Texas Progressive Action Network (TPAN) tracked over a 100 pieces of legislation this session and took action on 51 bills.
At the start of session, we create a master list for legislation we’ve flagged to follow. Our ability to focus on more issues is entirely dependent on the amount of eyes we can put on bills. We are a volunteer led organization. Our focus first and foremost will always be legislation revolving around voting, voter ID, voter rights and election laws.
Our Action Team of 25 volunteers responded and acted on alerts on a weekly and/or daily basis (depending on their availability), making calls, writing letters, making office visits.
This session, we also tracked and advocated on legislation related to smart gun laws, healthcare, redistricting, criminal justice and prison reforms, and the upcoming 2020 Census, to name a few.
On these specific issues, we managed 15 targeted calls to action on relevant bills and in so doing, our Network grew by 188 new members. These individuals worked with us to advocate on these issues and thanks in part to their efforts, we saw several good bills pass this session.
Our chief goals this session however were bills related to online voter registration. While we did not ultimately see a hearing on any such legislation, we will continue to advocate for OVR to be brought to the state of Texas because we know that it is a good policy that better serves Texas voters. It is our intention to push to see those bills introduced again when the Texas Legislatures convenes in 2021.