Friday, March 27, 2009

Safe Passing Bill Hearing Scheduled for Monday in State Senate Transportation Committee!

The 2009 Safe Passing Bill, Committee Substitute Senate Bill 488 will be heard by the Texas State Senate Committee on Transportation & Homeland Security on Monday, March 30, 2009 at 8:00 a.m. in Hearing Room E1.016 in the Capitol Extension. If you're in the Austin area, please plan to attend!

Click here for the updated text of the committee substitute bill.

What you can do for Monday's hearing.
Below are the Senators on the Transportation Committee, with their party affiliation and general district areas, who are not confirmed as supporting the bill. If you live in the district of an "unconfirmed" Senator, please call or email the office to request that he or she support CSSB 488!

Unconfirmed on Support for CSSB 488Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, Dist. 3
Joan Huffman, R-Houston, Dist. 17
Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, Dist. 8
Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, Dist. 25

Click here to identify the Texas State Senator who represents you.

If you are represented by a State Senator who serves on the Transportation Committee, please call or email your Senator to ask for their "Yes" vote. If they already support CSSB 488, thank them. If they are unconfirmed on CSSB 488, urge them to vote "Yes". Communication should be direct and frank but should always be respectful. If you are not a constituent of any of these Senators, please do not contact their offices because it creates additional unnecessary staff work. They naturally place much higher value on contact from constituents.

If you live in the Austin area or can easily travel to Austin, come to the hearing at 8:00 a.m. Please wear business attire including coat and tie for men. Even if you do not have a Senator on the committee who represents you, your presence is very important. RSVP to Mark Stine at or 512-476-7433 is appreciated. If your State Senator is not on the Transportation Committee, please do not contact them yet. Your communication will be much more effective once the Safe Passing Bill has its language finalized, passes the Transportation Committee and goes to the full Senate.