Religious liberty, limiting federal power among Lt. Gov.’s priorities

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (Nexstar Photo)
Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (Nexstar Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A commitment to life, liberty and conservative government promoting prosperity. It’s the basis of Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s five additional pieces of legislation that will get high priority in the 2017 legislative session.

The five bills include Senate Bill 21, “Convention of States,” which calls for limits to the power of the federal government. SB-23, E-Verify, will continue the efforts of the legislature in the electronic verification of employment authorization, making sure employees of state partners are authorized to work.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says the Religion Liberty Sermon Safeguard, in SB 24, aims to ensure First Amendment religious liberty by protecting pastors “from forced testimony and shielding sermons from government subpoena power.”

The issue of wrongful birth lawsuits and targeting workforce-ready partnerships between K-12 round out the lieutenant governor’s top 5 priorities.

“These bills reflect the agenda that a majority of Texans elected me to push forward,” Patrick said. “They reflect our Texas values including life, liberty and a principled conservative government. These tenets will maintain our strong economy and make us a strong global competitor.”

Patrick says he has an additional five priorities that he will release soon. The lieutenant governor has already announced 20 pieces of legislation that will get high priority, including protective vests for police, ensuring taxpayer funds are not used in union dues and prohibiting abortion insurance coverage. The top 10, released Nov. 14, include school choice, property tax reform, photo voter ID, inappropriate teacher-student relationships and sanctuary cities. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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