Appropriations Bill Negatively Impacts Youth Shooting and Scholarships
Houston, Tx –-(Ammoland.com)- We need your help with calls and email!
Beginning in 2003, TSRA members have purchased Texas State Rifle Association vanity license plates. We are one of 100 non-profit groups such as Boy Scouts of America, Ducks Unlimited, Gold Star Mothers, YMCA, and other non-profits participating in a vanity plate program.
The Texas Department of Transportation issues the plate, and receives the $35 fee. The cost reimbursed to TxDoT is $13, leaving $22 to be allocated. The allocation of the remaining funds is spelled out in legislation, passed by TSRA during the 2003 legislative session. TSRA's allocation is split between a permanent scholarship at Texas A&M for competitive shooters and 4-H Shooting Sports, part of the County Extension Service also headquartered and part of Texas A&M. The revenues involved are approximately $28,000 a biennium. Not a large amount but a very necessary revenue stream.
Every two years, during the legislative appropriations process the vanity plates are vulnerable to change as the State views the “income” from these plates as tax money. The current House version of the Appropriations Bill would sweep 50% from all the vanity plates into a restricted fund within General Revenue, cutting in half the charitable donation TSRA members have made to education and to the support entry level shooters and competitors through 4-H Shooting Sports. This comes at a time when college tuition is on the increase and youth programs are being cut. By the way, 4-H Shooting Sports continues to be a growing program and a huge success.
The Senate version of the appropriations bill does not dip into the vanity plate funds. Remember this money only exists because TSRA promotes our plate to our membership.
HB 1-the House Version Hurts Texans, including TSRA members by taking fifty percent of the revenue, essentially taxing your charitable contributions to a scholarship program and to 4-H Shooting Sports.
HB 1- the Senate Version Helps Texans, by leaving these funds accessible to be used as intended.
The message to House and Senate conferees should be:
“Please support HB 1, the Senate version, Sec. 13.07 Appropriation of Specialty License Plate Receipts.
Please do not touch the small but important revenues from these vanity license plates! Thank you.”
List of House and Senate Conference Committee Members Please contact them all!
House Conference Committee Members
Rep. Jim Pitts (R-Waxahachie) 512-463-0516
Rep. Sylvester Turner (D-Houston) 512-0554
Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) 512-463-0657
Rep. Myra Crownover (R-Denton) 512-463-0582
Rep. John Otto (R-Dayton) 512-463-0570
Senate Conference Committee Members
Sen. Steve Ogden (R-Bryan) 512-463-0105
Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) 512-463-0112
Sen. Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands) 512-463-0104
Sen. Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock) 512-463-0128
Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen) 512-463-0120
Join, renew, or upgrade your TSRA membership today at www.tsra.com or call 512-615-4200. Our power in Austin comes directly from our members. We need your help.
Keep the FaithSincerely, Alice Tripp
Texas State Rifle Association
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