NAC Advisory
Texas 2003 Special Session 01
House Bill 50

July 9, 2003

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DATE   : July 9, 2003
SUBJECT: Texas House Bill 50
TO     : Texas naturists

Dear Texas Naturist,

As the Texas state legislature labors in special session over issues concerning congressional redistricting, a potent anti-nudity bill has quietly advanced to receive a legislative hearing. House Bill 50 says simply that "[a] youth camp may not operate as a nudist camp."

A public hearing on HB 50 will be conducted in the House Public Health Committee at 8:00 am Thursday, July 10, 2003 in room E2.036 of the Capitol complex in Austin.


BACKGROUND

The author of House Bill 50 is Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). Hughes became concerned about family naturist activities as a result of the backlash from Florida Congressman Mark Foley (R-Palm Beach Gardens) to an article in the New York Times. No specific Texas event precipitated the filing of the bill.

House Bill 50 is the first actual proposed law to result from the NY Times/Foley debacle. Legislation like this singles out naturists for special (mis)treatment and threatens the very existence of family-friendly social nudity.

The complete text of HB is available on the web site of the Naturist Action Committee.

   www.naturistsociety.com/NAC

Click on "Legislative Bill Texts."


THE HEARING

The hearing tomorrow is the first to be given this bill. Only two other bills are scheduled to be heard by the committee, but the hearing room has been reserved until noon. Limited sponsor testimony is expected. The Naturist Action Committee and the Southwestern Sunbathing Association will have personnel on hand to deliver testimony opposing the bill.

General input from citizens will likely be accepted, but that's up to the committee chair, Rep. Jaime Capelo (D-Corpus Christi). One of Capelo's own bills is also on the committee agenda to be heard. NAC is not presently looking for speakers beyond the volunteers who have already committed to be at the hearing. However, you are certainly welcome to speak if you wish. NAC is encouraging naturists to attend the meeting as non-speaking observers to support those who address the committee.

If you plan to attend, be aware that parking is a problem at the Capitol. Arrive early. We expect the meeting to start on time


WHAT CAN I DO?

This is an Advisory. The Naturist Action Committee is NOT asking for your specific action at this time. If you can attend the hearing in Austin, that's a bonus. NAC does definitely ask that you stay informed and be prepared to act on short notice if it becomes necessary.


NAC CAN USE YOUR HELP!

The Naturist Action Committee exists to advance and protect the rights of naturists throughout North America. NAC is a volunteer nonprofit organization that relies on the grass roots participation and financial support of naturists who understand that individuals working together can make a difference.

Won't you take a moment to help NAC by sending a generous donation? You may send your donation to the address below, or you may call toll free (800) 886-7230 to donate by phone using your MasterCard or Visa.

  NAC
  PO Box 132
  Oshkosh, WI 54903
 

Thank you for choosing to make a difference!

Naturally,

Bob Morton
Executive Director
Naturist Action Committee

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Naturist Action Committee (NAC) - PO Box 132, Oshkosh, WI 54903
Executive Dir. Bob Morton      - <ctnudists@aol.com>
Online Rep. Dennis Kirkpatrick - <naturist@sunclad.com>
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