More than six weeks into the session, the THSC Watchmen continue working hard protecting the rights of Texas families. The type of work varies from week to week. The typical day in the life of the Watchmen consists mostly of emails, phone calls, research on bills, and writing analysis on various issues. While a majority of the time spent working takes place at the team’s home outside of downtown Austin, the Watchmen often put on suits and meet directly with legislators or staff to discuss legislation that affects parental and family rights.
Within the past several weeks, amid all of the research and writing, the Watchmen have met with all 181 offices to discuss the details of the Tim Tebow bill. This bill gives home school students the opportunity to try out for public school extra-curricular activities within the district in which they live. In preparation for this, the Watchmen reviewed frequently asked questions, concerns, and opposition, and developed logical and evidential answers to spread the truth about the issue.
Nearly every office welcomed the Watchmen team cordially, and the proposed legislation received an overall positive response. THSC remains optimistic that the bill will pass in both the Senate and House this session. Even now, many different state senators and representatives have agreed to joint-author and co-author the bill. The Watchmen continually raise support and awareness of this bill among the legislature.
THSC and the Watchmen raised awareness while supporting Texas families through an event we hosted in early February, THSC Capitol Days, for the 84th legislative session. Home school families from all over the state met in downtown Austin across the street from the Texas State Capitol, with the hope of influencing legislation that would further their rights in Texas. The day began with presentations and skits on how to effectively lobby for bills, with this particular Capitol Days focusing on the Tim Tebow bill. After lunch, the families got the chance to visit all 142 offices of the Texas House of Representatives and many offices in the Texas Senate. This single day raised substantial awareness for this particular issue, and gave families all over Texas the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a lobbyist for a day. The Watchmen look forward to two more Capitol Days this legislative session to lobby for different bills supporting Texas families.
Moving forward, the Watchmen are preparing for the first Senate and House committee hearings on the Tim Tebow bill. As the session progresses, they will also begin more intense preparations for the Texas Parental Rights Restoration Act, a bill that will strengthen due process and parental rights.
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