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Happy Independence Day, Texas!

Mar 02, 2015 @ 09:24:46


Happy Independence Day, Texas!

On this day, 179 years ago, Texans declared their independence from Mexico and formed the Republic of Texas. As we honor this day, let us remember what has distinguished Texas and made it great for almost two centuries—a persistent pursuit of independence and liberty.

Threats to our independence and liberty today are real, though perhaps more subtle than those two centuries ago. It is essential that we oppose the numerous assaults on federalism and maintain our sovereignty and independence as a state. Our Texas Constitution underscores that “the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the states.”
Seventeen-year-old Johanna Troutman from Georgia made this early lone star flag from her own white silk skirt and gave it to a company of volunteers who marched to Texas to fight for "Texas and Liberty" in 1835. On the other side of the banner was written in Latin: “Where liberty dwells, there is our country.” We display this flag in the office to remind us of our purpose and hope!

Protecting Texas Liberty

Recently I filed House Bill 1751 to provide a mechanism to enforce Article I, Section 29 of the Texas Constitution which  states: "To guard against transgressions of the high powers herein delegated, we declare that everything in this “Bill of Rights” is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate, and all laws contrary thereto, or to the following provisions, shall be void."

HB 1751 would enable the Legislature to refuse to use state resources to enforce a federal law that it identifies as in conflict with the Texas’ Bill of Rights (Article 1 of the Texas Constitution) which is very similar to the U.S. Bill of Rights.

The federal government may act unconstitutionally, but it should not do so with our aiding and abetting it. This bill formalizes a process by which our state may assert its 10th Amendment rights when the federal government exceeds its jurisdiction. Click HERE to find out what The 10th Amendment Center had to say on HB 1751.
 

East Texas Coalition Day at the Capitol

On Tuesday, constituents from Longview, Kilgore, Gladewater, Bullard, and Tyler traveled to the Capitol. I was grateful to have met with these constituents, as well as Governor Greg Abbott, who spent his boyhood years in Longview. East Texans are having a significant impact on our state government.
 

Thanks for stopping by!

It was a pleasure visiting with HD7 constituent, Dan Smith, the purchasing manager for Southwest Steel Casting Company. I enjoyed our discussion about the importance of manufacturing and the unique products made right there in Longview. Thank you, Dan, for all your valuable input. Please give my greetings to Harry Phillips and all the employees of Southwest Steel Casting Company.
 
On Wednesday, the Texas House honored the Kilgore College Rangerettes on their 75th anniversary. Over the years, this elite troupe has delighted audiences throughout Texas, the nation, and abroad. Congratulations to Director Dana Blair and the entire Kilgore Rangerettes team for receiving the Texas Cultural Trust’s highest recognition: The Medal of Arts in dance category.
 

The Journey Continues

Please tune in each week as session progresses and the fight for liberty continues! You can follow along each week with any bills of interest by watching the process. Links to committee hearings and floor activity can be found hereBills that I have filed may be found here.

I welcome your input and covet your prayers. Thank you for the privilege of representing District 7 in the Texas House.

For Texas and liberty,
David Simpson
 

Legislature by the Numbers

As of Sunday, March 1, 2015
House Bills Filed: 2135
Senate Bills Filed: 854
Total: 2989

Left: Micah Covey interned in the Capitol office last week assisting with administrative duties, reading legislation, and helping constituents. Micah is a homeschooled high school senior who enjoys economics, government, physical work, and cattle. Thank you for all of your help last week, Micah!
 

In Case You Missed It!

"Holding Marriage in HonorOp-Ed published by the Longview News-Journal, February 28, 2015

"Tackling the Synthetic Drug ProblemOp-Ed published by the Longview News-Journal, February 8, 2015

What is Civil Forfeiture? — Institute for Justice

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The Calm Before the Storm

Feb 24, 2015 @ 08:54:19

 


The Calm before the Storm

It is a race to the starting line at the Capitol as legislators rush to file bills before the March 13th deadline. Bills are being filed and referred to committee at a rapid pace. When Governor Abbott gave his State of the State address this week he designated 5 topics as emergency items to be considered by the legislature. Such designation authorizes immediate action on those issues. 

Governor Abbott's First State of the State Address

Last Tuesday, Governor Abbott delivered the State of the State Address in a joint session of the legislature, declaring early education, higher education research initiatives, transportation funding, border security funding, and ethics reform as emergency items for consideration during the first 60 days of session.

I am grateful that he made funding of transportation and border security a priority, wants to substantially reduce the voluminous regulations of educators, supports parents as the ultimate local control of education, and wants to expand liberty in Texas.

I look forward to working for Texas and liberty with Gov. Abbott.
 

