Texas has a unique legislative process. A bill which receives a favorable vote in a House committee is not automatically considered on the House floor. It simply gets reported to the House Calendars Committee, which decides not just when – but also if – it will be ever be debated by all 150 state Representatives. Not many bills make it out of House Calendars Committee. Here are two NRA-backed measures that have been sent to this committee that need your attention:
House Bill 47 by state Representative Dan Flynn (R-Van) would reduce the number of required classroom hours for an original Concealed Handgun License (CHL) from 10 to 6. This change would make it far more convenient for CHL applicants to obtain a license to carry and exercise their right to self-defense.
House Bill 508 by state Representative Ryan Guillen (D-Rio Grande City) imposes civil fines on state agencies, cities or counties which improperly post 30.06 signs prohibiting CHLs from property which is not off-limits to them under the Texas Penal Code. It also gives the Texas Attorney General the ability to sue to collect the civil penalties if the offending agency or political subdivision fails to remove the sign after having been notified of a violation.