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Update from TX 84th Legislative

 

Session

 

Sponsored by Garland, Mesquite/Sunnyvale & Richardson Tea Parties

 

The Texas legislature meets for 140 days every two years.  The 84th session was held this year and ended June 1.  

On June 13, you will have an opportunity to hear from our State Senators and Representatives.  They will briefly share with us what they believe were wins and losses for Texas and for their districts.  But most importantly, you will be able to ask them questions about what passed in the last legislative session, the consequences of those bills, which bills didn't make it through the session and why.

So get your questions ready, whether it be about the budget, transportation, toll roads, American Law for American Courts (ALAC), religious liberty, the power grid, ethics/transparency, education, etc. There will be ample time for questions and answers.

The following senators and representatives will be participating in a panel discussion:

 

 

                   

  Senator Bob Hall               Senator Don Huffines

          SD 2                                          SD 16

 

 

           

                            

 Representative                         Representative                  

   Cindy Burkett                           Angie Button                       

       HD 113                                      HD 112      

 

                       

        Representative Kenneth Sheets

                                HD107

 

Senator Van Taylor and Representative Linda Koop were invited but are unable to participate.

 

Score cards and report cards on the votes cast in this last legislative session are starting to come out.  Links to two conservative organizations' reports are listed below.

Check and see how your legislators are rated.

Concerned Women for America
Empower Texans Fiscal Responsibility Index

 

 

                            

June 8, 2015

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Garland Central Library

625 Austin St., North Program Room

Garland, TX 75040

 

Stephanie Conway, local Field Director for TurningPointUSA will join us to share what they are doing to attract young people to conservatism.

 

TurningPointUSA is the fastest growing and most innovative youth movement in the country. They believe in:

 

Free Markets

Limited government

Fiscal Responsibility

 

Turning Point USA starts conversations among young people, by educating them about fiscal responsibility, free markets, and capitalism. Through non-partisan debate, dialogue, and discussion, Turning Point USA believes that every young person can be enlightened to true free market values.

 

Join us on June 8, and bring as many young people as you can!  Let's learn how to connect with the next generation and pass on our conservative values.

We will also feature a couple of our own Garland millennials. You don't want to miss this one.

 

Let's show appreciation to GPD

They are doing an outstanding job for us in Garland.

At Sunday night’s terrorist attack at the Culwell Events Center, we witnessed Garland’s Police Department (GPD) in action as they took fire from two terrorists.  We thank God they were not critically hurt.  Their quick and decisive response, without a doubt, saved lives that would have been lost had they not stopped the two gunmen, each armed with AK-47’s, intent on killing attendees as they came out of the Culwell Center at the conclusion of the event.  GPD made us proud.  We are very grateful to have them protecting Garland and for keeping attendees at this event safe. 

While on the job every day, our police officers spend a lot of time at the police station, “on the ready,” to react to calls for help or driving around our neighborhoods in their squad cars keeping Garland safe. To show our appreciation, we think they could use some snacks while spending time simply being available to help Garland citizens.  So as a way to say thank you for their amazing work on Sunday night, May 3, and every day, the Garland Tea Party would like to collect snacks, such as chips, cookies, candy, nuts, etc. and deliver those to the Garland Police Station with thank you notes attached from our members.

These snacks can be brought to our May 11, meeting.  If you are unable to be at the meeting and still want to participate, you can send Joline Tate a private message on Facebook or call 972-741-0000, to arrange a drop off location. 

You may want to consider purchasing snacks from Walmart or Sam’s on N. Garland Rd. across the street from the Culwell Center, to in some measure make it up to them, since they were forced to evacuate and shut down business during the incident. 

Come & be informed...

Get ready to learn how government works.

Have you been frustrated about what's going on in government?  Have you wondered how things get done.....whether it's in Garland, Austin or  Washington?  Well, this month, we will have Chris Davis, who has been closely involved with the political process, share about government structure on several levels and explain how laws/bills get passed by those who are elected to represent you and much more.

You will not want to miss this meeting.  Chris is a dynamic speaker; it will be educational, eye-opening and fun.
Monday, May 11, 2015
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Garland Central Library
North Program Room
625 Austin St.
Garland, TX 75040
 
Remember, this month, if you bring a guest to the meeting, you will be entered into a drawing for a very nice prize!  If you bring two guests, you will be entered twice.

