HB 710, on final House Reading, failed to pass by a vote of 71-73. This is the final House vote for this bill, so this should be it for this issue. Their is an identical bill in the Senate, SB 513, by Rodney Ellis. It has not moved at all so it is probably too late for anything happening on this in the Senate. You can count on us to keep our eye on this issue until the Legislative session ends!
While you were calling and emailing people, we were outside the House Chamber here at the Capitol in Austin talking to House Members about this issue. Thanks to all the organizations and grassroots supporters for helping to contact your elected officials to get this done!!
Click Here to see how YOUR Representative voted. http://www.legis.state.tx.us/BillLookup/RecordVote.aspx?LegSess=81R&Bill=HB710&RcdVtNo=588&Ch=H&Dt=05/06/2009
If your State Representative voted against HB 710, don’t call them. Instead send him or her a personal, handwritten letter saying “Thank You!” They will greatly appreciate it.