Protecting Children

What to know: Many in the Texas media just can’t understand why parents wish to preserve childhood innocence and protect girls’ sports (and locker rooms).

The TPPF take: We must protect children—especially girls.

“Tricking our girls into thinking that they should just give up on who they are, and ‘become a boy’ instead of loving and embracing themselves, imperfections and all, undoes decades of work we have done encouraging our girls to believe that they can be anything they want to be,” says state Rep. Ellen Troxclair, writing for The Cannon Online. “The opportunity for our girls to persevere through those awkward moments and growing years is an opportunity for them to build character. We should promote their character development, not avoidance or fantasy.”

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Crisis at the Border

What to know: Republicans in the House are bogging down in their efforts to pass legislation to secure the southern U.S. border. There’s deep-seated disagreement over tactics, The Hill reports.

The TPPF take: House Republicans must fulfil their promise to secure the border.

“At the outset of the current administration in 2021, the secure border policies that were working were quickly and methodically unraveled, step by step, unleashing the current crisis,” says TPPF’s Greg Sindelar. “The new majority in the House should take the same approach, quickly and step by step, to enact legislation that will reverse the crisis.”

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Property Rights

What to know: The city of Fort Worth has adopted new regulations for short-term rentals, such as AirBnB.

The TPPF take: Cities can’t just declare normal uses of property to be nuisances without providing some evidence of harms that the city is attempting to prevent.

“Under the due process and equal protection clauses of the Texas and U.S. Constitutions, there must, at a minimum, be a rational basis for a city ordinance,” says TPPF’s Chance Weldon. “When cities eliminate or restrict well-established uses of property, court precedent gives property owners a chance to argue—based on the record—whether those restrictions are justified under the police power.”

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