On Monday, you can Stand With Texas Women
July 5, 2013
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Senate Bill 1 (identical to House Bill 2, which was heard by a House committee earlier this week) will be heard by the Senate Health & Human Services Committee starting at 10 a.m. in Room E1.036 of the underground Capitol extension north of the Rotunda. Witnesses will have two minutes each to talk about the bill.
I’ve asked for other hearings on this legislation around the state, and for this Capitol hearing to be held in the Senate Chamber where more people could see it. However, those in control of the Senate have set the hearing for the smaller Finance committee room, and they haven’t committed to any additional hearings – in Austin or elsewhere – after this one.
The Capitol itself will open at 7 a.m. Monday; please consider coming early to fill out a witness card. It’s anticipated that a number of people – on both sides of the issue – will be there early on Monday. You can learn more and RSVP for the event here.
You can’t speak without filling out a card – there’s no electronic sign-up system as there was for the House committee hearing earlier this week. However, you can fill out a card stating your position on the bill and specifying that you don’t wish to speak on it.
Also, witness cards cannot be handed out ahead of time or copied. And you must be physically present to turn in your card.
If you’re submitting written testimony, please bring 20 copies of it. You don’t need to bring the copies if you want only to speak on the bill, but you might want to submit them just in case you’re not able to address the committee.
Thanks very much for your concern and dedication on this issue. Thanks for standing with Texas women. And thanks for helping to ensure that the voices of Texas women and men are heard.
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