Tuesday, May 17, 2011

SB 723 Update 10-Another Day Closer To Dying

The Texas Senate is adjourned until 11 AM CDT, and Monday's session ended with good news for trans Texans concerned about the anti-trans SB 723.  

SB 723 was 'not again placed on the intent calendar'.

That means it is on the regular order of business calendar.   While that means Sen Williams (R-The Woodlands) doesn't need to have a Democratic senator help him bring it to the floor for a vote, being on the general calendar means it comes up in the order the bill cleared its senate committee.

In case you're wondering, SB 723 was 45th in line on the RO calendar and the clock is ticking toward the midnight May 20 deadline for all Senate bills to be passed and on their way to the Texas House. 

Is there a possibility that Sen. Williams could put it back on the 'intent calendar'?    That depend on how much political capital he has left to do so.  You are only allowed a certain amount of attempts per senator to place a bill on the intent calendar, and every time he tries and fails to do so, that's burning up capital for other bill of his he may be concerned about.

So keep those calls and faxes coming.   We're closing in on accomplishing something the rest of the country and probably our opponents don't think we trans Texans can do, stop an anti trans bill in a Republican dominated legislature.

Here's the full Senate contact list     Here's the one for the twelve Senate Democrats to urge them to hang together and oppose SB 723.   

These are the seven Democratic senators rumored to be waffling on the bill.   Be nice when you call or fax them and implore them to stick together and kill SB 723. 

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

Thank these Texas Democratic senators for standing up for what's fair and just for their trans constituents.

Rodney G. Ellis (512) 463-0113

Wendy Davis (512) 463-0110

Royce West (512) 463-0123

Leticia R. Van de Putte (512) 463-0126

José R. Rodríguez (512) 463-0129

Five days to go..

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