Bad Bills Headed for Hearings–Speak Out Against One Aiming to Silence You

Starting Friday, the Texas Senate will be holding rapid-fire hearings over three days in an effort to jam through a batch of bad proposals that have deservedly failed in past sessions. These include bills to enact private-school voucher subsidies (SB 2 on Friday in the Senate Education Committee) and to dictate discriminatory bathroom-use policies affecting transgender schoolchildren (SB 3 and SB 91 in the Senate State Affairs Committee on Friday).

Another one of the worst recycled proposals is an attack on your individual freedom to use payroll deduction to pay your union or association dues. Two nearly identical Senate bills to carry out this attack, SB 7 and SB 94 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), have been set for a hearing in the Senate Business and Commerce Committee at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23. (The House equivalent is HB 156 by Rep. Jason Isaac, R-Dripping Springs.)

Gov. Greg Abbott and other backers of this bad legislation have been conducting a disinformation campaign, falsely claiming that payroll deduction has a cost to taxpayers. But the fact is that state law requires the organization receiving dues to pay the administrative costs, if any, incurred in processing deductions.

This proposal is really nothing but a blatant political attempt to discriminate against and stifle the expression of views by teachers and other public employees. It is an assault on individual freedom, and we need to let lawmakers know this nonsense has got to stop.

Here are two ways you can send that message. One, call your state senator at 1-844-332-8404, and your call will be directed to the right office. Two, send an e-letter from the Texas AFT legislative-action website to your state senator and to your state representative in the Texas House. And then stay tuned for further opportunities to make your voice count in defense of public education and your own individual freedom. Don’t let them silence you!

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