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Safe Passing Bill at Risk!

April 8, 2009

Our partners at Bike Texas and their supporters have been working relentlessly at the Capitol, on the Safe Passing Bill. After unanimous committee support this bill bypassed the Calendars Committee and moved to the Senate floor yesterday giving us great hope for passage this year. Unfortunately Senator Dan Patrick, the controversial, conservative radio show host from Houston, raised numerous questions putting the bill at risk. In order to save this bill, Senator Rodney Ellis withdrew the bill in order to respond to Senator Patrick’s concerns. If you haven’t joined Bike Texas, join now. Bicycle Sport Shop is selling premium memberships at a discounted price. More members speak louder to these Representatives who make our laws. And these laws improve cycling for all of us. Contact your Senators, Join Bike Texas, and improve cycling for all.

Today, Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) introduced the 2009 Safe Passing Bill (CSSB 488 / CSHB 827) on the floor of the Texas State Senate.

In a dialogue with Senator Ellis, Senator Dan Patrick (R-Houston) raised concerns about several aspects of the bill. Senator Ellis chose to withdraw the bill, pending additional discussion this evening with Senator Patrick to address these concerns.

BikeTexas had provided bill language and other information to all Senators’ offices since the start of the session and had not been made aware of any concerns by Senator Patrick. BikeTexas staff are now preparing additional documents to submit to the offices of Senators Patrick and Ellis in preparation for tomorrow’s session.

What you can do:

Please contact your State Senator no later that 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, April 8th!

Click here to find your senator, then:

If you live in the district of an “Unconfirmed” Senator, including Senator Patrick: Call or email his office immediately to ask him to support Safe Passing. The list of senators is below.
If you live in the district of a “Supporting” senator: Call or email his or her office immediately to express your thanks for his or her support for Safe Passing. The list of senators is below.
As always, please be sure to be polite and professional in your communications, whether your legislator supports or opposes CSSB 488.

Kip Averitt (R-Waco), Dist. 22
Craig Estes (R-Wichita Falls), Dist. 30
Troy Fraser (R-Horseshoe Bay), Dist. 24
Chris Harris (R-Arlington), Dist. 9
Glenn Hegar (R-Katy), Dist. 18
Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-Mission), Dist. 20
Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), Dist. 3
Steve Ogden (R-Bryan), Dist. 5
Dan Patrick (R-Houston), Dist. 7

Support Safe Passing
John Carona (R-Dallas), Dist. 16
Wendy Davis (D-Fort Worth), Dist. 10
Robert Deuell (R-Greenville), Dist. 2
Robert Duncan (R-Lubbock), Dist. 28
Rodney Ellis (D-Houston), Dist. 13
Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler), Dist. 1
Mario Gallegos (D-Houston), Dist. 5
Joan Huffman (R-Houston), Dist. 17
Mike Jackson (R-La Porte), Dist. 11
Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville), Dist. 27
Jane Nelson (R-Lewisville), Dist. 12
Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo), Dist. 31
Florence Shapiro (R-Plano), Dist. 8
Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso), Dist. 29
Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio), Dist. 19
Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio), Dist. 26
Kirk Watson (D-Austin), Dist. 14
Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio), Dist. 25
Royce West (D-Dallas), Dist. 23
John Whitmire (D-Houston), Dist. 15
Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands), Dist. 3
Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), Dist. 21Unconfirmed


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