The members of the Criminal Jurisprudence Committee who object strongly to this bill are listed above, with links to their contact info.
Calls to these offices may prove to be frustrating, but please remain calm until you hang up. Then you can scream.
Of the eleven members of this committee, the three above most staunchly object to the passage of this bill. They’re not even making a final decision. The committee only decides whether the bill is appropriate to put to a full vote by the House.
Any bill that’s passage would re-appropriate $500M [1/2 Billion] in Texas tax dollars is more than appropriate in a time when our economy is at an all-time low.
We, as a people, have already pretty much accepted the fact that marijuana is not the evil that it has been portrayed to us by our government. So why is it taking the government so long to inform themselves?
Each of the eleven offices of committee members was contacted this morning regarding the bill.
One staffer for Rep. Debbie Riddle stated that he was not sure whether Rep. Riddle would be basing her decision on this bill on factual information that had been shared with her office, or preconceived notions and fixed ideas she has held since childhood. When asked whether 20,000 calls made from District 150 could sway her vote, the staffer could not say.
We’re pretty sure which way she’s leaning… 🙁 <—Do you live in District 150?
A young man in Rep. Robert Miklos’ office told us that no matter how many of his constituents contacted him regarding the bill, the representative’s vote would not sway. Do you live in District 101? If so, your rep does not care how you feel.
Allen Fletcher’s office quoted him as being “against reducing the penalty for something that is already illegal.” I’m not exactly sure that makes a lot of sense, but neither did his question to one man after his testimony during the committee hearing.
“Did your son know it was illegal to possess MARIJUANA?!” Allen then blatantly ignored the man’s response to the question, flaunting his ignorance to the audience.
Pete Gallego is the chair of this committee, and he has the ability to call this to a vote, but has not as of yet. Mr Gallego seems to be a level headed guy and was receptive to testimony offered during the hearing.
Contact him here to ask for this bill to be called to a vote:
Room 4N.9, Capitol Building
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 236-9408 Fax
Some of the reps have said that the bill was not pushed enough by its author, Rep Harold Dutton.
Contact Rep. Dutton to let him know you are interested in having the bill voted on.
Room 3N.5, Capitol Building
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-8333 Fax
There is very little time left to talk sense into these people.
So go ahead and get to it. You’ve got calls to make.