Action Alert: Two Texas House Bills on the Electoral College and Campaign Finance

We’ve been closely following two bills that have been referred to the Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility:

  • HB 496 (Rep. I. Minjarez) calls on Texas to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact.
  • HCR 34 (Rep. R. Anchia) calls on Congress to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

We’ve visited with all but one of the legislators who sit on this committee to advocate for these two bills. Now, we’d like your help to get a public hearing on both bills.

  • This week (March 14-17), take action to make every vote count equally by making the Electoral College irrelevant.
  • Next week (March 20-24), take action to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision.

We are not alone. Several states have NPVIC bills in their legislatures.

  • Green — states where the NPVIC is already signed into law
  • Orange — states will bills under consideration


If you are a constituent of one of the following legislators, please email or call them. If you have friends in any of these districts, ask them to email or call. Legislators listen to their constituents.

This week’s (March 14-17) message might be something like this — but in your own words:

Congratulations on your appointment to the Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility. Thank you for representing my district on the important matters that come before you. As one of your constituents, I would like to urge you to call for a public hearing on HB 496 calling on Texas to join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. Texas is not alone. Nineteen other states are considering legislation to join the NPVIC.

Next week’s (March 20-24) message might be something like this — in your own words:

Congratulations on your appointment to the Select Committee on State & Federal Power & Responsibility. Thank you for representing my district on the important matters that come before you. As one of your constituents, I would like to urge you to call for a public hearing on HCR 34 resolving that Congress should amend the US Constitution to overturn the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision. (Note: this is NOT a call for an Article V Convention of the States.)

Select Committee on State and Federal Power and Responsibility:

Chairs:

Members:

Thank you for taking ACTION to improve our democracy!

 

 

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