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                                      Texas GOP 2018 Platform, Legislative Initiatives and Priorities

As you are aware, the Texas Republican Party met during June in San Antonio. Part of its core work was to adopt a platform for 2018 consisting of 331 principles, many of which reflect legislative initiatives.

Among the topics addressed, five have been identified as the biggest priorities according to Texas GOP Chairman James Dickey’s recent communications:

1. Constitutional Carry: Pass constitutional carry while maintaining licensing as optional for reciprocity purposes.

2. Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying: Pass legislation to abolish all forms of tax-payer funded lobbying and end the automatic payroll deduction of union dues by the government.

3. Abortion: Pass legislation to abolish abortion; including, but not limited to, enacting legislation that would ignore and refuse to enforce any and all federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, and court rulings, which would deprive an unborn child of the right to life, as well as enacting life-saving legislation such as PreNDA or a “heartbeat bill”. Completely eliminate funding for Planned Parenthood and their affiliates and prohibit their physical and digital presence in our schools.

4. Property Tax: Abolish the Maintenance and Operation School property tax and replace it with a consumption tax or other mechanism other than income tax while broadening the tax base, eliminating the appraisal board and taxing the property at the purchased value or the free market value upon change of hands for local government funding and special district funding. School Maintenance and Operation funds shall be allocated from the state’s general fund to Texas’ Independent School Districts via an inflation-adjusted, per-student-allocation.

5. Religious Freedom and Privacy: Pass legislation prohibiting the violation of the rights and freedoms of individuals, organizations and businesses, to exercise their sincerely held religious beliefs by local ordinances or state laws; and pass legislation that protects the privacy and safety of women and children in multi-use facilities such as bathrooms, locker rooms and showers in all Tex
as schools and government buildings and oppose legislation that would undermine these privacy and safety protections.

Gail Schubot CFRW Legislative Chair
June 25, 2018                                                                           ************************