Friday, May 25, 2007
The death of innocence
The House Committee where this bill died had several new members who are inexperienced and lack a lot of background knowledge on the issue.
This bill could have been passed this session. If we are going to avoid missing opportunities like this in the future, then the national leaders need to send more funding to Texas.
So, in addition to wondering "what Texas legislators are thinking", you should also ask what are people thinking when they send tens of thousands of dollars in anti-death penalty grant money to states that don't even have the death penalty, instead of sending more money to Texas.
In particular, Texas needs funding for a hardworking, competent paid professional lobbyist working on death penalty issues when the Texas Legislature is in session six months every two years. The rest of the time, Texas needs funding for a full-time grassroots anti-death penalty organizer.
This was a missed opportunity, but it did not have to be missed.
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