TCADP is actively involved in the Texas Legislature, which meets every other year for 140 days, starting on the second Tuesday in January and concluding at the end of May. Much of our work is carried out by the TCADP Lobby Corps, a dedicated group of volunteers who work with our staff and board of directors to advance our legislative agenda.
Members of the TCADP Lobby Corps already have had an active presence in the 86th Texas Legislature, which began on January 8, 2019. On January 23, we hand-delivered copies of our2018 year-end report on death penalty developments to every legislative office at the State Capitol.
Bills to repeal the death penalty have been filed in both chambers:
- House Bill 246 by State Representative Jessica Farrar (HD 148-Houston)
- Senate Bill 294 by State Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (SD 27-Brownsville)
TCADP is calling for both bills to receive hearings in their respective committees – the House Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, chaired by State Representative Nicole Collier (HD 95-Fort Worth), and the Senate Criminal Justice Committee, chaired by State Senator John Whitmire (SD 15-Houston). Read our position papers on HB 246 and SB 294.
TCADP also provides opportunities for constituent engagement. Check out this great advice from Texas House Parliamentarian Chris Griesel on how to communicate with state legislators.
For highlights of our work in past legislative sessions, please visit our Legislative Advocacy Archive page.