Texas State Organization Legislation Committee.
Legislative Purposes:To initiate, endorse, and support desirable legislation or other suitable endeavors in the interest of education and of women educatorsTo inform the members of current economic, social, political and educational issues so that they mayparticipate effectively in a world society
Suggestions for Programs: Invite your legislator to a meeting during the time the legislature is NOT in session Invite your State Board of Education member to be a guest speaker at a chapter meeting Contact your U.S. Congressman to share input regarding Alpha State’s Legislative priorities. Ask a School Board member to attend a chapter meeting.
Professional Affairs Committee
Personal Growth and Services Committee
The society cannot endorse a candidate or spend money for a candidate’s campaign.
The society cannot initiate, endorse, or support legislation unless it relates to the improvement of education or the status of educators.
Participate in political forums and rallies: With:DKG Chapter and Area meetingsDKG State ConventionsTexas Political ForumNational Political Forum
Online Legislative Alerts and Updates With: Dr. Angela O. [email protected] Legislative Online www.capitol.state.tx.usTexas Education Agency http://www.tea.state.tx.us/The Education Advocate Online http://www.nea.org/lac/Children’s Defense Fund Update Listhttp://www.childrensdefense.orgHouse Education and the Workforce Committeehttp://www.house.gov/ecoSenate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committeehttp://www.senate.gov/[email protected] (PoliticsOL.com Editor)American Society for Curriculum and [email protected] (ASCD SmartBrief)
Collaborate with other professional organizations (these organizations also provide legislative alerts):TCTA (Texas Classroom Teachers Association)http://tcta.orgTEPSA (Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association)www.tepsa.orgATPE (Association of Texas Professional Educators)305 E. Huntland Dr. Suite 300Austin, TX 78752-3792www.atpe.orgTSTA (Texas State Teachers Association)http://tsta.orgTexas Retired Teachers Associationhttp://trta.orgContact college and university political science departments
Electronic Contact organizations also provide legislative alerts):-Websites:White House http://www.whitehouse.gov/contactSenators http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfmRepresentatives http://www.house.gov/Governor http://www.governor.state.tx.us/contact/Congress http://www.congress.orgElected officials http://www.USA.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml-Tweet a message to your representativehttp://2gov.org/http://twitter.com/USAgov-Blog http://blog.usa.gov/roller/-Facebook of legislators www.facebook.com/USAgov-Youtubehttp://www.youtube.com/USGovernment
Web Sites for Texans: organizations also provide legislative alerts):
Texas Legislature On Line
Texas Legislative Council
Texas State Board of Education
The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International
Communicating with Policy Makers organizations also provide legislative alerts):1. Office Visits:Personal visits, alone or in a small group, are the most effective way to communicate with policy makers.Schedule an appointment and indicate who will be present.Draft an agenda, list issues to be discussed and decide who will speak.Provide a written one-page summary of your position on each issue to be discussed.Arrive on time and leave on time. Be open to, and ready for questions. If you do not know the answer, provide an answer later.Ask for the lawmaker’s support of your issues.Thank them for his/her time.
Communicating with Policy Makers 2. Telephone Calls and E-MailsThese methods are effective, especially when timing is critical and a policymaker’s support or vote is needed immediately.State your name and place of residence.Ask to speak to the lawmaker or aide.Identify the issue or specific bill.Give bill number and name, if possible.Explain briefly why the bill is important in your district.State your position.Ask the legislator for support, or to vote against the bill.
Communicating with Policy Makers Makers 3. Writing LettersLetters not only alert policymakers to your views, but they also help educate legislators about issues. Use when time is not critical.Write by hand or type in your own words. Do not use form letters.Be brief and to the point; limit your writing to one page.Identify the issue clearly.State how the issue will effect the legislator’s constituents.Be informed and accurate.State your position.State the position of Delta Kappa Gamma members in Texas, if you know the position.Ask for the legislator’s support.
All elected officials should be addressed as: Makers The honorable (name).The House of RepresentativesP.O. Box 2910Austin, TX 76768-2910Texas SenatorsP.O. Box 12068 Austin, TX 78711Governor’s OfficeP.O. Box 12328Austin, TX 78711After action has been taken, follow up by communicating your appreciation and/or disappointment.
U.S. Senators From Texas Makers Sen. Kay B. Hutchison (202) 224-5922Effective 1/20/13 we will have a new SenatorSen. John Cornyn (202) 224-2934U.S. House of RepresentativeName: ______(for your district)___________
Do’s and Don’t’s
Keeping in Touch
Visiting Elected Officials
Dates of Interest: Makers Sept. 7 First Day to Apply for Ballot by MailOct. 9 Last Day to Register to VoteOct. 22 First Day of Early VotingOct. 30 Last Day to Apply for Ballot by mail (Received, not postmarked)Nov. 2 Last Day of Early VotingNov. 6, 2012 Election DayJan. 8, 2013 83rd Legislature Convenes at noonMay 27,2013 Last Day of 82nd Legislature regular sessionOct 24, 2012 Texas Conference for Women Austin, TX Conv. Ctr.Nov. 14-17, 2013 State Board of Education Meeting
Date to be announced
Late February, Early March
Suzanne Bathe, Lambda Gamma, Area 18
Laura Schmidt Kappa Pi, Area 1
Pat Brashear Zeta Rho, Area 5
Betty Peebles Kappa Pi, Area 2
Latrese Lytle Lambda Mu, Area 13
Ruthie Estes Delta Mu, Area 3
Janie Wigley Gamma Eta, Area 12
Carolyn Grantham Mu Kappa, Area 15
Rexena “Celina” Walden Iota Eta, Area 11
Charlotte Nyman Alpha Pi, Area 17
Marilyn Leasure Beta Gamma, Area 16
Anne Butcher Kappa Psi, Area 9
Bobbi Duncan Theta Mu, Area 14
Wynonna Lipsett Tau, Area 8
Ann Hunter Alpha Chi, Area 7
Emma Jean Tanner Eta Omega, Area 4
Mary Jo Riojas Kappa Delta, Area 10
Joanne Davis, ex officio Beta Zeta, Area 6
The Delta Kappa Gamma Makers