HB 562 and SB 531: American Laws for American Courts

May 19 urgent update from Chris Byrd:

Subject: Alert Across Texas re: SB 531 and HB 562 (CLICK HERE for Bill Look-up Info)

Dear Group Leaders and Members,

As reported yesterday [May 18], by the Senate Committee on State Affairs, the Committee voted 6 to 2 in favor of SB 531.  Senator Estes was absent.  Senators: Ellis and Zaffirini were Nay votes.  Senators: Huffman (Chair), Birdwell, Creighton, Fraser, Nelson and Schwertner were Yea votes.  Senator Campbell is trying to assemble enough votes (19) to support placement on the intent calendar for immediate vote on the Senate floor.  It is urgent that your respective Senator (and any others you wish to contact) hear from you as this week is critical.  Current SB 531 co-authors are Senators: Huffines, Taylor, Hall, Kolkhorst, Hancock and Perry.  At least 6 additional votes are needed.

As a suggestion, feel free to reference this bill is needed to guarantee fundamental constitutional rights which will protect all Texans, and particularly the rights of women and children from discordant foreign law which our Courts may enforce or apply in family courts.  HB 562 will be substituted by SB 531 if SB 531 is passed by Senate and sent to the House.  Please also continue your messaging to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Joe Straus.

CLICK HERE to find “Who Represents Me?”

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick
(512) 463-0001
LTGConstituent.Affairs@ltgov.state.tx.us

Speaker Joe Straus
(512) 463-1000
joe.straus@speaker.state.tx.us

Regards,

J. Christopher Byrd, Partner
Law Offices of Davis & Byrd
Office: 830-249-3559
Fax: 830-214-2181
706 E. Blanco, Suite 200
P.O. Box 352
Boerne, TX 78006


 

May 13 email letter supporting HB 562 by Steve Baysinger, SATP Board of Directors

Dear Chairman Hunter, Chairman Lucio and Calendars Committee members,

Background:
 
Both Texas and the United States have unique values of liberty not found in foreign laws (i.e., United Nations “international law,” etc.).  Embedded in our liberty values are sovereign rights granted by God:  (1) freedom of religion; (2) freedom of speech; (3) freedom of information; (4) due process; (5) right to property; (5) the right to keep and bear arms, among others.
 
Often foreign laws are in direct conflict with Texas and U.S. constitutional principles of equal protection and due process–principles treasured by all sovereign citizens. Texas continues to experience a relentless incursion of foreign laws into its judicial system. Incursion is taking place in three ways: (1) comity (i.e., mutual respect of foreign law by the host country’s legal officers and court system); (2) choice of law issues, and; (3) choice of forum or venue. [1]  Granting comity to a foreign judgment is a matter of state law. The issue in Texas is the Texas legislature has not explicitly expressed its public policy regarding induction of foreign laws into Texas and U.S. courts—until now.
 
Analysis:
 
House Bill 562 (Rep. Leach) focuses on family law and the subsequent restrictive application of foreign law in domestic legal cases within Texas courts.
 
Foreign law applied to sovereign citizens in Texas courts has resulted in the loss of litigants’ fundamental rights and privileges protected by the US Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the Texas Constitution.[2]
 
 HB 562 protects our laws and safeguards Texas public policy from the intrusion of discordant foreign law by requiring litigants be accorded the same fundamental rights guaranteed by the Texas and U.S. constitutions and U.S. Bill of Rights.[3]
 
A foreign court has been in existence in Richardson, Texas, since 1950.  In light of the ever expanding movement across the globe to adopt international law and conform to Sharia law, including several instances where the U.S. Supreme Court has appealed to international law in its decisions (e.g. Lawrence v. Texas, et. al.), the further erosion of Texas and U.S. sovereignty is all but inevitable unless the Texas legislature takes action.
 
Action Required:
 
HB 562 enjoys strong support in the House and must be passed out of Calendars Committee for debate on the House floor. Committee members, PLEASE move HB 562 to the floor for debate. Texas citizens are looking to you FOR support of American laws for American courts and to take a stand AGAINST foreign laws in Texas and US courts.[4]
 
Respectfully submitted.
 
Steve Baysinger 
Director, San Antonio Tea Party
San Antonio, Texas


[1] “American Laws for American Courts,” Public Policy Alliance, http://publicpolicyalliance.org.
[2] Reference Hosain v. Malik, 108 Md App 284 (1996) and Jabri v. Qaddura, 108 SW 3d 404 (Tex. App.-Ft. Worth 2003)
[3] Chris Byrd, ACT for America, cbyrd@davisbyrdyost.com; 706 E. Blanco, Ste. 200, Boerne, TX 78006
[4] To date, 9 states have passed legislation similar to SB 531 and HB 562. They are: Tennessee, Louisiana, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma, Alabama, North Carolina, Washington and Florida.

April 29 update from Chris Byrd on actions needed to move HB 562:

Dear fellow Texans, 

As a quick update, we are pressing the committee members of the scheduling committee in the House, chaired by Representative Todd Hunter, to pass HB 562 out of committee and onto the House floor for voting. Please refer to a list of those committee members at the end of this email. 

We are pressing very hard to get a committee hearing date to be granted by Senator Huffman, but she has wholly refused to date.  Thus, we need constant messaging given to all members of the Senate committee, and particularly Senator Huffman.  Please see a list of the Senate committee members at the end of this email, as well. 

