[dbmat] Fwd: [AVIT] Fwd: [ACBT] Legislative ActionNeeded on HB 2463

  • From: paul welch <pwelch@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dbmat@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2015 18:38:27 -0500



> Subject: Fwd: [AVIT] Fwd: [ACBT] Legislative ActionNeeded on HB 2463
> 
> Please call, write or  fax your representative  regarding this bill. 
> This will affect a lot of our families by separating all these programs.
> Thanks
> Susie
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>> Date: March 24, 2015 at 2:19:21 PM CDT
>> To: AVIT <alliancevit@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Subject: [AVIT] Fwd: [ACBT] Legislative ActionNeeded on HB 2463
>> 
>> FYI from our ACBT members: 
>> 
>>> From: "'Paul Hunt' prhunt1@xxxxxxx [ACBT]" <ACBT@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>> Date: March 24, 2015 at 10:43:01 AM CDT
>>> To: <ACBT@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, 
>>> Subject: [ACBT] Legislative ActionNeeded on HB 2463
>>> Hello everyone.
>>> 
>>> HB 2463 changes the way Blind and Visually Impaired Texans are served. 
>>> Under HB 2463, the Elderly Blind Independent Living program will be 
>>> contracted to the Centers For Independent Living. The Blind Children’s 
>>> program will move to the Health and Human Services commission. We expect 
>>> the Vocational Rehabilitation program and the Business Enterprise programs 
>>> to transfer to the Texas Workforce Commission.
>>> 
>>> ACBT believes that all of the programs should be transferred to the same 
>>> agency so that we will have a seamless service delivery system.
>>> 
>>> Please immediately contact your representative and ask him or her to vote 
>>> no on HB 2463. Also, please ask him or her to introduce or support a floor 
>>> amendment to HB 3294 to include the Elderly Blind Independent Living 
>>> program, the Blind Children’s program and the Chris Cole Rehabilitation 
>>> Center in the list of programs transferred to the Texas Workforce 
>>> Commission.
>>> 
>>> Here is the language I gave to my representative. Please use it as a guide 
>>> and write your request in your own words.
>>> 
>>> Good morning <insert staff person or representative’s name>. HB 2463 was 
>>> favorably voted out of the Human Services committee on March 23, 2015. We 
>>> would like Representative <Insert Representative’s Name> to vote “No” on 
>>> this bill. Also, please watch HB 3294. It provides for the transfer of the 
>>> Vocational Rehabilitation programs to the Texas Workforce Commission. 
>>> Unfortunately, the Elderly Blind Independent Living program, the Blind 
>>> Children’s program and the Chris Cole Rehabilitation programs are not 
>>> transferring to the Texas Workforce Commission.
>>> 
>>> The American Council of the Blind of Texas (ACBT) believes that all 
>>> programs for the Blind should be transferred to a single agency. Please ask 
>>> Representative <Insert Representative’s Name> to introduce a floor 
>>> amendment to HB 3294 to include these programs in the list of programs 
>>> transferred to the Texas Workforce Commission.
>>> 
>>> Thanks so much for your support. I hope you are doing well during this busy 
>>> session.
>>> 
>>> It’s easy to Find your representative Just enter your name, address and zip 
>>> code to get complete contact information.
>>> 
>>> If you think it’s important to save our Vocational Rehabilitation services, 
>>> please act immediately.
>>> 
>>> Thanks so much.
>>> 
>>> I hope you have a nice day.
>>> 
>>> Paul
>>> 
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