Rep. Brian Harrison has formally requested that Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan issue multiple interim charges in preparation for the next legislative session.
These charges could potentially be presented to House committees, who would consider them when making recommendations for the next special session, per the Texas Scorecard.
Harrison posted a copy of the formal request sent to Phelan in a social media post, which included the following suggestions:
- Securing the border “by passing bold legislation similar to the Border Protection Unit Act and the Texas Title 42 Act.”
- Banning COVID-19 vaccine mandates for students.
- Reining in executive “emergency” powers “so a future Governor cannot abuse them.”
- Prohibiting hostile and Communist governments from purchasing Texas land.
- Protecting the Texas energy grid and reforming the energy market.
- Banning all taxpayer-funded lobbying.
- Eliminating burdensome regulations “by sunsetting any that are not reviewed every 4 years.”
- Reforming the constitutional provisions on impeachment.
- Ending ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) policies.
- Defining “woman” in statute.
- Eliminating property taxes “by requiring future surpluses be used to lower rates.”
- Banning all race-based admission, employment, and contracting policies “in public universities, private universities that accept federal money, and all government entities.”
- Strengthening Texas’ election integrity laws.
“Texas should be leading in the defense of freedom and liberty, and the Texas House needs bold leadership with a unifying agenda to protect the next generation. Unfortunately, it is lacking both,” Harrison told the Texas Scorecard. “Having led historic initiatives to cut government at the federal level, I’m proud to help lead the fight in Texas for a more free and prosperous state.”
Harrison’s call to action comes as Phelan has struggled to gain support during his 2024 re-election campaign.
A new poll conducted by the University of Texas and The Texas Politics Project found that Phelan has a 22% approval rating and a disapproval rating of 31%, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.