Chamber for the Texas House of Representatives

Ethics in Action – December 2012

December 20th, 2012 at 3:36 pm

Getting Involved this Legislative Session

Anne Olson

As people of faith, it is important for us to make our voices, and priorities, heard in the Texas Legislature. There are numerous opportunities for Texas Baptists to get involved this legislative session, and we encourage you to do so. Because of the passion of people like you, in the 2011 session we were able to completely restore funding for chaplains working in the criminal justice system that was zeroed out of the initial budget draft. Similarly, thanks to the dedication of Texas Baptist pastors and lay leaders and the stories they shared from their congregations, the legislature began the process of reforming the payday and auto title lending industry in Texas.

In the last two years, we have hosted groups from Baylor University, University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Hardin-Simmons University, Howard Payne University, Baptist University of the Americas, and numerous churches around the state. Each group has been able to visit their legislators’ offices to tell them what’s important to them as students, as professionals, and as Baptists. Pastors like Dr. Chad Chaddick and Dr. Michael Evans among many others have testified at the legislature on issues pertinent to their congregations, undeniably making a difference in the legislative process.

Join us for the 83rd legislative session! Below you will find different avenues you can take to be involved this session. You may choose to simply educate yourself on who represents you and your district, or you may choose to call or visit their office. You may even feel compelled to testify on a specific issue to ensure your voice is heard. Whatever your calling, we are here to help.

How to get involved in the 2013 legislative session:

  • Find my state representative and state senator: Who Represents Me?
  • Come to the CLC 2013 Legislative Luncheon, February 12:

Save the Date: Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Christian Life Commission Legislative Luncheon
First Baptist Church, Austin, Texas

Stephen Reeves, Legislative Counsel at
Anne Olson, Public Policy Specialist at
Julie Valentine, Austin Office Manager at
Or call: 512-473-2288

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