Center for School Behavioral Health Advocacy Task Force Legislative Update - 3.22.17

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

Advocacy Task Force Conference Call

Please join us on Thursday, March 23rd from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm for our monthly Advocacy Task Force meeting.  We will update Task Force members on bill progress and discuss next steps. To call in, dial 866-423-8755 and enter the code 457893# when prompted. We look forward to talking with you Thursday!

BREAKING NEWS: HB 2623 (Allen) HAS BEEN REFERRED TO COMMITTEE!

We are thrilled to announce that HB 2623 (Allen), relating to requiring school districts to assist students in making the transition back to school after certain prolonged placements outside of school, has been referred to the House Public Education Committee!

The Public Education committee is chaired by Houston State Representative Dan Huberty and includes Houston-area Representatives Alma Allen, Harold Dutton, Jr., and Representative Dwyane Bohac.

Please call your Houston Representatives on the Public Education Committee and ask that they set a hearing date for this bill. The more support they hear, the better our chance of getting a hearing scheduled as soon as possible.

State Representative Dan Huberty: (512) 463-0520

State Representative Alma Allen: (512) 463-0744

State Representative Harold Dutton, Jr.: (512) 463-0510

State Representative Dwayne Bohac: (512) 463-0727

We ask that you take ten minutes of your day to call the four Representatives from Houston on the Public Education committee and then ask two of your friends to do the same. We will share this information on our Facebook page as well for you to share with your networks. 

Here is a sample script to use for your calls:

Hello, my name is ________. I am calling Representative _______ because I want to make sure that House Bill 2623 (Allen) gets a hearing scheduled in the PUBLIC EDUCATION COMMITTEE.  I support this bill and the positive impact it will have on mental health in education in the state of Texas and encourage Representative ______ to do so as well. Thank you very much!

While we still need support for HB 3853 and HB 3887, until those are referred to a committee, we will focus the Advocacy Task Force’s attention on getting a hearing for HB 2623 scheduled.

THANK YOU!

P.S. While you’re making calls, call your local State Representative to express support for House Bill 2623 (Allen), as well! While your local Representative may not be a member of House Public Education, his or her voice matters!  As a constituent, your opinion matters, too! Ask them to use their influence with their colleagues on the Public Education Committee to make sure House Bill 2623 (Allen) gets a hearing! Better yet, ask them to “Joint Author” the bill!  To find your Representative, click here: http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/find-your-representative/

HAVE ANY FUN STORIES FROM YOUR CALLS? TAKE ANY GREAT PICTURES OF YOU OR YOUR FRIENDS TALKING TO LEGISLATIVE OFFICES? SHARE THEM WITH US ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE WITH THE HASHTAG #HB2623 #TXLEGE