West Gulf Division Reminder HB 939 Legislative Alert May 2015 (Texas)

arrl_logo_typeDate:  Tue, 5 May 2015 23:30:12 -0400 (EDT) HB 939 — Thank You For Calling/Faxing Your State Representative But, More Calls & Faxes Need To Be Made

HB 939 is still scheduled to be voted on by the Texas House of Representatives on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

We have a very, very good chance of passing this Bill — IF we have the same effort that everyone made on the cell phone bills. John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, West Gulf Vice Director and his XYL, Mary, visited the Capitol today to speak to each Representative to personally ask them to vote for HB 939. A lot of State Representatives and their staffs commented that they had been called and/or faxed by Hams, asking them to vote for HB 939 — they were impressed. But, many of you have not yet called or faxed your State Representative. We need you to do so. The ARRL cannot pass legislation beneficial to Ham Radio — or defeat legislation that hurts Ham Radio — unless you help us. For those who did not call or fax, we really, really need you to do so on Wednesday. You may determine who is your State Representative — and their fax and telephone numbers — by going to this link and inserting your zip code or your zip code and your address: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/find-your-representative/

Please DO NOT CALL OR FAX STATE REPRESENTATIVES TONY DALE, RENE OLIVEIRA OR MATT SCHAEFER. These Gentlemen are our Sponsors — they don’t need to be convinced.

DO NOT EMAIL — the ONLY effective contact methods are either faxes or telephone calls. Whether you contact your Representative by phone or fax: BE POLITE – ALWAYS — elected Representatives and their staff are not our enemies. They want to hear from their constituents — the people who vote for them — about Bills their constituents want passed. Some staff members may ask where you are from or for your telephone number – it is ok to tell them – it makes you “real” and convinces them you are not a phony caller. If you call or fax and their telephone numbers are busy – that is good news, because it means other Hams are calling. KEEP CALLING OR FAXING UNTIL YOU GET THROUGH. IF YOU SEND A FAX: We suggest the following language: ___________________________________ Dear State Representative XXXX: My name is YYYYY. I am licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as an Amateur Radio Operator. Please VOTE FOR HB 939, without amendments. HB 939 is set on the House General State Calendars for Thursday, May 7, 2015. HB 939 permits Texas homeowners to install modern, safe, quiet standby electric generators to protect their families during electrical power outages. Thank you for your vote for HB 939. Signed YYYYY _________________________________________________________ IF YOU CALL: Please tell the staff person to whom you speak (you will not be able to speak to the Representative, because he or she will be in hearings): (1) Your name is YYYYY (2) You are an Amateur Radio Operator (3) You are asking Rep. XXXX to VOTE FOR HB 939, without amendments — it is scheduled to heard by the House on Thursday, May 7, 2015 (4) HB 939 permits Texas homeowners to install modern, safe, quiet standby electric generators to protect their families during power outages (5) Thank the Representative for his vote for HB 939. (6) Say Goodbye and terminate the call. Thanks. David Woolweaver K5RAV, West Gulf Division Director John Robert Stratton N5AUS, West Gulf Division Vice-Director ARRL National Association of Amateur Radio ——————————————————————– ARRL West Gulf Division Director: David A Woolweaver, K5RAV k5rav@arrl.org


One Response

  1. N5NTG Says:

    Update: The bill did pass the House of Representatives and has been moved up to the Senate’s committee for processing.

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