 
Those of you who attended our last meeting were part of an initiative to contact our Texas legislators in support of the two American Law for American Courts (ALAC) bills that had been filed, one in the House and one in the Senate.  If you participated, you need  to give yourselves a round of applause because progress has been made on both bills.  

Here's what happened:
  • House bill 562 has been voted out of committee and was sent to Calendars on 4/27, where, hopefully, it will soon be scheduled for a floor vote.
     
  • Senate bill 531, which had been sitting in committee for quite some time, with no action, is now scheduled for public hearing on 5/4, where it should be voted out of committee and sent to Calendars.
     
  • At the time of our last meeting, when we mailed cards to our legislators, the Senate bill had no co-sponsors. Since then, both Garland's State Senators have signed on as co-sponsors.

    The Garland Tea Party thanks both Senators Don Huffines and Bob Hall for signing on as co-sponsors to Senate Bill 531 and giving it their support.  

    If you want to thank them, personally, you can do so using the information below.
SD16
Senator Don Huffines
P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Ext. E1.608
Austin, TX  78711
512-463-0116
Don.Huffines@senate.state.tx.us

SD2
Senator Bob Hall
P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Ext. E1.808
Austin, TX  78711
512-463-0102
Bob.Hall@senate.state.tx.us

 


May 9 - Local Election

We have a local election coming up, and I hope everyone will get out and cast their vote. We have no City of Garland positions on the ballot this year. What you will see on our ballot is two Garland ISD positions, and one of those is uncontested. Contents of the Garland ballot is at the end of this post.

With only one vote to cast, it may not seem very important that we make the effort to get to the polls. However, GISD has an enrollment over 58,000 students at 71 campuses. It is the second-largest school district in Dallas County. Every Trustee we elect to serve on the board makes important decisions that impact these thousands of students, employees and taxpayers. In addition, many local elections are decided by as few as 20 votes or less. Let's not sit this one out; it is significant.

Early voting begins tomorrow, and Election Day is May 9. Below are the dates, times & polling locations

_____________________________________________________________________________________________


EARLY VOTING

Garland Location:
Richland College, Garland Campus
675 W. Walnut
Garland, TX 75040

Note: During early voting, you may vote at any Dallas County location. A list of those locations can be seen at DallasCountyVotes.org.

Dates/Times:
Monday, April 27 - Friday, May 1 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, May 2 - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday, May 3 - 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Monday, May 4 & Tuesday, May 5 - 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

ELECTION DAY

Location for all precincts can be viewed at DallasCountyVotes.org.

Date/Time:
Saturday, May 9 - 7:00 am - 7:00 pm

________________________________________________________________________________________

 

GARLAND BALLOT

For Member of Board of Trustees:

Place 6 Vote for One*
Dwight Davis
Robert Selders, Jr.

Place 7 Vote for One**
Rick Lambert *

NOTES
* This is an open seat; there is no incumbent.

**Mr. Lambert is the incumbent and does not have a challenger.

Texas Tea Party Rally 2015

Who: All who support the Tea Party principles of: Limited Government, Fiscal Responsibility, Personal Responsibility, Rule of Law and National & State Sovereignty, whether you belong to a group, attend meetings or not! Nearly 100 Tea Parties from around the state are participating. 

WHAT: First ever statewide Tea Party rally

WHERE: South steps of the Texas Capitol Building in Austin

WHEN: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Rally: Noon - 1:00 pm
Breakout Sessions: 2:00 pm and 3:00 
(See details below)
Citizen Lobbying: 1:30 - 5:00 pm (More information on this will be provided via flyer at the rally.)

WHY: To check on legislation mid-session and to show solidarity with Texas Tea Parties.

COST: This event is free to all. You are encouraged to purchase a $15.00 event t-shirt to help defray costs. Order here: https://austinadgroup.myshopify.com/


PLEASE NOTE: T-shirts must be ordered by April 7. Select the option to pick them up on site in Austin. Morgan McComb will be distributing them to all those who have ordered and paid online. If you select the option to have them delivered to your home; they will NOT arrive in time.

RSVP: Only required for breakout sessions (see blow). If you're on Facebook, please help promote the event by signing up athttp://www.facebook.com/TXTeaPartyTaxRally 

SPEAKERS: Brandon Darby, Managing Director of BreitbartTexas
Michael Quinn Sulivan, President of Empower Texans/Texans for
Fiscal Responsibility
Jonathan Stickland - State Representative, Dist. 92
....and more!

