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Dear Texas ASLA Chapter Members, We wanted to give you a legislative update from last Fridays "TAKE ACTION Alert!" email regarding House Bill 70/ Senate Bill 14 (HB70/SB14). Last Saturday, the Texas Senate Committee on Business & Commerce received written and oral testimony re: SB14. ASLA Texas Chapter registered in opposition to the Bill. Of the 46 folks who testified, 44 testified against the bill. Even with this opposition, the Committee voted 6-3 to pass the bill. The bill was then sent to the Senate floor where it passed the full Senate 17-14. On Tuesday July 25th, The House Urban Affairs Committee received written and oral testimony re: HB70, the companion bill to SB14. ASLA Texas Chapter registered in opposition to the bill there and also testified in opposition. Landscape architect Eleanor McKinney testified against the bill and landscape architect Mike Fishbaugh also registered in opposition to the Bill. Special thanks to both of those individuals: we appreciate you taking time out of your day to go to the Capitol and voice your opposition to the bill. After hearing testimony, the House Urban Affairs Committee left the bill pending and did not take a vote on the bill; as of this email the bill is still pending in committee. If you have not done so, please contact your Texas House State Representative via phone or email to voice your opposition to House Bill 70 that would void tree ordinances throughout Texas. We need all of members to reach out in opposition. The legislature is moving fast this special session so please call today! You can click on the following link to locate your district representative: http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx *** We will continue to update our members regarding this legislative item and thank you for your action. Brent Brent Luck Texas Chapter ASLA Vice President of Government Affairs 512.810.0684

Thank you Texas ASLA-!

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