Colleagues and Friends of Texas Health Freedom,
We just found out this weekend that Senate Bill (SB) 538 is scheduled to be heard this coming Wednesday by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee at 8:30 am in hearing room E1.028 of the state capitol. A copy of the bill is available in the pages section at the left of our home page. Eight of the nine senators on the committee have co-authored the bill.
The subtitle is “related to the control of infectious diseases.” As you will see from reading this 26 page bill (and we strongly recommend you do!), if enacted into law, this bill grants unprecedented police powers to the state, up to and including involuntary incarceration if there is even a suspicion that someone has been exposed to an infectious disease.
If you pair this bill with others being considered, such as HB 465, which will create a mandatory, statewide vaccination tracking system, you can see that there is high potential for abuse of basic human rights.
How can you help? By doing the following:
1. Contact your Texas state senator (NOT US Senator!) and tell him to tell his colleagues on the Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee to leave the bill pending in committee. You can find contact information for your senator by filling in the “Who Represents Me?” block on the home page. We suggest you call their Austin office (area code 512). You can say something like “I am greatly concerned about the potential for abuse of my rights contained in Senate Bill 538. It is being heard this Wednesday by the Health and Human Services Committee. Please have Senator (the name of your senator) ask his colleagues on the committee to leave the bill pending in committee.”
2. Please forward the alerting message you received to all Texans. Every one of our fellow Texans needs to know about this potential abuse of our human rights.
3. Attend the hearing in capitol room E1.028 at 8:30 am on Wednesday morning. See the capitol map in the pages section of our home page for location. The committee clerk will show you how to fill out the witness card. You do NOT have to testify orally if you don’t want to! You need only register your opposition via the witness card. If you plan on attending, there is every possibility that the hearing will be delayed, so plan on spending the entire day at the capitol.
The combination of bills being considered during this session poses the greatest combined threat to our freedoms that we have ever faced in Texas. They start us down the slippery slope of involuntarily turning control of our bodies over to the state. Please join us in standing up for our rights.
The Executive Committee
Texas Health Freedom Coalition
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