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  • Tuesday, June 20, 2017

    Texas Watch Supports the Military Consumer Protection Act

    A group of U.S. Senators are taking important steps to better protect members of the military and their families from abusive financial practices. The Military Consumer Protection Act would allow for greater enforcement of protections designed to ease financial burdens on servicemembers during periods of military service.

    Texas Watch has joined a group of national and state organizations supporting the important consumer legislation. 

Latest from Eye on Texas

  • Odessa Residents Could Soon Face Second Storm of Insurance Abuse

    Monday, June 19, 2017

    Insurance companies already have too much power, and they’re getting even more in September when a dangerous new law goes into effect. House Bill 1774 slashes penalties for property insurers that wrongfully delay storm claims, forces many insurance disputes into federal court where it takes twice as long to receive justice, and imposes additional costs on policyholders. The law guts the property rights of homeowners, business owners, churches, and schools, threatening access to justice for many.

  • Texas Watch and 80+ Organizations Stand Opposed to Bill that Limits Patient Rights

    Tuesday, June 13, 2017

    Texas Watch, along with over 80 national and state organizations, has asked the U.S. House of Representatives to reject a bill that puts road blocks in the way of justice for injured patients and their families. H.R. 1215 greatly reduces the accountability of unsafe hospitals and incompetent doctors and puts the legal rights of patients at risk. 

    Take one minute to tell your member of Congress to protect patients and preserve accountability here

  • Press Statement on Senate Approval of HB 1774, One of the Blue Tarp Bills

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    For Immediate Release

    On a vote of 21-8, the Texas Senate gave preliminary approval to HB 1774 today, one of the #BlueTarpBills. The legislation slashes the penalty for property insurers that wrongfully delay weather-related claims, forces many cases into federal court where it takes twice as long to receive justice, and adds cost and uncertainty for property owners who attempt to legally challenge insurers' decisions.

    Executive Director Ware Wendell released the following statement:

  • Protect Children. Punish Predators. Oppose the Immunity Amendment to HB 5

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    HB 5 seeks to improve the foster care system. But a dangerous immunity amendment tacked on in the Senate would give immunity to private contractors that make placement decisions. If they negligently place these children in the hands of predators, these private entities should face full accountability. Immunity only leads to danger. Keep kids safe. Oppose this immunity amendment.

  • HB 1964 Leaves Texas Tenants High and Dry

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Cheaters should never win. But tomorrow, the Texas House will debate legislation that would let cheating landlords off the hook.

    Under Texas law, landlords are not allowed to profit from water and can only pass along the actual cost of the utility to their tenants. When scamming landlords are caught hiking up these charges, tenants can band together and hold them accountable in court. There’s strength in numbers, allowing individual tenants to stand up to large, out-of- state apartment management companies. 

  • House Passes Blue Tarp Bill

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    This Friday, the Texas House voted 92 to 55 to pass HB 1774, one of the #BlueTarpBills. The passage of this legislation would provide cover for already powerful insurance companies, while gutting the rights of Texas families, businesses, churches, and schools. This vote is a blow to Texas property owners.
    But, the fight is still not over. We need you to raise your voice and help us defeat this insurance giveaway.