Friday, January 28, 2011

Day 18: Friday Call Day

Today is the 18th day of of the 82nd regular session of the Texas Legislature. The House and Senate are both adjourned until Monday.

Today is the last day of Texas Nurse Anesthetists Week at the Capitol, The Texas Society of Architects has a display in the Rotunda all day and the Texas CHIP Association will meet in the Legislative Conference Center this morning.

Meanwhile almost all of the lawmakers are back home in their district offices, which makes Fridays a great day to call those offices. For a suggested script for your call read Legislative Queery's Day 4 post. If you don't know who your state representative and senator are you can find them HERE.

I suggest calling your representative and asking them to" co-author HB 208", Rep. Roberto Alonzo's (D-Dallas) bill to prohibit insurance discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Equality Texas has an excellent fact sheet on the bill HERE. Currently this bill does not have a senate companion (a senate companion can help bills move through the process faster). Last session Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) filed the companion bill, but he hasn't yet this session. His district office number is (713) 236-0306. You can call him, thank him for his support in the past and ask that he consider re-filing the legislation.

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