Sunday, October 10, 2010

Anti-Bullying Legislation in Texas Part III

Be sure to read Part I and Part II

What can be done to insure that anti-bullying legislation passes in 2011?

Rep. Strama is expected to re-file HB 1323 (which will then get a new number), but he needs to be pressured to file it earlier, preferably in November. The earlier a bill is filed the earlier it gets referred to committee and the earlier the process can start. If you would like to contact Rep. Strama and ask that he file the bill earlier this time you can call his office at (512) 463-0821 or e-mail him at

The Chair of the Public Education Committee needs to be pressured to schedule the hearing for the bill as soon as possible. It is possible that the House may have a new Speaker next session, which will likely mean a new committee chair, and even if the same Speaker remains in power the chair may change. As soon as that person is named anyone who supports anti-bullying legislation needs to contact them and start asking that this legislation is scheduled for a hearing as soon as possible.

A State Senator needs to be found who is willing to carry the legislation in the Senate. Maybe your Senator will? If you don't know who your Senator is you can find out here: Even if they are not willing to carry the legislation it is good for them to know that they have constituents that support it.

In the end it comes down to that 140 days. 140 days to improve the lives of every student in Texas. That's not a lot of time. We must start now if we are going to give the next Asher Brown the support they need.

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