It generally takes more than one session to pass such a significant bill, and all of the work we've done this time has greased the wheels for next session. We should be very proud of how far we got HB 741 and HB 1706.
I am incredibly thankful for all of the work that everyone in our community has put into these bills. Even though the bills aren't passing this session, that work is worthwhile and important. We've raised awareness in our community and among legislators of the need for legislative support of breastfeeding mothers and babies. We pushed the bills through Calendars, and one through the House. They had unanimous support in the House Business and Industry Committee and 741 passed in the House 90-46! They are good bills and your involvement helped legislators to see that. Thank you.
I started this blog and the Facebook page (where I manage to post much more frequently - if you've been wondering what's been going on, it's all there and at TXBFLeg.com) to ask for support, and I am overwhelmed on a regular basis by just how much I've been given, and by how many friends I've made. Thank you.
I'm going to take a break, and the blog and Facebook page will slow way down this summer while I focus on my kids for awhile (and do laundry). I'll post occasionally, and will keep you apprised of what happens in June with AISD. But after that, there's much we can do over the next couple of years. I think we can get these bills through in the next session.
I encourage all of you to write your legislators (always, always, always with the utmost diplomacy, stating facts & avoiding inflammatory language) any time (every time!) you hear of or experience a NIP incident (any interference or restriction, not just being yelled at by a manager or ousted), or a lack of support to pump breastmilk at work - not just in Texas but anywhere. Because the next time a breastfeeding bill is filed, we want legislators to know this is an issue that concerns their constituents, and it's a problem that needs a legislative solution (not just a solution looking for a problem).
It's over for the moment, but we're not going anywhere, are we?
|HB 741 passing in the House |
(but it's now stuck in a Senate committee)