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Texas HB 3 Texas Pandemic Response Act

Greetings!

This is a CALL TO ACTION!

The Texas Legislature is in session and there is much work to be done.
Writing letters to your representatives, making phone calls and even possibly going to the Capitol!

This action call is regarding HB 3.
“An Act relating to state and local government responses to a pandemic disaster; creating a criminal offense.”
Short Title:  The Texas Pandemic Response Act

Bill authored by:  Burrows
This bill is 9 pages long…..giving the governor more authority that previously had.  And not just the governor but local representatives also with just as much power!

“Pandemic disaster” means the occurrence or imminent threat of an outbreak of an infectious disease that spreads to a significant portion of the population of multiple countries or the world and that threatens widespread of severe damage, injury, or loss of life or property in this resulting from any natural or man-made cause related to the outbreak.

By executive order a state of pandemic disaster can be issued if the governor determines that a state of pandemic disaster is occurring in this state or that the occurrence or threat of a pandemic disaster is imminent.

This bill makes it the responsibility of  the governor for meeting the dangers to this state and the residents of this state presented by a pandemic disaster.

What iimminent threat could a governor want to keep Texans safe from??  What if the common cold, cedar fever?  These can be real problems for some folks!
He/she must give a description:
of the nature of the disaster
areas effected or threatened
conditions causing
How can any governor predict  a disease?  The area it will threaten?  And the conditions causing?

Why wasn’t covid “pandemic” the responsibility of all those practicing in the medical field?  Instead of the Governor stating we would be masked, distanced & locked down until a vaccine was available?  Especially, when there wasn’t one.

Why were treatments withheld that either caused the virus to be less sever or not contracted at all?  Why weren’t people encouraged to take supplements to help build their immune systems up?  Some that tested positive could not be treated unless they had pneumonia!  They were just told to go home!  Go home and do what????  Wait until they got worse, lhad to be hospitalized then report on those rising numbers to keep  Texas locked down longer!!

What government representative has ANY authority to stop treatments?  To issue pharmacies not to fill scripts of medicines for treatments?
OR….to decide what medical procedures were important or not?
There were doctors that spoke out and lost there jobs!!!!
The governor decided who was essential and who was non-essential!
Who could work and who could not work!
Which businesses were essential or not!

NO GOVERNOR SHOULD HAVE THAT AUTHORITY!  AND this bill gives more power than what we endured thru covid!!!

So then at what point would a governor be able to tell when there is no more immiinent threat???  That could be years, just like we are hearing now!

No one person should have as much power as this bill would give!  Reminder if this bill were to pass it would be in effect for any Governor that is in office!

Please read this bill!   Texas Legislature Online – 87(R) History for HB 3
It is in State Affairs committee
Hearing testimony March 11   Schedule Display (texas.gov)

Instructions:  For those persons who will be testifying, information for in-person witness registration, can be found here:
https://mytxlegis.capitol.texas.gov/HWRSPublic/About.aspx 

A live video broadcast of this hearing will be available here:    https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/ 

Instructions related to public access to the meeting location and health and safety protocols for attending this meeting are available here:  https://house.texas.gov/committees/public-access-house-committee-meetings/

Texas residents who wish to electronically submit comments related to agenda items on this notice without testifying in person can do so until the hearing is adjourned by         https://comments.house.texas.gov/?c=c450

Then be sure and write your House representative and Senator..  This is not a good bill, and needs stopped in committee!

Reigning in government must start now!

Terry Wareham
Bastrop County Party

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