Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick: Statement on the Passage of Senate Bills 3, 4, 5, 8 and 12

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UPDATE: AUSTIN, Texas – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement Friday following the passage of Senate Bill 3, banning the teaching of Critical Race Theory in Texas Schools, by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola:

“Texans roundly reject ‘woke’ philosophies that espouse that one race or sex is better than another and that someone, by virtue of their race or sex, is innately racist, oppressive or sexist.

“Senate Bill 3 will make certain that critical race philosophies, including the debunked 1619 founding myth, are removed from our school curriculums statewide. Texas parents do not want their children to be taught these false ideas. Parents want their students to learn how to think critically, not be indoctrinated by the ridiculous leftist narrative that America and our Constitution are rooted in racism.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement Friday following the passage of Senate Bill 4, prohibiting the availability of abortion-inducing drugs by mail, by Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr., D-Brownsville:

“Since I was first elected to the Texas Senate, protecting life has been one of my top priorities, and I’m grateful that Gov. Greg Abbott included this critical issue on the special session call. When abortion-inducing drugs are available by mail, Texas women are put at risk from human traffickers and abusive spouses or significant others. By banning abortion-inducing drugs’ availability by mail, Senate Bill 4 strengthens Texas’ position that we are a pro-life state.

Original Story: AUSTIN, Texas – Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick issued this statement Wednesday following the passage of Senate Bill 5, by Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola:

“Freedom of speech is a God-given right, and protecting that right is a top priority for Texans. We cannot allow social media platforms – the modern-day town square – to censor the views of Texans.

“Texans, regardless of their ideology or message, have the right to take part in digital debates. Senate Bill 5 ensures that social media companies will not be able to deny Texans their right to free speech or discriminate against them because of their point of view. I thank Sen. Hughes for his leadership on this legislation to protect our fundamental rights.”

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick also issued this statement Wednesday following the unanimous passage of Senate Bills 8 and 12, by Sen. Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston:

“The two property tax relief bills the Texas Senate passed today will save Texas homeowners nearly $250 million in the 2022-2023 biennium, and over $500 million for the 2024-2025 biennium, as we continue my commitment to providing more property tax relief for Texans. I have been fighting against increasing property taxes since long before I was Lt. Governor and I am proud the Texas Senate moved to pass additional relief today.  

“Final passage of these bills into law will require the House Democrats who have fled the state to return to the House for a quorum. If they do not, these bills will die, but the Senate will pass Senate Bills 3, 4, 5, 8 and 12 over and over until the House finally has a quorum.”

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