#GOPFascism: List of Texas Republicans Who Voted Against the First Amendment

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AUSTIN – The Texas Legislature Wednesday pushed through controversial legislation which repeals portions of the First Amendment, effectively ending citizen journalism in the Capitol. The new law is an attempt for legislators to shield themselves from scrutiny even in public areas of the Capitol building.

In a stunning show of bipartisanship, the Texas House rushed through SB 19 which includes provisions which some say severely curtail the first amendment rights of the press. Civil penalties for video reporting could now include $10,000 fines per occurrence.

The following is the literature of the bill in question:

       SECTION 5.01.  Section 306.002, Government Code, is amended
to read as follows:
       Sec. 306.002.  APPLICATION. This chapter applies to:
             (1)  records and communications collected and
maintained by members of the legislature and the lieutenant
governor on June 12, 1985, as well as to records made and
communications received by those officials on or after that date
             (2)  oral communications to members of the legislature 
and the lieutenant governor.
       SECTION 5.02.  Chapter 306, Government Code, is amended by
adding Section 306.0041 to read as follows:
THE CAPITOL. (a) In this chapter:
             (1)  “Intercept” means the aural acquisition of the 
contents of a communication through the use of an electronic, 
mechanical, or other device that is made without the consent of all 
parties to the communication, but does not include the ordinary use 
                   (A)  a telephone or telegraph instrument or 
facility or telephone or telegraph equipment;
                   (B)  a hearing aid designed to correct subnormal 
hearing to not better than normal;
                   (C)  a radio, television, or other wireless 
receiver; or
                   (D)  a cable system that relays a public wireless 
broadcast from a common antenna to a receiver.
             (2)  “Protected oral communication” means an oral 
communication uttered by a person exhibiting an expectation that 
the communication is not subject to interception under 
circumstances justifying that expectation. The term does not 
include an electronic communication.
       (b)  To ensure the right of the citizens of this state to 
petition state government, as guaranteed by Article I, Section 27, 
Texas Constitution, by protecting the confidentiality of 
communications of citizens with a member of the legislature or the 
lieutenant governor, a person has a justified expectation that the 
person’s oral communication with a member of the legislature or the 
lieutenant governor while in the state capitol is not subject to 
interception. A person whose oral communication with a member of 
the legislature or the lieutenant governor consists of testimony at 
a public meeting of a legislative committee or agency does not have 
a justified expectation that the communication is not subject to 
       (c)  A party to a protected oral communication with a member 
of the legislature or the lieutenant governor while in the state 
capitol has a civil cause of action against a person who:
             (1)  intercepts, attempts to intercept, or employs or 
obtains another to intercept or attempt to intercept the 
communication; or
             (2)  uses or divulges information that the person knows 
or reasonably should know was obtained by interception of the 
       (d)  This section does not apply to a party to an oral 
communication if an interception or attempted interception of the 
communication is authorized by 18 U.S.C. Section 2516, or if the 
party has an affirmative defense to prosecution under Section 
16.02, Penal Code, other than Subsection (c)(4) of that section.
       (e)  A person who establishes a cause of action under this 
section is entitled to:
             (1)  an injunction prohibiting a further interception, 
attempted interception, or divulgence or use of information 
obtained by an interception;
             (2)  statutory damages of $10,000 for each occurrence;
             (3)  all actual damages in excess of $10,000;
             (4)  punitive damages in an amount determined by the 
court or jury; and
             (5)  reasonable attorney’s fees and costs.
       (f)  Chapter 27, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, does not 
apply to a legal action authorized by this section.
    Matt Schaefer proposed an amendment to the language, because he actually believes in the 1st amendment of the US Constitution:

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Byron Cook felt differently. He felt that the bill was good as is and complied with the idea of repealing the 1st amendment. Him and his compadres voted NAY on Schaefer’s amendment.

Here are the Texas State House Republicans that voted to repeal the First Amendment in Texas. Let them know what you think of the Constitution.

  1. Trent Ashby (HD 57) @TrentAshbyTX[email protected]
  2. Jimmy Don Aycock (HD 54) @Aycockjda[email protected]
  3. Cindy Burkett (HD 113) @CindyBurkett_TX[email protected]
  4. DeWayne Burns (HD 58) @BurnsForTexas
  5. Angie Chen Button (HD 112) @AngieChenButton
  6. Giovanni Capriglione (HD 98) @VoteGiovanni[email protected]
  7. Travis Clardy (HD 11) @TravisForTexas
  8. Byron Cook (HD 8) [email protected]
  9. Tony Dale (HD 136) @TonyDaleTX
  10. Drew Darby (HD 72) @drewdarby4Tx[email protected]
  11. Sarah Davis (HD 134) @SarahforHD134[email protected]
  12. Gary Elkins (HD 135) [email protected]
  13. Wayne Faircloth (HD 23) @WayneFaircloth
  14. Dr. Marsha Farney (HD 20) @DrMarshaFarney[email protected]
  15. John Frullo (HD 84) @FrulloForTexas[email protected]
  16. Rick Galindo (HD 117) @GalindoForRep
  17. Charlie Geren (HD 99) @charliegeren
  18. Larry Gonzales (HD 52) @larrygonzales52[email protected]
  19. Patricia Harless (HD 126) @PatriciaHarless[email protected]
  20. Dan Huberty (HD 127) @DanHuberty[email protected]
  21. Todd Hunter (HD 32) @toddahunter@Dist32StateRep[email protected]
  22. Kyle Kacal (HD 12) @KyleKacal[email protected]
  23. Jim Keffer (HD 60) @RepJimKeffer[email protected]
  24. Ken King (HD 88) @KingForTexas[email protected]
  25. Linda Koop (HD 102) @LindaKoopHD102
  26. John Kuempel (HD 44) [email protected]
  27. Lyle Larson (HD 122) @RepLyleLarson[email protected]
  28. Jose Manuel Lozano (HD 43) @RepJMLozano[email protected]
  29. Morgan Meyer (HD 108) @MorganMeyerTX[email protected]
  30. Doug Miller (HD 73) @DougMiller73[email protected]
  31. Rick Miller (HD 26) @Vote4Rick[email protected]
  32. Jim Murphy (HD 133) @JimMurphy133[email protected]
  33. John Otto (HD 18) @RepJohnOtto[email protected]
  34. Tan Parker (HD 63) @tparker63[email protected]
  35. Larry Philips (HD 62) [email protected]
  36. Four Price (HD 87) @FourPriceTX
  37. John Raney (HD 14) @RaneyForTexas[email protected]
  38. Debbie Riddle (HD 150) @debbieriddle
  39. Dr. J.D. Sheffield (HD 59) @dr_sheffield[email protected]
  40. Ron Simmons (HD 65) @RonSimmonsTexas[email protected]
  41. Wayne Smith (HD 128) [email protected]
  42. Ed Thompson (HD 29) @RepEdThompson[email protected]
  43. Gary VanDeaver (HD 1) @GaryVanDeaver
  44. Jason Villalba (HD 114) @JasonVillalba[email protected]
  45. Paul Workman (HD 47) @PaulWorkman[email protected]
  46. John Wray (HD 10) @wrayfortexas10


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