|Clergy Mondays at the State Capitol
In response to growing demand from clergy around the state, Texas Impact has launching Clergy Mondays at the Capitol in Austin for clergy and other religious professionals. This new initiative is designed to give clergy and other religious professionals opportunities for ongoing interaction with legislators and their staffs through the rest of the current legislative session and beyond.
Each Monday from now until the end of the legislative session (May 31, 2015), Texas Impact will host interested faith leaders for a short briefing on one key issue or bill. Participants will receive a list of legislative offices to visit, instructions for successful visits, and talking points on the week’s priority issue. Participants may be asked to attend committee hearings or engage with legislators outside the House and Senate chambers.
The program will start at 11am in Room E2.018 in the Capitol Extension, and end at 2pm in the Capitol Chapel. Each week will start and end with prayer or meditation by a participant. Participants are encouraged to eat together in the Capitol Grille if necessary. They are free to come to the Capitol early and stay as long as they want to.
For more information, please contact Bee Moorhead at Texas Impact to help with logistics or coordinate a meeting to connect with other faith community representatives at the Capitol.
Action Alert: Good Health and Bad Medicine
Medicaid expansion is currently stalled, but legislators are considering a number of bills that would keep Texans healthy. Call your legislator and urge support!
On the down side, legislators are considering a host of bills that would encourage inappropriate government involvement in religion. Proponents say the legislation is needed to protect religious freedom…but these bills would create religious winners and losers. Tell lawmakers “religious freedom” means everyone.
Find legislator phone numbers, bill information and more at texasimpact.org
Texas Water Management 101: You and the State Water Plan
A Forum on Water Management and Conservation
Saturday, May 9, 2015 ● 9am – 5pm
Abiding Love Lutheran Church – 7210 Brush Country Road Austin, TX 78749 ● Free and Open to the Public Lunch Provided ● RSVP Today!
Featured speakers include: Texas Water Development Board Commissioner Kathleen Jackson; Texas State Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon; Texas Parks and Wildlife Conservation Education Manager Johnnie Smith; and more!
New report from our friends at the Center for Public Policy Priorities
Wondering what ever happened to the Medicaid expansion? It’s not too late for Texas to do the right thing! This new report by CPPP’s Anne Dunkelberg will get you up to speed on developments in Texas and other states, how rural hospital closures factor into the equation, and what’s possible…even in just 30 days.