SB 538 Senate Vote On Monday March 30th – ACT NOW TO OPPOSE!

Colleagues and Friends of Texas Health Freedom,
Senate Bill (SB) 538, the infectious disease control bill which gives the state broad powers to restrict Texans’ fundamental rights, is on the Texas State Senate calendar for a vote on Monday. March 30th. This very bad bill should be opposed for the following reasons:

- The language of SB 538 is too vague, and allows the potential for very undesirable unintended consequences. Examples follow.

- There is no language which lays out the Constitutional principle under which the State of Texas is allowed to abrogate the Ninth Amendment of the United States Constitution via this bill.

- There is insufficient specificity concerning what constitutes a “state of infectious disease emergency.” As currently written, the bill would allow the Governor and the Texas Department of State Health Services to declare an emergency simply due to an outbreak of normal childhood or seasonal illnesses. This countermands the guidance published by the Infectious Disease Task Force, and testified to in public hearing, that an emergency should be very narrowly defined.

- The bill language confuses the definitions of “infectious disease” and “communicable disease.” They are not one and the same.

- There is insufficient specificity of what constitutes “probable cause” of a “suspicion of exposure or being a carrier.”

- There is insufficient specificity of what constitutes “means of control.” Our Coalition submitted a list of suggested inclusions and exclusions, which were rejected by the bill author.

- No mention is made of the rights of Texans to both refuse treatment, and receive information about the treatment.

- The fiscal note’s statement “No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.” is inaccurate at best. The declaration of a statewide infectious disease emergency could have dire economic consequences, and cost the state heavily.

- There is no specificity regarding the judicial procedures to be followed to protect the rights of the individual in the event of an infectious disease emergency.

Please call your Texas State Senator (not US Senator!) and ask them to oppose this bill when it is voted on. To find out who your Texas State Senator is, fill in your information in the “Who Represents Me?” block in the upper left corner of this page. Scroll down to Texas State Senator for their contact information. Call their Austin office (area code 512).

When you call, tell the person taking the message something like: “I am a constituent of Senator (your Senator’s last name). I want her/him to vote “NO” on Senate Bill 538 when it is voted on on March 30th. This bill is too vaguely written, and provides insufficient protection of my rights.”

Time is short, so please act today!

Thanks for your support of Texas Health Freedom,

The Executive Committee
Texas Health Freedom Coalition

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Texas Health Freedom ALERT – HB 3499 Assigned To House Public Health – ACT NOW!

Colleagues and Friends of Texas Health Freedom,
We were notified today that House Bill (HB) 3499, The Texas GMO Labeling Bill, has been assigned to the House Public Health Committee. If we are to get this bill heard by the committee, the committee members need to hear from their fellow House members, and from you, that their constituents want that bill heard.

Here’s what you can do to help:

1. Contact your Texas State Representative (NOT member of Congress!) and ask them to tell their colleagues on the House Public Health Committee to schedule a hearing date for the bill. If you do not know who your Texas State Representative is, fill in the box titled “Who Represents Me?” in the top left corner of this page. You’ll need to scroll down past the members of the US Congress to find your state rep. Call their Austin office (area code 512).
When you call, tell the staff member who answers the phone something like: “I am a constituent of Representative (your state rep’s last name). I am also a supporter of HB 3499, the Texas GMO Labeling Bill. Please ask the Representative to ask her/his colleagues on House Public Health to schedule a hearing for HB 3499 as soon as possible.”

2. Call the office of the committee chair, Rep. Myra Crownover, at (512) 463-0582, and tell her staff “I am a supporter of HB 3499. Please ask the Representative to schedule a hearing for the bill as soon as possible.”

Remember, every call to a representative equates to over 1,000 Texans with the same point of view, so your input is very important. Please act today!

Thanks for your support of Texas Health Freedom.

The Executive Committee
Texas Health Freedom Coalition

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Texas Health Freedom ALERT – Individual Texans DO Have Power!

Colleagues and Friends of Texas Health Freedom,
During this 2015 Texas legislative session, we are witnessing what can only be described as the most serious assault on our health care freedom of choice that has ever been conducted in Texas. Never before have there been as many bills that threaten our collective right (guaranteed under the 9th Amendment of the US Constitution) to bodily integrity, the right to decide for ourselves what to put into our bodies and how to care for them.

But we are also witnessing something even more remarkable: the power of the individual Texas citizen to protect those rights. As was mentioned in an earlier message, House Bill (HB) 212 was pulled by its author before a scheduled hearing tomorrow. While the author can, indeed, re-introduce that bill if she wishes, the fact that it was pulled is a testament to the furious and massive opposition, from Texans like yourself, against a bill that violated your sacred right to bodily integrity.

It is a little known fact that every Texan who contacts her or his elected representatives on any issue represents over 1,000 of their fellow citizens, in the minds of those elected representatives. So every time you make your voice heard, you are doing so on behalf of over 1,000 of your fellow Texans. That is true people power!

Make no mistake: there is a long road yet to travel during this legislative session, and there are several other bills that pose a threat to our health freedom. Your Coalition is standing watch, and will notify you of any emerging threat. We ask only that, when the time comes again, you continue to make your voice heard.

Thanks for your support of Texas Health Freedom.

The Executive Committee
Texas Health Freedom Coalition

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