2019 Lege Session!

The war between the two parties is putting small "d" democracy at risk – not to mention fundamentals like our land and water.

Our Land, Our Water, Our Democracy Lobby Day ButtonYou’re invited to join the independent movement to do something about it!

This first LIV Lobby Day for the 2019 Texas Legislative Session was held on March 5th. Below is a brief synopsis of the sessions held with written materials and slide show we hope you find helpful. Make sure you sign up to receive our email alerts and, if you use Facebook, like our page here.

LIV may hold an additional Lobby Day before the end of the session on May 27. Just know what we know. While the partisans play, watch your resources and your wallets!

Democracy is not a game: Most voters agree the gamesmanship between the two parties is not only stifling innovation, it is harming small “d” democracy – the ability to build consensus in our country. In Texas, ballot access petition reform would allow independent, non-aligned candidate and minor party competition. It’s called the Texas Voter Choice Act. Here's a Texas Voter Choice Act 1-page flier.

We must also defend the right to petition for municipal voter referenda – real local control – ordinary Texans' only check and balance on local government. Municipal government attacks on petition rights have become commonplace. More here on petition rights attacks. We are watching Sen. Joan Huffman's SB 323 closely as it can be a reform or deform, depending on amendments.

         Speakers:  Mark Miller (Texans for Voter Choice, bio here), Linda Curtis (LIV, bio here), Fred Lewis, Esq. (leading Texas election attorney) 

Mark Miller slide show here

Lobby Day for Independents March 5

Watch the Griddy video!

Saying NO to the California Water Model: Private water speculators are hijacking the State Water Plan via “Gridzilla”, a water grid copying California’s over-pumping and costly transfer of groundwater from distant locations for real estate development. Here's the Fact Sheet for the Sustainable Groundwater Development Act to protect our aquifers, landowners, ratepayers and future generations. Here's the full Sustainable Groundwater Development Act.

Big government is bad business, according to the Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund, when it comes to groundwater mismanagement.

We also support this legislation proposed to get the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) out of the groundwater grabbing game and to return to their mission to protect the Colorado River. Details here.

          Speakers:  Michele Gangnes, Esq. (Simsboro Aquifer Water Defense Fund), James Murphy, Esq. (Top Texas Water Attorney) Murphy slide here,  Chris Mullins, Esq. (Save Our Springs Alliance)

SAWDF Slides here

SOS slides here.

Curbing Eminent Domain Abuse: The newly organized Texas Landowners for Eminent Domain Reform is working this session to level the playing field in an unfair process that favors condemnors over landowners. Visit Texas Landowners for Eminent Domain Reform Bill Page.

          Speakers:  Rita Beving, Texas Landowners for Eminent Domain Reform, Calvin Tillman (LIV Advisory Committee), Chris Johns, Esq., Johns & Counsel

Eminent Domain Slides here

What you can do right now!

Call your state senator and state representative to urge they visit with League of Independent Voters representatives now.

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