At Texas Action we are committed to providing legislators with vote recommendations based on our analysis of legislation viewed through the lens of liberty. While our Liberty Principles do not exhaustively define liberty, they encapsulate its essence in five major categories; free markets, individual liberty, personal responsibility, private property rights, and limited government. Based on these categories we offer the following vote recommendations:
We recommend that legislators vote in favor of bills that substantially align with the liberty principles relevant to that particular legislation.
VOTE YES: AMEND
YES: AMEND means that the underlying legislation substantially aligns with the relevant liberty principles but that it could benefit from a strengthening or clarifying amendment. In this case our support of the overall legislation is not contingent on the recommended amendment(s) being adopted.
We reserve a neutral recommendation for those rare situations when a bill does not fit neatly with any of our liberty principles or which, after careful evaluation, is in alignment with some Liberty Principles but out of alignment with others. Because we recognize that a neutral recommendation is not particularly helpful, we will reserve this recommendation for very rare circumstances.
We recommend that legislators oppose bills that substantially violate the liberty principles relevant to that particular legislation.
VOTE NO: AMEND
NO: AMEND means that the underlying legislation substantially violates our liberty principles but that with specific amendments it might be made palatable. If the legislature adopts our recommended amendment(s), we may re-evaluate and recommend YES on final passage of the bill as amended.