Legislative Alert 3-27-09

Posted: March 30, 2009 in Uncategorized

HB 2820 is up for hearings before the House State Affairs Committee on

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 2 pm in room JHR 140 (Hearing Room).

I would encourage you to attend even if do not want to testify to support the bill. If you can attend let me know by calling or texting at 713-818-3114 (Matthew R. Cowan Cell phone) If you are unable to attend the next best thing to do is write letters and send emails in support of these pieces of legislation. Below is a sample text that can be sent.

“I support the proposed changes to the Professional Services Procurement Act as proposed in H.B. No. 2820 authored by Representative Chisum and Representative Chavez. This bill will enhance and improve the State’s ability to protect public health, safety, welfare and the state’s natural resources with regard to the issuance of state contracts that include Geoscience work by ensuring that contracts are selected based upon qualifications and not lowest bidder. I ask that you approve this bill as presented.

The Key people to send them to are listed below. You can fax it to them or click on the name to follow the link to their home page to email it to them or you can look up the members by clicking here: House Members. There are a total of 15 members on this committee.

Rep. Burt R. Solomons

Room E1.420, Capitol Extension
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0478
(512) 463-2089 Fax

Rep. Jose Menendez

Room EXT E2.204
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0634
(512) 463-7668 Fax

Rep. Tom Craddick

Room CAP 1N.10 Capitol
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0500
(512) 463-7722 Fax

Rep. Byron Cook

Room EXT E2.410
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0730
(512) 463-2506 Fax

Rep. David Farabee

Room E2.422, Capitol Extension
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0534
(512) 463-8161 Fax

Rep. Pete Gallego

Room 4N.9, Capitol Building
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0566
(512) 236-9408 Fax

Rep. Charlie Geren

Room E2.308, Capitol Extension
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0610
(512) 463-8310 Fax

Rep. Patricia Harless

Room E2.714, Capitol Extension
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0496
(512) 463-1507 Fax

Rep. Harvey Hilderbran

Room GW.12, Capitol Building
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0536
(512) 463-1449 Fax

Rep. Delwin Jones

Room 3S.2, Capitol Building
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0542
(512) 463-0671 Fax

Rep. Eddie Lucio III

Room EXT E1.318
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0606
(512) 463-0660 Fax

Rep. Diana Maldonado

Room E2.802 Capitol Extension
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0670
(512) 463-1469 Fax

Rep. Rene Oliveira

Room CAP 4N.10
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0640
(512) 463-8186 Fax

Rep. David Swinford

Room CAP 4N.03
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
(512) 463-0470
(512) 463-8003 Fax

Rep. Sylvester Turner

Room 1W.6, Capitol Building
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-0554
(512) 463-8380 Fax

Summary of the Bill

HB 2820

  • Changes to the Professional Services Procurement Act. This bill would add the title of professional Geoscientist to the list of professional services covered. This change would require governmental agencies to make selections based upon qualifications and competence before negotiating prices.
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