Volente e-News
Please come and show your support!
Floorplan of 2nd Floor of Capitol Extension The hearing tomorrow on HB(House Bill) 722 will be at the State Capitol Extension in Room E2.028. The Extension is the underground section of offices on the north side of the Capitol building. For a floorplan of the level E2 where the hearing will be held, click either on the image to the left or HERE. Room E2.028 is located at the northeast corner of the Central Court / Open-air Rotunda.
Parking: Parking is available in the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage at 1201 San Jacinto located between Trinity and San Jacinto Streets at 12th and 13th streets. Parking is free for the first two hours and $.75 for each half hour thereafter (maximum daily charge: $6.00); accessible parking is available with accessible routes to the Capitol. Metered spaces are available throughout the complex.
See http://www.tspb.state.tx.us/spb/plan/Parking.htm for a map and for more parking information.
I am told the room needs to be filled with Volente residents who can show their support both by their presence and by signing the support cards. Please see the information below for more details about the bill and the hearing.
(Dear e-News)
Our state rep, Donna Howard, has introduced a bill that would require reqional utility authorities that seek to build water supply infrastructure within the boundaries of a non-participating municipality to follow local land use rules and ordinances and obtain the municipality's approval for their project. This bill applies to the situation that Volente faces with the BCRUA.

The bill is scheduled for a hearing by the Urban Affairs Committee this Thursday. I think that several people from Volente will be testifying in support of this bill; however, Donna Howard's office expects significant opposition. Volente needs all residents who support this bill to show up at the Capitol on Thursday morning! They do not have to testify, but they do need to sign a card that says they support the bill but do not wish to testify. I know this is short notice and people will have trouble getting to the Capitol for this, but it is very important that Volente show our support. Once people have signed the card, they can leave the hearing whenever they wish.

This is Volente's opportunity to show support for a bill that would give them a voice in a situation where they have been denied a vote.

The house meets at 10a.m. and the Urban Affairs Committee will begin its hearing 10-15 minutes after the full house adjourns, whenever that is. The schedule says 10:30 a.m., but it could be after that. Everyone must be present to sign the card when the hearing gets under way, but unfortunately I cannot say exactly when that will be.

Could you please let everyone on your mailing list know of this development? They can contact me for more information.
Justine Blackmore-Hlstra