Taxpayers Test Texas’ Nine Proposed Amendments to the State Constitution

This article is offering a taxpayer’s view of the intended and unintended consequences of the efforts of our noble Austin legislators.Constitution

First, one must read the proposed legislation because the brief explanatory statement of the nature of each proposed amendment listed on the ballot is not even close to addressing what is in the amendment. If a proposed amendment has enabling legislation (many do), the details of the amendment with taxing authority, penalties for violations, and other changes/additions to other state statutes may be found there. In short, you have to read the amendment/enabling bill to find out what’s in it and often times we have to pass the amendment/bill to find out what’s in it. On some of the proposed amendments, the enabling legislation is silent (deficient) in certain areas. Where there is silence in the enabling legislation, once the amendment is passed then it may be up to the courts to decide the intent of the author(s) of the amendment and enabling legislation. This is unfortunate but true.

Second, one should understand the Purpose and Consequences of laws.

Third, one should put each proposed amendment to the 3 question test of “constitutionality”.

Fourth, if one finds Continue reading

All Laws Must Pass the Constitutional Test

All legislative matters, the conduct and actions of government officials, and the enforced ordinances and laws which restrict human activity, should pass the three question test:

1.) Is it “constitutional”?Constitutional TEST_2
(Supports the constitutional republic)

2.) Is there a need?
(Do all the People have a need for and benefit from the proposed government intervention?)

3.) Affordability?
(Can the People afford it? Is the cost equal and uniform?)

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Levin’s Convention of the States is More Smoke & Mirrors

Mark Levin’s latest book is the hope & change for the GOP that Sen. Barack Obama was to the Democrats in 2008. It’s troubling to see how easily a desperate people can be fooled into more hope & change.

Reasons to oppose Levin’s convention are numerous. Her are five of them: Continue reading

Redistricting in Texas, What’s Wrong with the Lines?

MY email to: Honorable members of House/Senate Committee on Redistricting, Select,

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to watch my state government in action from the comfort of my home, which is 220 miles and a 3 & ½ hour drive from the Capitol. Streaming the committee hearings live and also the archived meetings is extremely educational and informative.

I have watched the senate and house redistricting committee hearings these last 2 days and I want to attempt to summarize my opinion in as few words as possible. Please answer these questions:

1.) What does the color of skin or nation of origin have to do with voting rights? Continue reading

Another Gonzales Moment: “Probable Cause” to Touch Specific Body Parts

April 26, 2013: (Same song, 2nd verse)

HB80 (Simpson | Hilderbran, et al)

BILL CAPTION: Relating to official oppression; creating offenses.

STATUS: Left pending in House Committee on State Affairs on 4/10/13

ACTION: Ask your House Rep to co-author HB 80 and ask them to contact the committee chair to request a committee vote on HB 80 – Rep. Byron Cook (512) 463-0730 – ASAP!

BILL DESCRIPTION: House Bill 80 would amend Section 39.03 of the Penal Code by providing that a person commits an offense, punishable as a Class A misdemeanor, if as part of a search performed to grant access to a publicly accessible building or form of transportation touches the anus, sexual organ, or breasts of a person, or touches Continue reading