Support the Bills A myriad of ways to support breastfeeding moms and babies… Passing breastfeeding legislation requires the involvement of many breastfeeding supporters. Legislators want to hear from their own constituents. With 31 Senate districts and 150 House districts in a state the size of 11 other states, we need a LOT of advocates involved, from throughout Texas. There are countless ways you can support breastfeeding legislation, with a spectrum of time involved, from easy slacktivism to meeting with legislators to giving presentations to stakeholders. Below is a current call to action, followed by more ways you can help on any given day. Call to Action Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help deliver White Papers at the Capitol. If you plan to attend the Spring Meeting, come to the Capitol on April 7th to visit legislators. Contact the following reps: Contact House Business & Industry Committee members to ask them to vote HB 742 & HB 443 out of committee on Tuesday, and to support HB 329 when the committee sub has been heard. (We believe we have support from most if not all of the members. At this point we just want them to prioritize moving the bills forward so we don’t run out of time to get them through the rest of the process.) Contact Senate Committee on Business & Commerce members and ask them to schedule a hearing for and pass SB 279. Contact Senator Zaffirini to thank her for working to amend Chapter 619 so that mothers are not being told to pump breastmilk in restrooms by public employers. Phone: (512) 463-0121 Twitter: @JudithZaffirini Email: Judith.Zaffirini@senate.texas.gov More Ways to Help Contact your legislators You can look up your state legislators here. Tell them that breastfeeding is an important public health issue and ask them to support bills endorsed by TXBC. (Remember to be polite.) A visit sends the strongest message, followed by a phone call (you’ll likely talk to a young staffer). Emails and even tweets can also be a good contact. If you have had negative experiences, you might share these. Or you could bring up some of the issues that have made the news recently (and call when the next one happens). It is also worth mentioning positive experiences, demonstrating that business owners can rather easily support pumping at work, or can benefit from supporting mothers who need to nurture their babies while they are frequenting their businesses. If you are conservative, mention this. Breastfeeding is a bipartisan issue, and we need all of our conservative legislators to realize this, and in the interest of public health, to prioritize individual liberty and family values over limited government and free enterprise. Thank your Representative and Senator If your Representative and Senator voted for HB 786, express your gratitude. If he or she voted against it, you might politely inquire as to why (and if you respond to the answer, maintaining diplomacy is vital). The votes of Representatives for HB 786 can be seen here. Senators’ votes are here (the first vote refers to a motion; read from “The bill was read third time…”). Subscribe to our mailing list Use the form at the bottom of this page. Join the Facebook group Join We Support Texas Breastfeeding Laws with Enforcement here. When you are approved to join, select “All Posts” under “Notifications” so that you don’t miss anything there. There will be even more opportunities to get involved shared in the group. Join Texas Breastfeeding Coalition Your membership keeps you connected to what is going on in breastfeeding advocacy, and it helps to strengthen the coalition. You can join here. Have questions? You can contact the Legislative Chair of the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition at TXBFLeg@gmail.com or (512)655.9647.