Lt. Gov. Dewhurst announced Senate committee appointments this afternoon. The Senate Education committee this session looks much the same as it did last session but with Janek and Zaffirini rotating off and Gallegos and Selinger rotating on. Sen. Wendy Davis, who is carrying a comprehensive anti-bullying bill, remains on the Committee and Sen. Florence Shapiro remains chairwoman.
Sen. Shapiro (R-Plano) is the real key here. If she can be convinced to support Davis's Legislation it has a chance of doing very well in committee. This legislation wasn't filed in the Senate last session, so it's difficult to predict where specific senators are going to come down on the issue. Shapiro made her political bones fighting for legislation to protect children from sexual predators. She is very proud of those efforts. If she can be convinced that children also need to be protected from bullying there may be a chance for Davis's bill.
If Shapiro is your Senator please call her right now and ask her to support SB 245 (Equality Texas has an excellent fact sheet HERE) . Her Austin Office number is (512) 463-0108. Do not wait till Monday. Call now and leave a message then call again on Monday and speak with someone.
If you don't know who your State Senator is go HERE to find out.
If you know anyone who lives in the Plano area who cares about the issue of bullying please talk to them as soon as possible and ask that they call Shapiro's office. It is vital for the safety of every child in the state of Texas that she hear from as many constituents as possible as soon as possible.