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Give testimony on special education

The House Public Education Committee is holding two interim hearings on Monday, July 25 (view the hearing notice) and Tuesday, July 26 (view the hearing notice). Each notice includes the topics to be addressed on that day.

There are two ways to give testimony:

  1. In person, at the hearing. If you are giving testimony at the hearing, your written testimony and handouts must be received by July 20. Email them to the Committee clerk, Ms. Tamoria Jones, at tamoria.jones_hc@house.texas.gov.
  2. Submit comments electronically for either hearing through the Committee's online comment form. You have until the hearing is adjourned to submit your comments electronically.

To submit your comments electronically:a

  1. Go to the House Public Comment form.
  2. On the form, you'll be prompted to check an acknowledgement box and input your contact information.
  3. Under "Bills and Topics," select the area you want to comment on.
  4. Input your comments. Note the 3,000 character limit. Unsure of what to say? We have a draft of comments you can copy and edit below the TAKE ACTION button.
  5. Don't forget to click submit!

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Tips for calling or emailing a legislator

  1. Be sure to say in your communication if you are a constituent of a particular committee member (look up your reps).
  2. Real life stories are great! If you have a personal story related to an issue, briefly tell it. Examples: “My daughter has been on the waiting list for ____ years.”  “My family member has a hard time getting an attendant to work on Medicaid wages.”
  3. If applicable, tell your legislator what IS working, not just what you want to change. Tell them what you appreciate and want to keep about a program or law.
  4. Network with other advocates to stay informed and motivated.
  5. If you have them, use attention-getting statistics.

What happens when you email or call a legislator?

When you write an email, you may not get an answer. If you call and talk to a legislative office, the staffer may take your name and why you call. As a result, you may feel your voice was not heard. This is not the case. Staff tracks communications like the number of emails, phone calls, and letters on an issue. This will be shared with the legislator and can often influence her or him. Every legislative session, there are bills passed that were unexpected—and in many cases that was the result of emails and phone calls. In 2021, as in-person office visits are expected to be dramatically decreased, calls and emails will be critical communication channels to your elected representatives!

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