Monday, April 18, 2011

Senate Adjourns Without Debating SB 723

The Texas Senate Adjourned today without hearing Senate Bill 723 which was on the "intent calendar." SB 723 would remove a court ordered change of "sex" from the list of documents that can be used to prove identity for obtaining a marriage license and would effectively void all marriages between a transgender person and a person of the opposite sex (Read LQ's explanation of why).

From LQ's post Day 98:
The Senate rules require that all bills be considered in the order that they are filed. The rules also allow the Senate to ignore that rule if 2/3 of the Senators agree. The list of bills that Senators would like to have considered to be taken out of order is called the "intent calendar." Any Senator may place their bill on the intent calendar, but they generally will not do so unless they are confident that it will pass the 2/3 vote. Since the Senate Republicans are 1 vote short of a 2/3 majority Williams must believe that he has the support of at least one Senate Democrat for SB 723 or he wouldn't have placed it on the intent calendar."
There were 63 bills on the intent calendar today, including SB 723. The Senate got to 9 of them. There is no scheduled calendar for Tuesday or Wednesday so the Senate will continue working down the intent calendar for today. If we are to be successful in killing SB 723 we must keep the pressure on Senate Democrats to oppose the bill. Please call and e-mail them today:

Mario Gallegos (512) 463-0106

Wendy Davis (512) 463-0110

Rodney G. Ellis (512) 463-0113

Kirk Watson (512) 463-0114

John Whitmire (512) 463-0115

Carlos I. Uresti (512) 463-0119

Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (512) 463-0120

Judith Zaffirini (512) 463-0121

Royce West (512) 463-0123

Leticia R. Van de Putte (512) 463-0126

Eduardo A. (Eddie) Lucio, Jr. (512) 463-0127

José R. Rodríguez (512) 463-0129

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