If you have time to make phone calls, that will have a greater impact. Just use the guidelines below, and if you’d like, tailor a letter to serve as your script.
Please contact your own district’s State Representative and State Senator, asking for support of the bills.
Email addresses for all Representatives and Senators can be found here.
Please BCC TXBFLeg@gmail.com and we will try to track which representatives we still need to have contacted.
Sample letters are below. Personalize one as much as you can.
Begin by introducing yourself as a constituent, and keep it short (two paragraphs).
Ask for support.
Say exactly why you support the bills.
Ask for a written response on the legislator’s position on the bill. That way a staffer has to do some research and the member has to sign a letter with a position on it.
Make certain that letters are not antagonistic or accusatory.
Please include with your signature:
- Physical Home Address
- Zip Code
- Phone Number(s)
Hello Representative/Senator NAME,
I hope this email finds you well. As a resident of (DISTRICT #), I’m writing to ask for your support of bills that remove barriers to breastfeeding. These include HB 742 authored by Rep. Farrar, HB 443 authored by Rep. Walle, SB 279 authored by Senator Zaffirini, and HB 329 authored by Rep. González. ***(EDIT TO PERSONALIZE) As a breastfeeding mother, it has been my experience that breastfeeding can be very difficult. There are barriers to breastfeeding that make it even more complicated – things mothers shouldn’t have standing in the way of providing their children with optimal nutrition.***
Currently Texas law states “A mother is entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location in which the mother is authorized to be.” However, this merely asserts her right. It does not protect her right, as there is currently no enforcement provision. Mothers are frequently discriminated against for feeding their children while they are out supporting the economy by shopping for their families and eating in restaurants. Fear of this discrimination hampers many mothers’ efforts to choose the healthiest first food for their babies as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, the World Health Organization, and others. HB 742 will not only serve mothers and babies, it will inform businesses of the law and allow them to avoid the negative media attention that sometimes follows an incident where an ill-informed employee humiliates a mother who is trying only to feed her child.
HB 443 will amend Chapter 619, which provides worksite pumping protections to public employees, so that mothers are not expected to prepare their infants’ meals in a public restroom. Likewise, SB 279 will amend Chapter 619, and will also increase access to lactation rooms in the Capitol and other public buildings. HB 329 will help working mothers by requiring state agencies to have policies in place to support pumping moms, as Mother-Friendly Worksites.
As a breastfeeding mom and an advocate for mothers and children, I urge you to support this legislation by putting these bills before the House as soon as possible. I would love the opportunity to meet with you to discuss this public health issue, and I would be grateful for a written response letting me know your position on these bills. Thank you for your time.
PHYSICAL HOME ADDRESS