Texans Deserve More Transparency

Last week, I filed two House Bills to promote transparency  on topics that affect our health and hard- earned tax dollars. House Bill 1581 makes it the duty of a water supply system to provide certain information to consumers regarding fluoride in drinking water. Such information will allow consumers to make informed decisions about their family's health.
House Bill 1582 requires a disclosure of all compensation paid to current or former elected officers. Taxpayers are entitled to see how their money is expended.
 

Thank you all for stopping by!

It was a pleasure visiting with representatives from Communities in Schools: Kim GonzalesBobbie Hurd, Jane Mathis, Dolores Perez, James Rivera, and Nancy Casey. Thank you for all of the time and effort you put towards helping Texas students.
 
There were a lot of hats in the Capitol last Tuesday! It was a pleasure visiting with Gregg County Sheriff Maxey Cerliano, Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith and Denton County Sheriff Will Barrett Travis! Thanks for stopping by and for all you do for Texas and liberty.
 

Staying Informed

As session continues to pick up speed, I encourage all citizens to stay informed on current legislation.

You can follow along each week with any bills of interest by watching the process. Links to committee hearings and floor activity can be found hereBills that I have filed may be found here.

I welcome your input and covet your prayers. Thank you for the privilege of representing District 7 in the Texas House.

For Texas and liberty,
David Simpson
 

Legislature by the Numbers

As of Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
House Bills Filed: 1806
Senate Bills Filed: 680
Total: 2486

Left: Michael Bullock, my Legislative Director, has worked in the Capitol for 10 years. Michael advises me on policy, analyzes legislation, and helps me with constituent issues. When he is not working hard in the Capitol, he enjoys spending quality time with his wife, flying, and coaching a youth baseball team.

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Tackling the Synthetic Drug Problem

Feb 16, 2015 @ 12:23:39

 


Tackling the Synthetic Drug Problem

Recently I filed two pieces of legislation to help tackle the synthetic drug problem in our community and state. Since 2010 there has been an influx of designer drugs on the market that mimic the physiological effects of controlled substances. These synthetic drugs are far more dangerous than their natural counterparts. Because the substances are designed to better fit the receptors in the brain, the intensity of their effect is amplified and the duration of their experience is extended.
Imagine having a beer with friends. You know that your tolerance for alcohol will allow you to have a beer and drive home without impairment. Then imagine that you drank a "synthetic beer" and the first time you are perfectly fine, but the next time instead of being able to drive you find yourself suffering from severe agitation and anxiety, nausea, vomiting, elevated heart rate, tremors, seizures, hallucinations, or temporary blindness.

The issue is complicated by the deceptive practices under which these synthetic drugs are sold. Although they are designed to produce effects in humans that are similar to, or in excess of, controlled substances, they are not marketed as drugs. They are sold as something else. Often they are added to incense or potpourri.

Simply banning these chemicals has not been effective. As soon as state and federal authorities move to place certain chemicals and compounds on controlled substance lists, producers make subtle changes to the chemical makeup of their products, staying one step ahead of the law.

To learn more about this issue and my proposal to help solve this persistent problem, read my article,  "Tackling the synthetic drug problem," published in the Longview News-Journal, February 8, 2015.
The House Honors the Gilmer High Buckeyes 2014 UIL 4A Division 2 State Champs!

Rep. Dade Phelan (from Mustang territory) was a great sport as he honored his agreement to wear Buckeye colors if his Mustangs were defeated at the state championship. Please join representatives Bryan Hughes, Stuart Spitzer, and me in congratulating Coach Jeff Traylor and the entire Buckeyes team!

 
Students Travel to the Capitol for Texas Career & Education Month

It was a pleasure visiting with Technology Students Association representatives Cesia Flores, Hannah Brown (from District 7), Garrett Richards, and Alejandra Parra on Thursday.

 
Longview Native, Keren Henry, Attends the TeenPACT at the Capitol
 
At the age of 13, Keren Henry is already learning how to be an effective leader. On Friday, Keren attended the TeenPACT conference, which is a comprehensive leadership experience that brings students closer to Jesus Christ, makes them better leaders, and positions them to impact public policy in the state of Texas. It was a pleasure meeting this bright young lady and her parents, Matthew and Amy Henry.

Looking Forward

As bills are referred to committees, and as committees begin to meet, the sprints that we seem to be running will soon turn into marathons. I encourage you to follow along with any bills of interest by watching the process.

Links to committee hearings and floor activity can be found hereBills that I have filed may be found here.

I welcome your input and covet your prayers. Thank you for the privilege of representing District 7 in the Texas House.

For Texas and liberty,
David Simpson 

Legislature by the Numbers

As of Sunday, Feb. 16, 2015
House Bills Filed: 1457
Senate Bills Filed:  566
Total: 2023

Left: Kathi Seay, my chief of staff, has worked in the Capitol for 22 years. When she is not reading and evaluating legislation, advising me on policy and helping with constituent issues, she invests in mentoring staff and young people. She also enjoys knitting.

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