BREAKOUT SESSIONS: There will be very limited space for each of the breakout sessions. Seats are will be reserved on a first-come, First-served basis. Sign up by emailing mccartyassistant@gmail.com 

2:00 pm - Wade Miller - Social Media for Beginners
2:00 pm - NAGR - How to Lobby Effectively From Home or In-Person
2:00 pm - James Stanley - How to Follow the Money
3:30 pm - Wade Miller - Social Media, Advanced Skills
3:30 pm - Brett Rogers - Candidate Training and How To Help Your Candidate
TRANSPORTATION: Some Tea Parties are organizing buses to the event. For more information, email jskancavicus@verizon.net. If busing won't work for you, consider carpooling with someone you know planning to drive.

BRING: Camp chair/blanket, umbrella, signs/posters, walking shoes - if desired
POSTS

Congressman Pete Sessions will conduct a townhall meeting


April 9, 2015

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Highland Park Middle School Cafeteria

3555 Granada Ave.

Dallas, TX  75205


RSVP Here

 

 

Join us for our next meeting:

Monday, March 23, 2015

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Garland Central Library (Downtown)

North Program Room

625 Austin St.

Garland, TX  75040

 

 

Dorrie O'Brien, formerly of Act for America, will be our featured speaker.  Dorrie is considered an expert on radical Islam.  She will be talking about the history of ISIS and other terror groups.  With recent events and developments in Garland, this will be a very timely presentation.


Dorrie has spoken on Islam, jihad and shariah law to numerous organizations, including Tea Party groups.  She is the author of the book, 500 Islamic Words You Should Know -  a glossary of Islamic terms and words - a mini-encyclopedia of Islamic history.


This should be a very informative presentation.  You'll want to bring a friend or two with you.


"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear."  

Harry S. Truman

The Texas legislature in currently in session, and it is urgent that grassroots activists across Texas make their voices heard regarding the funding for border security.   
 
There is a critical, immediate need for border security to be added to the supplemental budget.  This transitional money is desperately needed as the Congress and the Administration continue to fight over Obama's illegal amnesty.  Texas needs to keep its State Troopers and National Guard in place on the border until the next biennium budget that funds a border security plan can be passed.  We cannot afford a lapse in our vigilance.

Below are links to DPS reports addressing Texas security. Being familiar with these documents, will help you discuss these issues with your elected officials, the media, and the public. 
 
TEXAS BORDER SECURITY DASHBOARD (Dec 2014)
 
TEXAS GANG THREAT ASSESSMENT (April 2014)
 
ASSESSING THE THREAT OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING IN TEXAS (APRIL 2014)
 
TEXAS PUBLIC SAFETY THREAT OVERVIEW 2013
 
JoAnn Fleming of Grassroots America provided the information below.  There are a lot of legislators on the contact lists, but if you can at least contact the committee chairmen and your own legislators, if they are listed, it would be a tremendous help.  Also, if you use social media, engage that way.

_______________________________________________
 
Action Alert! Border Security is at risk in the Texas House!
 
A 2/15/15 conference call with JoAnn Fleming (Grassroots America) and Dale Huls (Clear Lake TEA Party) sounded the alarm to start calling key TX House Committee members this week.  At stake is continued funding for the Texas National Guard, which has been drawn down to 200 members.  Last week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick called for continued funding for border security.  According to public statements and news accounts, Speaker Joe Straus shrugged off Patrick’s call with a notable lack of enthusiasm.
 
This is NOT about Joe Straus and Dan Patrick.  This is NOT about a political squabble. This is about the safety and security of Texas.  Since Texas is the largest border entry into the US from Mexico, it is a gateway to the interior of the US.  With the dithering of the GOP leadership in Washington, we cannot count on them to secure the border, and Obama's executive amnesty will attract more and more illegal border crossers!  We are also sitting ducks for terrorists.
 
The people of Texas elected Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick with a mandate to secure the Texas border and deal with the high cost of illegal aliens and criminal activity related to cartels and transnational gangs running rampant in our state.  Abbott and Patrick did not run to the mushy middle in the General Election.  They ran as reformers, and that is what the people of Texas elected them to do.  Now, "We the People" must hold them accountable.
 
If you want funding for border security to continue, you must make your voice heard beginning today!  The Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee meets tomorrow 2/17/15 at 8 am.  Ways & Means meets tomorrow at 8:30 am, and a subcommittee of Appropriations meets on Thursday at 8 AM.  Those are the committees (see below) to call first, but every person on the committees listed below needs to hear from you.  They will make decisions on bills that impact border security.
 
