The Texas Democratic Party State Executive Committee may put non-binding referenda on the March 4, 2013 Texas Democratic Primary Election ballot.
The committee is soliciting input on the issues to be added by having people vote on the issues you think should be on he ballot. You can vote for as many as you see fit!
REFERENDA ITEM # 1 ON A LIVING WAGE FOR ALL TEXANS The Texas Legislature should raise the state minimum wage to a livable wage and Congress should pass legislation raising the federal minimum wage to 110% of the federal poverty level for a family of four without exception.
REFERENDA ITEM # 2 ON MEDICAID EXPANSION The Governor and the Texas Legislature should accept federal funds; as provided in the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act of 2010; for the expansion of Medicaid to provide coverage to millions of uninsured and underinsured Texans.
REFERENDA ITEM # 3 ON THE TEXAS DREAM ACT The Legislature should allow any Texas high school student; who has lived in the state for at least three years and lived here continuously for the last year; be eligible for in-state tuition for higher education and be able to earn legal status through a higher education or military service.
REFERENDA ITEM # 4 ON FAIR PAY The United State Senate and House of Representatives should pass the Paycheck Fairness Act to ensure that women lawfully receive equal pay for equal work and grant legal redress over gender based pay discrimination.
REFERENDA ITEM # 5 ON REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS The Texas Legislature should repeal all legislation prohibiting women; in consultation with their doctors; from making their own health care decisions and affirm that the access to reproductive and contraceptive care cannot be abridged by an employer for any reason and must be free of harassment and discrimination.
REFERENDA ITEM # 6 ON COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION The Texas Legislature should fund targeted efforts to reduce Texas' high teen pregnancy rates; through the provision of evidence-based; accurate and effective; comprehensive age-appropriate sex education programs with an abstinence and contraception component.
REFERENDA ITEM # 7 ON NON-DISCRIMINATION LEGISLATION The Texas Legislature should adopt legislation that expands protections against discriminations in employment; housing; and public accommodations based upon sexual orientation and gender identity.
REFERENDA ITEM # 8 ON MARRIAGE EQUALITY The Texas Legislature should allow for the repeal the Texas Marriage Constitutional Amendment and discriminatory marriage laws and grant the right of marriage equality to all Texans.
REFERENDA ITEM # 9 ON IMMIGRATION REFORM The United States Congress must pass immigration reform; including an earned path to citizenship for those individuals contributing to the economy and the dependents of those individuals.
REFERENDA ITEM # 10 ON REVERSAL OF CITIZENS UNITED The Congress of the United States shall pass a constitutional amendment that establishes that money is not speech; and can thus be regulated; and that corporations are not people.
REFERENDA ITEM # 11 ON GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE The Texas Legislature must encourage the use of alternative forms of energy and encourage environmentally-friendly energy resources and speed development of energy-efficient technology; vehicles; appliances and green buildings.
REFERENDA ITEM # 12 ON VETERANS The Texas Legislature should advocate for veterans; including programs to assist veterans find meaningful employment and ensure benefits; including education and medical care; worthy of their sacrifices.
REFERENDA ITEM # 13 ON BUY AMERICAN The Office of the Governor should reconsider its stance on and veto of the 'Buy American Act;' recognizing the importance of Texan made goods to the Texan economy; and not bend to the whims of international business conglomerates producing inferior products overseas with poorly paid labor.
REFERENDA ITEM # 14 ON BROADBAND ACCESS The Legislature should enable usable; affordable; high speed internet for every family across Texas; allowing all to participate in the twenty-first century's technology-based economy and providing every child the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to compete in the competitive global environment.
REFERENDA ITEM # 15 ON TEXAS ENTERPRISE FUND The Texas Legislature should implement oversight for the Enterprise Fund; halting the flow of taxpayer money to some of the largest; most profitable companies in the world as favors to political donors of elected officials.
REFERENDA ITEM # 16 ON STATEWIDE TRANSPORTATION The Texas Legislature should ensure that safe; efficient transportation throughout the state is a priority - especially in rural areas - appropriating sufficient funds to maintain paved roads that allow the state's products to flow across them efficiently and quickly.
REFERENDA ITEM # 17 ON EDUCATION The Texas Legislature and Office of the Governor must realize that public education is a right to be enjoyed by all students; not a privileged few; and ensure that funding levels are sufficient so that every student has access to the highest quality teachers; facilities; and supplies.
REFERENDA ITEM # 18 ON REDISTRICTING The Texas Legislature should adopt fair political boundaries – respecting the notion of one citizen; one vote – while providing opportunities to minority candidates and voters to have their opinions valued and heard.
REFERENDA ITEM# 19 ON UNIONS The Texas Legislature should allow for workers; including public sector employees; to have the rights to collective bargaining and unionization; providing them with an important voice over workplace issues affecting their quality of life.