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Texas Members: Contact the Senate Criminal Justice Committee!

Friday, May 6, 2005

This week, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee reported out HB 225 by Representative Joe Driver (R-Garland) and Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville).  HB 225 extends the term of a renewed Concealed Handgun License (CHL) from 4 to 5 years.  The bill now moves to the Senate floor for consideration, where anti-gun Senator Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) is expected to try and amend several anti-gun provisions onto the bill.  Please contact your Senators and urge them to support HB 225 and to OPPOSE SENATOR ELLIS` amendments to the bill. 

Also, the Senate Criminal Justice Committee will consider HB 823 by Representative Terry Keel (R-Austin) and Senator Juan Hinojosa (D-McAllen) on Tuesday, May 10, at 1:30 p.m. or upon Senate adjournment in Room E1.016 of the State Capitol in Austin.  HB 823 takes important steps towards clarifying that law-abiding Texans may carry a handgun for protection in their vehicles without a CHL.  Please contact the committee members listed below and urge them to support HB 823.  

 

Senator John Whitmire, Chairman (D-Houston)

512-463-0115

john.whitmire@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Kel Seliger, Vice-Chairman (R-Amarillo)

512-463-0131

kel.seliger@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator John Carona (R-Dallas)

512-463-0116

john.carona@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa (D-McAllen)

512-463-0120

juan.hinojosa@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Steve Ogden (R-Bryan)

512-463-0105

steve.ogden@senate.state.tx.us

 

Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands)

512-463-0104

tommy.williams@senate.state.tx.us

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