Keep this list handy.  As bills come to the floor of the House, you will need this list again.  It also contains phone numbers for Governor Abbott.  He needs to hear from all of you as well.  Remind him that it is time for Texas to lead on border security and the rule of law!
 
Call these committee members (only GOP listed since they all ran as conservatives and all say they support a secure border).  Simply tell them that you support continued funding of the Texas National Guard and DPS for border security.  Tell them you want funding for the Guard and Operation Strong Safety continued until the end of the budget year and then funded in the upcoming new budget, and you will watch how they vote.
 
 
TX House - Appropriations Committee Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
Chairman, John Otto (Rep) Dist. 18  (512) 463-0570 (512) 463-0315 (936) 258-8135 (936) 258-7190
Trent Ashby (Rep) Dist. 57 (512) 463-0508 (512) 463-5896 (936)634-2762 none listed
Cecil Bell (Rep) Dist. 3 (512) 463-0650 (512) 463-0575 (281)259-3700 (281)259-3706
Greg Bonnen (Rep) Dist. 24 (512) 463-0729 none listed (281)338-0924 none listed
Cindy Burkett (Rep) Dist. 113  (512) 463-0464 none listed (972) 278-7276 none listed
Giovanni Capriglione (Rep) Dist. 98 (512) 463-0690 (512) 463-1004 (817) 431-5339 (817) 431-9885
Sarah Davis (Rep) Dist. 134 (512) 463-0389 (512) 463-1374 (713)521-4474 (713)521-4443
Larry Gonzales (Rep) Dist. 52 (512) 463-0670 (512) 463-1469 (512) 248-2558 none listed
Bryan Hughes (Rep) Dist. 5 (512) 463-0271 (512) 463-1515 (903) 569-8880 (903) 569-8889
Linda Koop (Rep) Dist. 102 (512) 463-0454 (512) 463-1121 (469) 319-0879 none listed
Rick Miller (Rep) Dist. 26 (512) 463-0710 (512) 463-0711 (281) 980-0117 none listed
Dade Phelan (Rep) Dist. 21 (512) 463-0706 (512) 463-1861 none listed none listed
Four Price (Rep) Dist. 87 (512) 463-0470 none listed (806) 374-8787 none listed
John Raney (Rep) Dist. 14 (512) 463-0698 (512) 463-5109 (979) 260-5040 (979) 260-5097
J. D. Sheffield (Rep) Dist. 59  (512) 463-0628 (512) 463-3644 none listed none listed
Gary VanDeaver (Rep) Dist. 1 (512) 463-0692 (512) 463-0902 none listed none listed
27 committee members - majority (16) GOP        
         
         
TX House - Ways and Means Committee  Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
Chairman, Dennis Bonnen (Rep) Dist. 25 (512) 463-0564 (512) 463-8414 (979) 848-1770 (979) 849-3169
Dwayne Bohac (Rep) Dist. 138 (512) 463-0727 (512) 463-0681 (713) 460-2800 (713) 460-2822
Angie Chen Button (Rep) Dist. 112 (512) 463-0486 none listed 972-234-8980 972-470-0789
Drew Darby (Rep) Dist. 72 (512) 463-0331 (512) 463-0517 (325) 658-7313 (325) 659-3762
Jim Murphy (Rep) Dist. 133 (512) 463-0514 (512) 463-8715 (713) 465-8800 none listed
Tan Parker (Rep) Dist. 63 (512) 463-0688 (512) 480-0694 (972) 724-8477 none listed
Drew Springer (Rep) Dist. 68 (512) 463-0526 (512) 463-1011 (940) 665 - 8400 none listed
John Wray (Rep) Dist. 10 (512) 463-0516 (512) 463-1051 none listed none listed
11 committee members - majority (8) GOP        
         
         
TX House - Homeland Security & Public Safety  Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
Chairman, Larry Phillips (Rep) Dist. 62 (512) 463-0297 (512) 463-1561 (903) 891-7297 (903) 870-0066
DeWayne Burns (Rep) Dist. 58  (512) 463-0538 (512) 463-0897 none listed none listed
Tony Dale (Rep) Dist. 136 (512) 463-0696 (512) 463-9333 none listed none listed
Will Metcalf (Rep) Dist. Dist. 16 (512) 463-0726 (512) 463-8428 (936) 539-0068 (936) 539-0066
Molly White (Rep) Dist. 55 (512)463-0630 (512)463-0937 none listed none listed
John Wray (Rep) Dist. 10 (512) 463-0516 (512) 463-1051 none listed none listed
         
