Thursday, May 12, 2011

Senate Adjourns - SB 723 still on Schedule for Tomorrow

The Texas Senate has adjourned until 10 am tomorrow. SB 723, the anti trans marriage bill remains on the regular order of business for tomorrow but has been removed from the intent calendar. Unconfirmed reports indicated that staffers for five of the twelve Democratic Senators have said that their boss is opposed the bill: Leticia Van De Putte (San Antonio), Rodney Ellis (Houston), Royce West (Dallas), Wendy Davis (Fort Worth) and Jose Rodriquez (El Paso). West, Ellis and Davis' offices have confirmed their opposition, Van De Putte and Rodriquez' offices have not returned my calls.

That leaves 7 Senate Democrats who may still be on the fence. In particular Carlos Uresti's (San Antonio) office has wavered on his position, with one staffer calling bigoted SB 723 a "simple clean-up bill." Even if you have called before please do it again. If all 12 Senate Democrats oppose the bill it can not come up for a vote. We only have to keep the pressure on for a little more than a week, until May 21st, and this bill will die. The numbers of the remaining seven uncommitted offices are below.

Mario Gallegos (512) 463-0106

Kirk Watson (512) 463-0114

John Whitmire (512) 463-0115

Carlos I. Uresti (512) 463-0119

Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (512) 463-0120

Judith Zaffirini (512) 463-0121

Eduardo A. (Eddie) Lucio, Jr. (512) 463-0127

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