Texas Health Freedom ALERT – Tell Your Senator To Support Texas Raw Milk Bill!

Colleagues and Friends of Texas Health Freedom,
The raw milk bill, House Bill (HB) 91, passed the Texas House with a strong bipartisan vote. Yet it seems to be stalled out in the Senate — rather than being assigned to the Health and Human Services Committee as expected, it hasn’t been sent to any committee.

We need your help to keep HB 91 moving, so that Texans can buy raw milk at farmers’ markets and through home delivery!

FACTS ABOUT HB 91
(Courtesy of our allies at the Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance)
HB 91, by Representative Dan Flynn, would legalize the sale of raw milk by licensed farmers directly to consumers at farmers markets, and allow farmers and consumers to agree to delivery arrangements.
- Raw milk is already legal in Texas, but the regulations restrict sales to on-the-farm only. This marketing restriction burdens both farmers and consumers.
- Only 6 illnesses have been reported linked to raw milk in Texas in the last 17 years, out of an estimated ¾ million Texans who drink raw milk
- Texas Grade A Raw for Retail dairies IS subject to regulations that meet or exceed all regulatory standards for pasteurized milk.
- HB 91 simply allows licensed farmers to sell raw milk at farmers’ markets and through delivery arrangements. Sales are limited to direct farm-to-consumer and will NOT be allowed in grocery stores.
- HB 91 improves the safety of raw dairy by allowing producers to transport it to consumers under safe conditions, rather than relying on consumers to remember to take coolers and ice.
- HB 91 benefits rural economies because direct farm-to-consumer sales of raw milk can mean the difference between a net loss on the farm and a reasonable income for the farm family.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP
1. Call your State Senator to urge him or her to support HB 91 by getting it assigned to a committee for hearing. You can find out who your Texas State Senator is by filling in “Who Represents Me?” at the top left of this home page. Scroll down to Texas State Senator (NOT US Senator!). Call their capitol office (Austin, area code 512).
2. When you call, tell the staffer who answers the phone something like this: “Hi, my name is ____, and I am a constituent of Senator (your state senator’s last name). I am calling to him/her to support HB 91, the raw milk bill, by asking that it be assigned to a committee for a hearing.”
3. Call Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, President of the Texas Senate, and urge him to move HB 91 forward as quickly as possible by assigning it to a committee for a hearing. The phone number is 512-463-0001. You may modify the message above for this call also.
4. Call the Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee, Senator Charles Schwertner, and urge him to support HB 91 and set it for a hearing as quickly as possible. The committee’s phone number is 512-463-0360.

Please take action today!

Thanks for your support of Texas Health Freedom,

Your Coalition Executive Committee

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Texas Health Freedom ALERT – NO Hearing for SB 538 Tomorrow!

Colleagues and Friends of Texas Health Freedom,
BREAKING NEWS:
We have just confirmed through the House Public Health Committee office, the House Public Health Chair’s office, and the office of a (friendly) member of the House Public Health Committee that SB 538 has been pulled from the agenda for tomorrow’s hearing. If you were planning on attending the hearing, thank you, but YOU DO NOT HAVE TO ATTEND. There will be no hearing on SB 538 this week.

We asked each of the three offices why the bill was pulled. The former two offices gave no reason, but the latter surmised that a combination of massive grass roots opposition and opposition from within the committee were the reasons. In other words, YOU made a difference. Congratulations!

While there is reason to celebrate, we’re not out of the woods yet. Even if there is ultimately no hearing on SB 538, a House member can file an amendment to another bill to add SB 538′s language. We have to ensure that doesn’t happen.

HERE’S HOW YOU CAN HELP
Call your Texas State Representative (contact information available at “Who Represents Me?” in the upper left corner of this home page). Tell the staff member who answers the phone something like this: “I am a constituent of Rep. (your state rep’s last name). I’m aware that the House Public Health Committee hearing for SB 538, the infectious disease control bill, has been cancelled. I want Rep. (your state rep’s last name) to keep a close watch the remainder of this session to ensure that SB 538 language is not amended to another bill.” That’s all you need to say!

Thanks for your support of Texas Health Freedom,

Your Coalition Executive Committee

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Texas Health Freedom ALERT – Oppose SB 538 In The Texas House!

Colleagues and Friends of Texas Health Freedom,
Senate Bill (SB) 538, the infectious disease control bill with involuntary incarceration provisions, has reared its ugly head again. It was passed in the Texas Senate, with several objectionable provisions, and assigned to the House for consideration on March 31st.
Yesterday, it was assigned to the Texas House Public Health Committee for initial hearing, and today it was scheduled for a hearing on Tuesday, May 12th. If passed in committee, it will go to the entire House for a vote.

Why We Object
We have posted our point paper on SB 538, which outlines our objections to this deeply flawed bill, in the Pages section to the left (titled “Point Paper On SB 538″). In short, SB 538 opens the door to allowing the state of Texas to abrogate our right to bodily integrity, as guaranteed by the 9th Amendment to the US Constitution, and to do with our bodies what it pleases. The results down the road could be nothing short of catastrophic.

What You Can Do To Help
Please contact your Texas State Representative (NOT member of the US Congress!) and tell them to contact their colleagues on the House Public Health Committee and ask them to vote NO on this bill. Here are the steps to follow:
1. To find out who your Texas State Representative is, fill in the blanks in the “Who Represents Me?” block in the upper left corner of this home page. Scroll down to Texas State Representative, and call their capitol office (Austin, area code 512).
2. When a staff member answers the phone, you can say something like this: “Hello, I am (your name) and a constituent of Rep. (your rep’s last name). I am calling to ask Rep. (your rep’s last name) to ask their colleagues on the House Public Health Committee to oppose SB 538, the infectious disease control bill, which will be heard in Public Health on Tuesday, May 12th. SB 538 allows the state of Texas to seriously violate some of our most basic rights, and needs to be defeated in committee.” You can also tell them you have a point paper on the bill available (you can download it from this site) and offer to email it to the staff member handling the bill for your representative.
3. Pass this on to as many of your fellow Texans as you know, and ask them to do the same.
4. Keep an eye out for the time of the hearing next Tuesday via an upcoming Texas health freedom alert, and plan on attending the hearing to oppose SB 538.

This is the most serious threat to Texas health freedom that we have ever encountered. Please do your part and help oppose this bill. Please act today!

Thanks for your support of Texas Health Freedom,

Your Coalition Executive Committee

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