9 committee members - majority (6) GOP        
         
         
TX House - Select Committee Emerging Issues In Texas Law Enforcement Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
Chairman, Allen Fletcher (Rep) Dist. 130 (512) 463-0661 (512) 463-4130 (281) 373-5454 (281) 256-9213
Dan Flynn (Rep) Dist. 2  (512) 463-0880 (512) 463-2188 (903) 567-0921 (903) 567-0923
Linda Koop (Rep) Dist. 102 (512) 463-0454 (512) 463-1121 (469) 319-0879 none listed
James White (Rep) Dist. 19 512-463-0490 512-463-9059 (409) 283-3700 (409) 283-3702
         
7 committee members - majority (4) GOP        
         
         
TX House - Select Committee State & Federal Power & Responsibility Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
Chairman, Phil King (Rep) Dist. 61 (512) 463-0738 (512) 463-1957 (817) 596-4796 none listed
Paul Workman (Rep) Dist. 47 (512) 463-0652 (512) 463-0565 same same
Charles "Doc" Anderson (Rep) Dist. 56 (512) 463-0135 (512) 463-0642 (254) 754-3892 (254) 754-1604
Travis Clardy (Rep) Dist. 11 (512) 463-0592 (512) 463-8792 (936) 560-3982 (936) 564-0051
Tan Parker (Rep) Dist. 63 (512) 463-0688 (512) 480-0694 (972) 724-8477 none listed
         
7 committee members - majority (5) GOP        
         
         
Also call the House Speaker and Governor Greg Abbott Austin phone # Austin Fax # District phone # District Fax #
House Speaker Joe Straus (Rep) Dist. 121 (512) 463-1000 (512) 463-0675 (210) 828-4411 (210) 832-9994
         
Governor Greg Abbott (512) 463-1782 opinion    
  (512) 463-2000 main #    
Register opinion on the Governor's web site click here.        
Social media contacts for Governor Abbott:        
Twitter @GregAbbott_TX      
Facebook Greg Abbott      
         
Social media contact info for TX House members can be found here.

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Canyon Creek Baptist Church

2800 Custer Parkway (one block south of Renner Rd. on Custer Pkwy.)

Richardson, TX. 75080

 

 

 

Welcome Col. Allen West to North Texas

 

 

 

 

The Garland Tea Party is honored to join other area Tea Parties in welcoming Col. Allen West to North Texas.

Col. West was recently named CEO of the National Center for Policy Analysis (NCPA), a national polcy think tank based in Dallas. 


Mark your calendars and plan to join us on Feb. 12, to extend a big Texas welcome to Col. and former Congressman Allen West.


A $5.00 donation at the door is requested to help cover the cost of the venue.

 

 

Representative Jeff Leach, of Plano, has filed House Bill 562 in the Texas House.  This bill, if past, would prevent foreign law from being used to decide cases in our American courts.  Courts would have to adhere to U.S. laws and the Constitution in deciding cases. 

 

If you support this, please contact your State Representative.  Ask them to co-sponsor the bill and help move it through the process to a vote on the House floor.  You can use the sample letter below, or write your own.  Whatever you decide to do, if you support using American laws in American courts, your State Representative needs to hear from you. 

 

The States Representatives who represent Garland, and their contact information are as follows:

 

Angie Chen Button, District 112

1200 E. Executive Dr., Suite 130

Richardson, TX  75081

Angie.chen@house.state.tx.us

972-234-8980

 

P.O. Box 2910, Rm. E2.910

Austin, TX  78768

512-463-0486

 

Cindy Burkett, District 113

3200 Broadway, Suite 240

Garland, TX  75043

972-278-7276

Cindy.Burkett@house.state.tx.us

 

P.O. Box 2910, Rm.E2.332

 

Austin, TX  78768

512-463-0464

 

Kenneth Sheets, District 107

6301 Gaston Ave., Suite 536

Dallas, TX  75214

Kenneth.sheets@house.state.tx.us

 

P.O. Box 2910, Rm. E1.404

Austin, TX  78768

512-463-0244

 

Linda Koop - District 102

No District Office on website

Linda.Koop@house.state.tx.us

 

P.O. Box 2910, Rm. E1.512

Austin, TX 78768

512-463-0454

 

 

 

_______________________________________________________________________________

 

Dear Representative ______________,

I urge you to support HB562, the Texas American Laws for American Courts bill. This important piece of legislation was introduced by Representative Jeff Leach and has already passed in Tennessee, Louisiana, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Florida, Alabama and North Carolina.

