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Helpful sites to get you through the 83rd legislative session

First, wash down two Extra-Strength Tylenol® with a swig of Maximum Strength Maalox®…then… 

Watch the Texas Legislature live, see: http://www.texastribune.org/session/83R/live/

House schedule: http://www.house.state.tx.us/schedules/ 

Senate schedule:http://www.legis.state.tx.us/Committees/MeetingsSenate.aspx 

Where the heck am I anyway? Floor Plan of the Capitol/Directory:  http://www.texastribune.org/directory/offices/ 

Directory of State Officials: http://www.texastribune.org/directory/ 

Interactive bill tracker:  http://www.texastribune.org/session/83R/bills/ 

Important early bills: 

Senator Kevin Eltife (R):  SJR 13 Proposing a constitutional amendment limiting to two the number of consecutive terms for which a person may be elected or appointed to hold certain state offices. (statewide officials, including governor)

State Representative David Simpson (R):  HB 80 TSA Anti-groping bill – criminal offense and penalties for official oppression by a public servant (Companion Senate bill filed by Senator Dan Patrick)

HB 78: Relating to the exemption from the sales and use tax for certain coins and precious metals

State Representative Matt Krause (R):   HB 204 Relating to requiring zero-based budgeting for certain entities funded by this state and requiring a state agency that is undergoing review by the Sunset Advisory Commission to undergo a financial audit and submit a zero-based budget in connection with the review.

HB 359 Relating to the verification of the immigration status of an arrested person.

Senator Jane Nelson (R): SB 11 Relating to the administration and operation of the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program; closes loopholes that allow illegal aliens to collect welfare benefits indefinitely with no work requirements,  based on children being born in the US.

State Representative Lyle Larson (R): HB 122 Relating to the determination of resident status of students by public institutions of higher education (ending in-state tuition breaks for illegal aliens)

HB 180 by Representative Bill Zedler also calls for ending tuition breaks for illegal aliens.

State Representative Phil King (R): HB 291 Relating to a hiring freeze of nonessential personnel employed by a state agency.

State Representative Sephronia Thompson (D): HB 89 Relating to the continuation of the Human Trafficking Prevention Task Force.

HB 90 Relating to civil liability for compelled prostitution and certain promotion of prostitution (human trafficking).

State Representative Bill Zedler (R): HB 181 Relating to a prohibition against the construction or operation by a local governmental entity of a day labor center used to facilitate the employment of aliens not lawfully present in the United States.

HB 288 Relating to the application of foreign and international laws and doctrines in this state and requiring a court of this state to uphold and apply certain laws, including the doctrine requiring courts to refrain from involvement in religious doctrinal interpretation or application. (US Constitution and TX Constitution only in TX Courts)

State Representative James White (R): HB 219 Relating to the provision of certain public benefits and services to persons not lawfully present in the United States and reimbursement from the federal government for those benefits and services.

Senator Robert Nichols (R):  SB 96 Relating to prohibiting the use of eminent domain to take private property for recreational purposes.