A Coincidence? 3 of 5 Pledge Letters are Identical

When the 84th Texas House of Representatives opens for business at noon on Tuesday Straus_3January 13, 2015 the first order of business will be to elect one member (out of 150 members) to serve as the presiding officer of the Texas House; the House Speaker (a.k.a. the gatekeeper of legislation to be passed). A simple majority vote is required (76 of the 150 members).

Is it a coincidence that within the past week, 42 of the 98 Republicans in the House have signed pledge letters to vote for 3-term incumbent Rep. Joe Straus as Speaker and not for Rep. Scott Turner? Turner_1Turner announced his intent to run for Speaker against the incumbent Straus this summer. One could suppose these recent pledge letters are a coincidence.

But how much of a coincidence could it be that three of five pledge letters have identical sentences in the publicly released statements…:  Continue reading

More on DPS Collecting Fingerprints

Here’s a thought that just occurred to me yesterday. Do you remember a bill that passed last year (HB 698)? I lobbied against it, but most of the sheeple thought it was a good idea. The bill expanded the collection of digital fingerprints by DPS for CHL applicants. Now everyone can submit digital fingerprints within 25 miles of their home. The “fiscal impact” statement says

“No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. It is assumed the costs of implementing the provisions of the bill could be absorbed within existing resources.”

You know what that means – the feds are supplying the equipment through grants.

I will never ask permission to defend myself. CHLs are for one purpose – the collection of arms when the government wants to do that. We’ve got to wake up!

I am beginning to see how powerful the DPS is. It’s alarming.

Please call your legislator and say:

“I want Representative _ _ _ _ and Senator _ _ _ to contact the Texas Attorney General immediately and demand that the Attorney General issue an order to the Department of Public Safety to promptly cease collection of all 10 fingerprints from persons applying for new driver licenses, renewal driver licenses, and I.D. cards, at least until the 84th Texas Legislature convenes and can address this issue through statute.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is violating Texas law. They are collecting full sets of fingerprints – all 10 digits – against legislative intent of the following Texas bills passed:

– 1967 HB 354 (60th Legislature) – Added thumbprints or index fingerprints (if a thumb was not available) requirement to application for original or renewal driver license
– 1995 SB 1252 (74th Legislature) – Extended thumbprints or index fingerprint requirement to application for duplicate driver license and personal identification certificate
– 2005 HB 2337 (79th Legislature) – Established the Image Verification System – requiring DPS to authenticate the facial image and thumbprints or fingerprint provided by an applicant”

More info on these bills can be found here: http://89erpride.com/2014/08/texas-dps-is-violating-state-law-help-needed/

TEXAS DPS is Violating State Law – Help needed!

Please call your Texas State House Representative
AND
Your Texas State Senator
(Not the U.S. members)

Find their information here:
http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx

DPS Fingerprint Scanner

DPS Fingerprint Scanner

This is all you need to say:

“I want Representative _ _ _ _ and Senator _ _ _ to contact the Texas Attorney General immediately and demand that the Attorney General issue an order to the Department of Public Safety to promptly cease collection of all 10 fingerprints from persons applying for new driver licenses, renewal driver licenses, and I.D. cards, at least until the 84th Texas Legislature convenes and can address this issue through statute.
The Texas Department of Public Safety is violating Texas law. They are collecting full sets of fingerprints – all 10 digits – against legislative intent of the following Texas bills passed:

1967 HB 354 (60th Legislature) – Added thumbprints or index fingerprints (if a thumb was not available) requirement to application for original or renewal driver license
1995 SB 1252 (74th Legislature) – Extended thumbprints or index fingerprint requirement to application for duplicate driver license and personal identification certificate
2005 HB 2337 (79th Legislature) – Established the Image Verification System – requiring DPS to authenticate the facial image and thumbprints or fingerprint provided by an applicant”

The Attorney General represents the DPS. Only the Attorney General can take action to stop the DPS immediately, without waiting for the Texas Legislature to convene and begin passing laws. How many sets of fingerprints can DPS collect between now and then, against legislative intent?

The Department of Public Safety, through the Texas Administrative Code, has violated legislative law. DPS has been contacted by several Texas Legislators and yet they continue to collect prints of all 10 digits, against legislative intent.

Neither you nor I can make the AG’s office act. Only certain state legislators can.
According to the AG’s website, the entity that can initiate action on the part of the AG in this matter is “a committee of a house of the Texas Legislature”.

If you reside in the districts of the following legislators, contact them. They sat on a committee that discussed and voted one of these bills out of committee (either in 1995 or 2005). These bills specifically order the DPS to collect thumbprints only and the index finger when a thumbprint is not available; NOT all 10 digits. Representative Garnet Coleman sponsored the bill, so he would be ideal to contact if you live in Houston. Tell him his legislation is being violated.

-1995- SB 1252 (74R)
Bill Sponsor: Representative Garnet Coleman -Houston (713) 520-5355 / (512) 463-0524

Senate committee on State Affairs:
Sen. John Carona -Dallas (214) 378-5751 / (512) 463-0116
Sen. Jane Nelson –Grapevine (817) 424-3446 / (512) 463-0112
Sen. Royce West –Dallas (214) 741-0123 or (214) 467-0123 / (512) 463-0123
Sen. John Whitmire –Houston (713) 864-8701 / (512) 463-0115

-2005- HB 2337 (79R)
House committee on Defense Affairs & State-Federal Relations
Rep. Abel Herrero –Corpus Christi (361) 884-2277 / (512) 463-0462

Senate cmttee on Transportation & Homeland Security
Cmttee Chair: Sen. John Carona –Dallas (214) 378-5751 / (512) 463-0116
Sen. Rodney Ellis –Houston (713) 236-0306 or (713) 776-2228 or Missouri City: (281) 261-2360 / (512) 463-0113

If you reside in the voting districts of any of these Texas Legislators – PLEASE call them. Ask you neighbors to do the same.

Rights are like teeth; only floss the ones you want to keep,
and fight for the rights you want to retain.

BACKGROUND:

So that you can look this up yourself, the original bill (HB 354 in 1967) specifically stated that only thumb prints Continue reading

2014 TX GOP Platform Adopted: Article V Convention/Amending Convention of States

They’re violating the constitution!
Let’s amend it!
That will teach them!

There is quite a bit of misunderstanding regarding the several efforts for a quick fix togop elephant reign in our federal government. The 2014 TX GOP platform that was adopted creates conflicting statements (as is common throughout the platform). The 2014 TX Republican Platform now reads: Continue reading

The Texas GOP Platform on Immigration

This plan, if implemented:
1.) Will further increase the size/cost of an inefficient government;
2.) Will open the door for more oppressive government actions to be applied to all residents/citizens in the U.S., under the guise of protecting the American.
– – Remember, the S.S. card with the unique personal identifying number was originally sold to the People as a personal savings a/c and means to track their deposits, and limited to 1% of gross earnings.

The 2012 Texas state GOP Platform reads:
IMMIGRATION (my comments in red)
The Texas Solution – Because of decades-long failure of the federal government to secure our borders and address the immigration issue, there are now upwards of 11 million undocumented individuals in the United States today, each of whom entered Continue reading