Further, I ask that you co-sponsor this bill and do what you can to move it through the legislative process and to the House floor for a vote.

HB562 is tremendously important to all Texas citizens, as it protects their constitutional rights from the incursion of foreign laws and foreign legal doctrines, if those laws infringe upon their fundamental constitutional rights.

No individual foreign law or legal doctine is singled out.

We must maintain the authority of the Texas and U.S. Constitutions.

As a resident of Texas and as a voter, this bill is of the utmost importance to me.

Thank you again for your leadership on this vital matter.

Sincerely,

 

Kick Start the New Year!
Coming Next Weekend
January 9th and 10th 


"Texas Our Texas" - How to Locate & Reach Out
to Fellow Conservatives in our area!
Training hosted by Tea Party Patriots
in 
Houston 
on January 9th and 10th.
Details 
HERE

The training will be at the Houston Marriott West Loop in their newly refurbished meeting facilities.   Our speakers and trainers will discuss strategies that will help us continue to develop as Tea Party activists. We will provide advanced training that will help you - group leaders and individual activists - strengthen your game.  Although the results from the 2014 mid-terms were encouraging we cannot rest on our laurels.  We hope you will set aside this time to meet new friends and strategize with grassroots activists about how to take it to the next level at the school board, county, municipal and state levels!
Current Training Sessions on the Schedule:

  • How Do We Win Converts? Speaking the Language of Liberty in Texas
  • Media Training for Individual Activists and Group Leaders
  • Citizen Lobbying at the State and Local Levels
  • Exercising Your Civic Authority and Influencing Your Neighbors at the Door
  • Fundraising for Group Leaders and Boards
  • A special keynote address from Congressman Louie Gohmert

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Garland Central Library (North Program Room)

625 Austin St.

Garland, TX  75040

Guest Speaker 

Wade Miller

South Central Regional Coordinator

Heritage Action for American

 

 

Please join us for an informative evening as we hear what Heritage Action is doing in Washington to hold Congress accountable to conservative principles. Heritage Action says, "For too long, big government special interests have dominated Washington."  Heritage believes Washington should work for America's best interests, and their goal is to hold our leaders accountable for adopting policies that do that.  

 

Wade will be giving us a post-election update on the important issues coming up and what we can expect from Washington and from Austin . He will share about the Heritage Action Sentinel program and how we can be involved as they provide the practical tools to assist us in doing so.  

Early voting begins tomorrow, Oct. 20th.  Please get out and vote the entire ballot. Leave no position unvoted.  Doing so is equivalent to casting a vote for someone you would never want to see elected. 
 
Early Voting dates, times and the Garland location:
Oct. 20 - 24 | Mon.-Fri. | 8am - 5pm
Oct. 25 | Saturday | 7am - 7pm 
Oct. 26 | Sunday | 1pm - 6pm
Oct. 27 - 31 | Mon.-Fri. | 7am - 7pm
Richland College, Garland Campus
675 W. Walnut St
Garland, TX. 75040
 
ELECTION DAY, TUESDAY, NOV. 4th 7am - 7pm

You can find where your precinct votes on Election Day and see your sample ballot by going to http://www.dallascountyvotes.org/voter-information/
 
Click on the Voter Information button then click on Voter Lookup and View Sample Ballot.  Enter your name and date of birth OR your VUID Number (found on your voter registration card). When your information comes up, scroll down, and click on View Sample Ballot.

There will be another important Garland City Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 21. One item on the agenda is a followup to changes to City Council Policy OPNS-23, made in a recent work session which Council agreed to after much citizen opposition. 

If you missed the Oct. 6, meeting, this has to do with Council Committees. The changes being considered would significantly affect the way committees are appointed and the way they function,  As a result, this would impact the influence of Council members and their constituents. It is important for citizens to attend this meeting and voice their opinions.


GARLAND CITY COUNCIL MEETING
7:00 pm
October 21, 2014
Duckworth Building, Goldie Locke Room
217 North Fifth Street
Garland, Texas  75040


The agenda for this meeting can be accessed using the link below.  

https://www.garlandtx.gov/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=12756
 
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