Today the Texas A&M University System provided further details behind their request for Senator Creighton to file Senate Bill 1964. Looking to the future, the system envisions an opportunity to develop up to "only 178 acres" of the state forest for the purpose of establishing what amounts to a campus in the region.
Texas A&M believes that the best route to begin the discussion around this concept is to seek legislative authority to move forward with the project... Before a project is even planned, budgeted for, or presented to the community it will purportedly serve. It's almost like asking us to go steady before we have a first date.
We think this may be putting the cart before the horse, but would appreciate hearing from our neighbors. Share your thoughts below and on our Facebook page. And stay tuned as we plan for more opportunities to have your voice heard by Texas A&M and Senator Creighton.
Senator Creighton took to his Facebook page today to let us all know he is amending Senate bill 1964. We thank him for listening to the people of his district.
This however does not mean the fight is over. Please contact Senator Creighton and thank him for this decision. And let's make sure not only that changes are made, but that no future amendments during the legislative processes reverse these decisions.
And keep the pressure up on Texas A&M. As a good neighbor they should involve us in what they plan on doing with Jones Forest State Park.
So you are convinced... You want to get involved. But what do you do now? Here are a few things you can do today to have your voice heard!
1.) Contact Senator Creighton
Send a letter, type out an e-mail, pick up the phone and call, engage on Social Media-- there are lots of ways to contact the Senator. Start with his official State Senate Page, which has lots of contact information.
Don't know what to say? Here is a quick template for you.
The Honorable Brandon Creighton
2.) Contact the Senate Committee on Higher Education
We've probably all seen School House Rock tell us how a bill becomes a law-- well pretty much the same process in Texas. So if our good Senator does not take action we just go the committee where the bill has been referred. Here is the contact information for Committee members. Start with the Chairman and work your way down!
Committee Page: http://www.senate.texas.gov/cmte.php?c=560
Committee Hearing Date: TBD
3.) Stay Engaged
Follow our movement on Facebook and be sure to sign up for our updates on the homepage! We'll let you know as more opportunities to become involved happen and keep you updated on the latest bill developments.
This evening Senator Creighton responded to concerns raised by his constituents by posting a letter to his Facebook page. Below is his letter:
Dear Senate District 4,
While this letter is appreciated it does raise several questions for the Senator: