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What has the COS Texas team been up to since the Texas legislature passed the Article V resolution on May 4, 2017? Here are a few areas where we've been busy:

We continue to interact with our legislators, developing relationships and communicating the need for a return to the Framers' vision of federalism and government of, by, and for the People. An example was our involvement in Gov. Abbott's special session in July and August.

Petition SignerWe are continuing to spread understanding of an Article V convention at events around the state, such at the recent convention of the Texas Federation of Republican Women in Dallas (photo at left). See some more photos of our booth.

We are also helping other states to build grassroots support for resolution in their state. An opportunity for this happened at the Freedom Festival in Provo, Utah. Read more in the blog post "Texas Team Goes on the Road."

We always have a need for volunteers in Texas! A couple of our current needs are for a State Legislative Liaison and a State Grassroots Coordinator, and there are also House districts that are looking for a District Captain. See the Texas Action Prompt section below for more information or click here for a more complete list of positions.

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Have you served in the armed forces? America needs you to defend the Constitution once again and join with fellow veterans in your support of the Convention of States.

Join the Texas Veterans for COS Coalitions

COS Texas currently has a need for a State Legislative Liaison, to serve as the interface between Texas legislators and the COS team. As legislative liaison, you will help educate legislators and assist the COS team in developing legislative strategies.

Apply to serve as legislative liaison

 The grassroots are the key to victory -- high numbers ensure success. So are you ready to talk to your friends about the Convention of States Project?

Join our team as a District Captain!

Our goal is to find one District Captain in every Texas state house district. The District Captain's mission is simple: find 100 people in your district willing to contact their state legislators in support of Convention of States legislation next session.

It doesn't take a huge time commitment to make a difference. Five constituent phone calls is often enough to move an issue to the top of a state legislator's priority list. In person meetings are even more effective.

Get involved today by reaching out to your state legislators. Don't know what to say?

Download talking points here.

Could you serve as a State Grassroots Coordinator to help train house district grassroots coordinators? The State GC motivates and inspires the House District Teams led by the District Captains with ideas for recruitment and activities to achieve the 100 volunteer goal for each house district.

Apply to serve as a Grassroots Coordinator

Click here to get involved!

Physicians for COS

The diagnosis is clear.

We have a growing cancer today known as the Obamacare. As a result physicians are no longer free to practice medicine.

No profession feels the full force of the federal government more than physicians. The medical profession is the most highly regulated profession in the United States. The practice of medicine is controlled, taxed, and regulated to the point of being destroyed by the heavy hand of the federal government.

Physicians are told how to bill, how much to charge, and how to treat patients. They are mandated to use expensive electronic medical records. The federally enacted HIPPA (Health Information Privacy and Portability Act) makes the communication between physicians and atients burdensome, inefficient,and expensive. Every physician is required by federal mandate to register with the government to obtain an NPI (national provider identifier.) We are required by federal law to obtain and pay for a license to prescribe medication through the DEA, which is separate from our state licensure.

This heavy hand of government not only oversees the largest federal health bureaucracy ever created, but by extension reaches into every state, every city, and every small town to regulate how every licensed physician practices the art of medicine and how citizens obtain care.

The treatment is also clear.

The prescription for a cure was written into our constitution by our founders. Article V of our constitution allows for the states to call for a convention of states to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government through the proposal of constitutional amendments. Physicians should be the strongest supporters of this brilliantly-crafted states’ rights tool placed into our constitution by our founders.

I urge my fellow American physicians to join with me in supporting an Article V Convention of States to take back control of the practice of medicine. It’s the only way that we can return the practice of medicine back to the intimate relationship between a doctor and patient without interference by the heavy hand of a distant, national government.

Jeffrey I. Barke, M.D. Family Physician Newport Beach, CA
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