Legislative Advocacy

TCADP’s  success in the Texas legislature depends a great deal upon the involvement of our members and supporters.  Your role in the legislative process, as constituent, cannot be overemphasized.  Your voice makes a difference!

TCADP Lobby Corps

The 2013 Legislative Session has ended, but TCADP is still busy.    This dedicated group of people works with our staff and board members to advance TCADP’s legislative goals.  Lobby Corps members played a significant role throughout the 2013 Texas Legislative Session, meeting regularly with dozens of legislative offices and educating our elected officials about the death penalty.

Contact Elected Officials

TCADP urges you to contact your State Senator, State Representative and the Governor and tell them of your concerns about capital punishment.  TCADP is happy to provide you many resources on how to contact your legislator and what talking points to use.  We also want you to tell us how your visit went!  Learn more.

Results of the 83rd Legislative Session (2013):

  • Rep. Jessica Farrar (D-Houston) files House Bill 1703, which calls for repeal of the death penalty in Texas;
  • Rep. Alma Allen (D-Houston) and Rep. Lon Burnam (D-Fort Worth) sign on to the bill as co-authors;
  • TCADP Lobby Corps meet with dozens of legislative offices to encourage their support for HB 1703 and to call for a committee hearing;
  • HB 1703 receives a hearing by the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee on April 29, 2013.

TCADP also provided support for House Bill 2458 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston), which seeked to prohibit the imposition of a death sentence or execution under any judgment that was sought or obtained on the basis of race.  On April 16, the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee heard testimony on this legislation.  Both HB 2458 and 1703 were left pending in the committee.  Read more about the hearings here and here.