Here is what I have sent the Republicans on the committee. The Dems got a slight modification.
Representative Brian McCallAs you can see, I'm not the best of letter writers. It is not the eloquence that matters, it is the letter.
Chair, House Committee on Calendars
Dear Representative McCall:
I am writing you today concerning two bills that are in the House Committee on Calendars. HB 1893, a bill relating to the carrying of concealed handguns on the campuses of institutions of higher education, and SB 730, a bill relating to an employee’s transportation and storage of certain firearms or ammunition while on certain property owned or controlled by the employee’s employer.
Both of these bills deserve an open debate and an up or down vote on the House Floor. They are very important pieces of legislation that should not be left to languish in Calendars.
As you know, SB 730 has already passed the Texas Senate. As the Senate has debated on, and voted for SB 730, the House should have that opportunity.
HB 1893 is authored and coauthored by 76 members of the Texas House. 76 of our representatives want to see this bill debated on the house floor. Calendars should not prevent this public debate followed by an up or down vote by the full House.
Your Republican constituents (along with many Democrats) want you to see these bills debated in the House. Campus Carry and Employer Parking Lot bills are so important that mention of these issues is made in the Texas Republican Party Platform:
“...We believe the Legislature should enact legislation: allowing: Concealed Handgun License holders to carry concealed weapons on publicly owned institutions of learning; and, preventing employers from prohibiting Concealed Handgun License holders from storing their concealed handgun in their vehicle while on a company parking area, and removing civil liability from property owners who do not prevent Concealed Handgun License holders from carrying on their premises."
Please send HB 1893 and SB 730 to the House.