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 a constituent cannot be overemphasized.  Your advocacy truly makes a difference!

TCADP Lobby Corps

TCADP is recruiting its third class of Lobby Corps members! This dedicated group of people works with our staff and board members to advance our legislative agenda at the State Capitol.  Lobby Corps members were active throughout the 2013 Texas Legislative Session, meeting regularly with legislative offices and educating elected officials about the death penalty.  They have continued to build relationships with legislators and share information about important death penalty developments during this interim period.  Apply now to join the TCADP Lobby Corps!

Contact Elected Officials

TCADP urges you to contact your State Senator, State Representative and the Governor to let them know about your  concerns about capital punishment.  We can provide you with resources on how to contact your legislator and what talking points to use.  We also want you know 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.