Representative Leach is specifically requesting phone calls into our Lieutenant Governor Patrick’s office whose contact info is also listed below. 

On a bit more positive note, one strategy may contemplate the measure being passed by the House and introduced on the Senate floor as a House bill, bypassing the Senate State Affairs Committee. 

Lastly, I am providing with this email sample messaging for your use in reaching out to our lawmakers listed below. 

Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick

P.O. Box 12068

Austin, TX. 78711

Comment Line: (512) 463-5342

Office Line: (512) 463-0001

LTGConstituent.Affairs@ltgov.state.tx.us

 

HOUSE SCHEDULING COMMITTEE:

Representative Todd Hunter

District 32

Committee Chairman

Capitol Room GW.5
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0672

Todd.Hunter@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Eddie Lucio, III

District 38

Committee Vice Chair

Capitol Room E1.320

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0606

(512) 463-0660 Fax

Eddie.Lucio@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Roberto Alonzo

District 104

Capitol Room 1N.12

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0408

(512) 463-1817 Fax

Roberto.Alonzo@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Byron Cook

District 8

Capitol Room GN.11

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(800) 643-7026

(512) 463-0730

(512) 463-2506 Fax

Byron.Cook@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Sarah Davis

District 134

Capitol Room E2.310

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0389

(512) 463-1374 Fax

Sarah.Davis@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Charlie Geren

District 99

Capitol Room GW.17

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0610

(512) 463-8310 Fax

Charlie.Geren@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Helen Giddings

District 109

Capitol Room GW.11

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0953

(512) 463-5887 Fax

Helen.Giddings@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Patricia Harless

District 126

Capitol Room E2.408

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0496

(512) 463-1507 Fax

Patricia.Harless@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Dan Huberty

District 127

Capitol Room E2.722

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0520

(512) 463-1606 Fax

Dan.Huberty@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Eric Johnson

District 100

Capitol Room E1.204

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0586

(512) 463-8147 Fax

Eric.Johnson@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Ken King

District 88

Capitol Room E2.416

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0736

(512) 463-0211 Fax

Ken.King@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Lyle Larson

District 122

Capitol Room E2.406

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0646

(512) 463-0893 Fax

Lyle.Larson@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Four Price

District 87

Capitol Room E2.610

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, Texas 78768

(512) 463-0470

Four.Price@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Debbie Riddle

District 150

Capitol Room 4N.7

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0572

(512) 463-1908 Fax

Debbie.Riddle@house.state.tx.us

 

Representative Eddie Rodriguez

District 51

Capitol Room 4S.6

P.O. Box 2910

Austin, TX 78768

(512) 463-0674

(512) 463-0314 Fax

Eddie.Rodriguez@house.state.tx.us

 

SENATE COMMITTEE:

Senator Joan Huffman

District 17

Committee Chairman

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, Texas 78711

(512) 463-0117

Joan.Huffman@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Rodney Ellis

District 13

Committee Vice Chair

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, Texas 78711

(512) 463-0113

(512) 463-0006 (fax)

Rodney.Ellis@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Brian Birdwell

District 22

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, Texas 78711

(512) 463-0122

(512) 475-3729 (fax)

Brian.Birdwell@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Brandon Creighton

District 4

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, Texas 78711

(512) 463-0104

Brandon.Creighton@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Craig Estes

District 30 State Capitol, Room 3E.18
P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0130
(512) 463-8874 (Fax)

Craig.Estes@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Troy Fraser

District 24

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, Texas 78711

(512) 463-0124

Troy.Fraser@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Jane Nelson

District 12

P.O. Box 12068

Capitol Station

Austin, Texas 78711

(512) 463-0112

(512) 463-0923 (Fax)

Jane.Nelson@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Charles Schwertner

District 5

P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0112
(512) 463-0923 (fax)

Charles.Schwertner@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Judith Zaffirini

District 21

P.O. Box 12068
Capitol Station
Austin, Texas 78711
(512) 463-0121

Judith.Zaffirini@senate.state.tx.us

 

Regards,

J. Christopher Byrd, Partner

Law Offices of DavisóByrd

Office: 830-249-3559

Fax: 830-214-2181

706 E. Blanco, Suite 200

P.O. Box 352

Boerne, TX 78006 


Ed. Note: SATP mistakenly referred to this proposed bill as SB 562 in the Mar. 19 True NORTH Meeting. It is HB 562.

HB 562 is a bill introduced in the House: 84th Texas Legislature.  The Senate bill introduced by Sen. Donna Campbell is SB 531.

Continue to watch this page for more information on the progress of this bill from J. Christopher Byrd, Esq. See the below information he has already shared with us!


WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP NOW!

It is time to take action so please write your state representative and senator to support HB 562.

These sample letters highlight the major components and arguments to be made.

The six letters below are great samples that can be hand-written and mailed.

Click on the links below to view the letters.

Sample 1

Sample 2

Sample 3

Sample 4

Sample 5

Sample 6

Calling your state rep/senator is also recommended. Print out the letters above and use them as talking points when speaking to the staff. Encourage them to contact Chris Byrd, Attorney, for further questions or subsequent meetings by calling the number below.

(830) 249-3559

Link to the State House website showing HB 562 updates click here

Link to the actual HB 562 bill click here

To find the address for your state rep/senator click here

Legal Talking Points download click here

FAQ ALAC download click here