Social Action

2018 United Methodist Women's

Legislative Event

Program planned and produced by Texas Impact
Join Women from Across Texas to Engage Issues That Matter
JANUARY 28-30, 2018
Austin, Texas 
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United Methodist Women’s

Legislative Agenda 2017

There are more than 100,000 members of United Methodist Women in Texas. At their annual legislative conference, UMW members from all six of Texas’ United Methodist Annual Conferences adopt a consensus legislative agenda reflecting their priority legislative concerns. United Methodist Women was established in 1865. United Methodist Women place particular emphasis on issues impacting the well-being of women, children and youth.

Texas United Methodist Women affirm the dedication of every member of the Texas Legislature. We thank you for your service to our state and we look forward to thanking you for your good work in the 85th legislative session. The following issues are key priorities for us, but they do not represent the sum of our concerns. We know that you will make decisions about vast and varied issues. We urge you to consider that everything is important because everyone is important: the decisions you make must be for the good of all people in Texas.


Prioritize Texas’ Future!

Texas United Methodist Women call on the 85th Texas Legislature to prioritize funding and policy initiatives that invest in our state’s human infrastructure—that promote health and prosperity for everyone living in Texas. In particular, we urge lawmakers to focus on the following key issues:


Prioritize Education

Fully fund a high quality public education system for all Texas kids

Reject any appropriation of public funds to nonpublic education

Ensure the safety of drinking water in every public school in Texas

Prioritize Health

Ensure access to quality, affordable health care for all Texans

Protect health care infrastructure in counties of all sizes

Increase access to preventive and other mental health services

Prioritize Children and Families

Fund child welfare programs at the level that program leaders say is needed for real improvement

Align Texas with national norms in child welfare program quality and outcomes

Invest in child abuse prevention and family preservation programs and services to reduce child welfare caseloads

Prioritize Human Dignity

Ensure Texas government does not prefer or disadvantage one faith relative to another or to no faith

Don’t co-opt local communities into federal immigration policy enforcement


For more information about United Methodist Women in Texas or this legislative agenda, contact any of the following UMW Social Action Coordinators:

Ann Muir                     972-742-3167                           North Texas Conference

Shirley Shroyer          432-213-1479                  Northwest Texas Conference

Elizabeth Jimenez    956-242-2185      Rio Texas Conference

Krystal Scott-West    409-365-7078        Texas Conference

Ellen Lipsey                432-284-0584                    New Mexico Conference

Rebecca Lucas          817-578-4156              Central Texas Conference





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