The work days at the Texas Capitol are getting longer and bills are moving more quickly. CASA Legislative Advocacy Teams (LATs) are making their voices heard in the legislative process by emailing and meeting with their legislators, and testifying before committees that are hearing bills that relate to CASA. If, as they say, all politics is local – CASA and the 10,856 volunteers across the state are well-positioned to speak out on legislation that affects the welfare of children.
Texas CASA is grateful for the efforts of the LATs in reaching out to members on important legislation. LATs who are represented by legislators on key committees have been receiving Action Alerts on specific issues including CASA Champion Bills and funding – sometimes with very tight turnaround times. This last week, LATs sent emails to the House Calendars Committee to ask them to post House Bill 1702 for a hearing in the full House – and it was posted this week!
We are also so grateful to those LATs who have been able to travel to Austin during session to meet with their legislators and testify on bills. Child Advocates of Fort Bend was in Austin to testify on HB 4200 in the House Committee on Criminal Justice, and was present to be recognized as both the House and the Senate presented resolutions honoring April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Volunteers from CASA of Travis County provided expert testimony in the House Human Services Committee on two other occasions.
And, of course, our hardworking Public Policy team is at the Capitol nearly every day working with legislators and staff to improve services and supports for children in the child welfare system.
If you are curious about the progress of a particular piece of legislation, check out the Bill Tracker on the Texas CASA website.
If you have questions about anything related to the legislature, email the Public Policy team at [email]firstname.lastname@example.org[/email].