I wanted to send out an update to let everyone know what's new! As we prepare for the next legislative session there is some strategy being implemented to this fight! Elliot Naishtat has said that he will sponsor this bill again in the next session, and one of the policy analysts that I know is working on securing a different legislator to sponsor a different version of this bill so that again we can have more than one shot at making some progress. I would like to ask that if any of you who have signed the petition, live in Austin, or are willing to make the trip, that you email me. I want to build supporters to come and testify at the capital when the committee meetings to hear the bills convene. I know not everyone is able to take time out of their day, and I appreciate all the assistance that you have all given so far! If you are unable to testify, then I would truly appreciate if you would share this petition with your friends and family! If you are able to testify please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so that I can put you on a list to be notified when the time approaches for the bill to be heard!
We will be trying to compromise to get the bill passed out of the committee one version is going to request a limit be placed on the ban so that instead of a lifetime ban, people would be eligible after a period of years.
The second version would ask that instead of making it all drug offenses that it would focus more on the dealers.
I personally don't like either of the compromises, however any progress would be better than none, and once we get our foot through the door we have a better opportunity to go back and push it further open! Thank you for your support!