Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Session Update: Advocacy in Action


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The Texas Legislature is in full swing with committees at work addressing thousands of pieces of legislation. There are less than 90 days left in this session and we need your continued support if we want to build healthier lives free of heart disease and stroke.

Here is an update on the issues we have been working on:

Smoke-Free Texas -- HB 5/SB 544

What it Does: Will eliminate secondhand smoke in all workplaces in the state.

Where the Bill Is: It has been referred to committees in both chambers and we are awaiting a public hearing.

What can I do? Take action today and tell your lawmakers to vote YES to smoke-free Texas.

Strengthening Physical Education Texas -- SB 891

What it Does: Defines physical education in Texas so all students receive quality PE courses.

Where the Bill Is: It is awaiting a hearing in the Senate Public Education committee.

What can I do? Take action today and tell your Senator to vote Yes to strengthening PE standards in Texas.

Funding for the Future

The American Heart Association is also seeking close to $15 million dollars in new funding for various cardiovascular disease and stroke programs. These programs range from the Texas Stroke Act and the Texas Rural Emergency Dispatch program to tobacco prevention programs and obesity awareness and initiatives.

Funding these various initiatives would reduce the number of deaths related to cardiovascular disease and stroke and provide for a healthier Texas. Currently both the House and Senate are considering these budget request and AHA volunteers and staff are advocating for the funding of these initiatives.

With your help we can continue to make an impact in the fight against heart disease and stroke in Texas. Please take action on the issues above and stay tuned for more on AHA's efforts at the Capitol.

P.S. Be sure to sign up for You're the Cure at www.YouretheCure.org for email alerts on these issues.

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