET IT HEREBY BE RESOLVED that a conflict of interest in serving on a University board is defined as an individual or their company benefitting financially by the appointment; and
LET IT HEREBY BE RESOLVED that we that we urge all legislators to support the conservative higher education reform agenda of Gov. Rick Perry; and
LET IT HEREBY BE RESOLVED that lawmakers and regents exercise extreme caution regarding any
recommendations made by the Joint Select Committee; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that since costs and spending on higher education are out of control and that additional revenue -- whether from tuition or state tax dollars -- should only flow to four-year universities that have adopted comprehensive reforms to focus more on teaching, better control costs, and provide a more clear path to improve four-year graduation rates.
Americans for Prosperity
WHEREAS, the state of Texas has 10s of thousands of laws on the books
WHEREAS, most Texas legislators measure their success by the number of laws they pass
WHEREAS, with each new law a liberty is lost
BE IT RESOLVED, that before each new law can be passed, ten previous laws must be repealed.
WHEREAS, it is a crime to enter the United States of America illegally.
WHEREAS, the United States of America has laws defining legal immigration.
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Texas legislature model the Texas Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act after the Alabama HB 56, titled the Hammon-Beason Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen Protection Act.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that if police have "reasonable suspicion" that a person is an immigrant unlawfully present in the United States, in the midst of any legal stop, detention or arrest, to make a similarly reasonable attempt to determine that person's legal status.
Illegal immigrants cannot receive any public benefits at either the state or local level. Illegal immigrants cannot attend publicly-owned colleges or universities.
Prohibit the transporting or harboring of illegal immigrants. Prohibit landlords from renting property to illegal immigrants. Forbid employers from knowingly hiring illegal immigrants for any job within Texas. Requires large and small businesses to validate the immigration status of employees using the US E-Verify program.
Production of false identification documents is a crime. Contracts formed in which one party is an illegal immigrant and the other has direct knowledge of that are deemed null and void. Requires voters to provide proof of citizenship when registering.
WHEREAS, the people of the several states comprising the United States of America created the federal government as their agent for certain enumerated purposes, and nothing more.
WHEREAS, the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution defines the total scope of federal power as that which has been delegated by the people of the several states to the federal government, and all power not expressly delegated to the federal government in the United States Constitution is reserved to the states respectively, or to the people themselves.
BE IT RESOLVED, that FEDERAL PATIENT PROTECTION AND AFFORDABLE CARE ACT is (1) invalid in this state; (2) is not recognized by this state; (3) is specifically rejected by this state; and (4) is null and void and of no effect in this state.
WHEREAS, Texas state spending rose 310% between 1990 and 2012, while population growth plus inflation totaled only 132%.
WHEREAS, Texas is faced with additional demands on general revenue spending of at least $4 billion in 2013 and $10 billion in 2014-15.
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Texas Legislature adopt the “Texans for a Conservative Budget” recommendations. Reference: http://americansforprosperity.org/files/ConservativeBudgetCoalition.pdf