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Texas House Bill 2649: What You Can Do for Thursday

YES! Senate Substitute House Bill 2649 has been rejected in its current form. We’re not out of the woods yet, though — it’s going to go to a conference committee in the next few days, maybe even today. We need to continue calls to the members of this committee.

Here’s your to-do list for today:

  1. E-mail Texas Senator Kip Averitt a constructive, professional message with suggestions on recommended courses of action. Negative, angry, and rude messages only serve to hurt our cause.
  2. E-mail Texas Senator Bob Deuell a constructive, professional message with suggestions on recommended courses of action. Negative, angry, and rude messages only serve to hurt our cause.
  3. If you’re a Texan, contact your representative with a constructive, professional message with suggestions on recommended courses of action. Negative, angry, and rude messages only serve to hurt our cause.
  4. Make sure Governor Perry knows this bill might be coming to him and ask that he veto it. We don’t want it to slide past without signature (becoming law). Phone in your opinion to (512) 463-1782. E-mail using his contact form. Twitter to @TexGov and @GovernorPerry. Fax to (512) 463-1849.

I spoke to Ashley in Deuell’s office. They have received thousands of calls, and will probably just end up taking the amendments that reference Lighting Designers out. Don’t stop calling with that news, though! We need to call until it is dead.

Update (10:50AM MT): Travis Bedard reports that when he called Deuell’s office, a staffer reported that the Governor’s Office had called and requested the language be removed. I’m adding contacting the Governor’s office back on to today’s list, since that seems to be working! Keep it up!

Update (11:30AM MT): We need Harris County (Houston) residents to get busy calling Representative Bill Callegari at (512) 463-0528. He isn’t hearing enough out of his constituents. If you have any Houston-area contacts, please ask them to put in a call!

Update (11:55AM MT): We’re taking Rep. Smith off the list. His office has heard us loud and clear (perhaps, in some cases, a little too loudly). Remember to be nice to the staffers when you talk to them. It is not their fault this language got added. Please be a good representative for Lighting Designers everywhere.

Update (12:45AM MT): Please stop all calls to Callegari‘s office. He is now off the list. Once again, remember to be nice to the staffers when you talk to them. It is not their fault this language got added. Please be a good representative for Lighting Designers everywhere.

Update (4:20PM MT): We’re hearing news that Averitt’s office is saying the language will be removed from the bill. We’re hopeful that this is true, so we’re suggesting all phone calls stop. If you wish to contact a Texas Senator or Representative, we suggest you e-mail them a constructive, professional message with suggestions on recommended courses of action.

We’ll be updating this post throughout the day as we get any news. Please post your updates in the comments!