Monday, August 30, 2010

More TSA Legislative Visits…with More to Come

(from left)TSA treasurer Mark Wolf, Rep. Rafael Anchia, Craig Reynolds, FAIA, and Todd Howard. 

TSA staff and lobbyists continue to join architects in visiting legislators to deliver the Society’s message—and TAC checks—prior to Labor Day, the traditional opening date of the biannual political campaign.

Most recently, staff lobbyists Yvonne Castillo and David Lancaster, along with contract lobbyists Kathy Grant and Wade Long, made a road trip to Dallas to visit four state representatives. On Aug. 24, Mark Watford, FAIA, and Dr. Gail Thomas, Hon. AIA, joined these four in visits with Reps. Kirk England, Will Hartnett, and Dan Branch prior to participating in a TAC reception at AIA Dallas’ Center for Architecture (DCA) that featured Rep. Rafael Anchia talking about his plans for the upcoming session and possibility of passing legislation advancing sustainability.

As a part of his DCA visit, where he also heard from architects about their hopes and concerns, Rep. Anchia (2nd from left) received a TAC check from (l to r) TSA treasurer Mark Wolf, Craig Reynolds, FAIA, and Todd Howard.

More visits are being scheduled every week, including special meetings with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus, as well as more visits to the TSA office or AIA Austin Center for Architecture by central Texas officials or legislators coming to Austin for interim hearings or other official business.

If you haven’t already made your personal 2010 TAC contribution, click here. Thanks for investing in your profession…and getting involved!

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