The Speaker of the House is working on the committee appointments but it will be a couple of weeks before we will know who is on the Insurance Committee in the House. I hope we know before February 12 when we go to Austin for our Legislative Breakfast.
I will be in Austin Wednesday Jan. 23, that's the day everybody comes back from being off for the Presidential activities in Washington to go see the members of the Business and Commerce Committee and invite them to the Feb. 12 Breakfast. I will pass out the flyer that I received that they will be receiving from Jim Quinten of APSA.
It is now very important that ALL BODY SHOP owners, managers and employees get to know their representatives especially if they are on the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. We have at least two weeks to visit their district office before we will have to do the same for the House Members on the Insurance Committee when they are appointed.
All you have to do is go to Texas Legislature Online, you can find your representative by putting in your address, remember to do your home address and your business. You can also look up the committee members to see if they are also your representative. When you go visit their office, drop a business card and get one of theirs, let them know that you have a business and/ or home in their district or you work for a business in their district. When we go to Austin for the Legislative Breakfast make it a point to go by their office, give them a card and ask who handles their vehicle insurance issues so when we need help on a bill you will be able to contact that person in the office unless you are able to talk directly to the Representative if we have an issue with a bill.
Don't wait because it will be too late, do it now so we will be in their face when we need to be, the insurance companies are already there because of the unlimited funds that they paid during the election cycle, we need to get our part of the action by being a voter who can elect them in the future and letting them know that. I hope everyone has a hand full of cards by our next meeting.