Friday, October 10, 2008

Texas Legislature—The Interim


The Texas Legislature adjourned May 28th 2007 and won’t reconvene until January 13th 2009. While we are entering the first weeks of Fall it may seem like the dogs day of summer at the Texas Capitol. No state laws can be passed during the interim period that we are currently in, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t work to be done.

Each legislative committee holds their own interim hearings to study issues that affect all Texans, there was a primary election last spring and there will be a general election next month, and each member is developing their own agenda for the upcoming session.

That makes it all the more critical for AHA to get our priorities on the radar of lawmakers now. We simply can’t afford to wait until the beginning or middle of the legislative session to ask for Smoke-Free air, or improved physical education; our window of opportunity is just too small. Lawmakers need to hear from us year round on the devastating impact that heart disease and stroke has on Texans.

That is why I’m asking you to send letters of support to your lawmakers today on Smoke-Free Texas and Childhood Obesity. Take action now and help set the stage for a successful 81st Legislative Session in Texas.

You’re the Cure.


Brian Bowser
American Heart Association
512.433-7169
Brian.Bowser@heart.org

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