NAC Advisory
Texas 2005 Regular Session
House Bill 772

February 5, 2005

Bill text: TX 2005 HB 772 |
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DATE:    February 5, 2005
SUBJECT: Texas legislation
TO:      All Naturists and other concerned citizens

Dear Naturist,

The Naturist Action Committee wishes to make you aware of important legislation that has been introduced in the state of Texas. House Bill 772 proposes that nudist youth camps be prohibited.

This is an informational advisory. NAC is not requesting that you take action at the present time. At the proper time, we will ask for your involvement through one or more NAC Action Alerts.


BACKGROUND

The principal sponsor of HB 772 is Rep. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola). Rep. Hughes previously introduced a similarly worded measure in 2003. NAC testified in opposition to that bill at a legislative hearing on July 10, 2003, and the bill did not advance from committee.

No actual or planned Texas event precipitated the filing of the legislation in 2003 or in this year. Now, as in 2003, Rep. Hughes says flatly that his bill is a direct response to an article that was published in the New York Times on June 18, 2003. That article featured a nude youth camp operated by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR).

The Times article was not an exposť. Far from it. In fact, it was put together with the enthusiastic cooperation and blessing of AANR and YPB&R, the association's hired public relations firm. The Times piece appeared as part of an AANR media blitz on behalf of the association and its members. However, as most naturists know, it became the focus of a terrible backlash that was initially led by Florida Congressman Mark Foley.

Although AANR officials have characterized the article in the Times as having been "closely managed" by AANR and its PR firm, it included some unfortunate misinformation. Organizers in Texas, the article declared, were planning a similar nude youth camp there "for the summer of 2005." No such camp was ever planned, and AANR officials have said that they have "no idea" how such a specific mention could have found its way into the closely managed article. Rep. Hughes has used the article to establish a "threat" to the citizens of Texas.

Also included in the PR piece in the Times was a pointed reference to a "40-something visitor" whose gaze out a window toward the children was unappreciated. One of the adults in charge was quoted as calling him a "creepy old guy," or "COG." "This particular COG," the article said, "like all others, was ejected" from the resort that hosted the camp. Rep. Hughes has used the description in the article, especially the "all others," to support his claim that nude youth camps are magnets for pedophiles.


WHAT IS NAC DOING?

Immediately upon the filing of HB 772, the Naturist Action Committee began the expensive process of hiring a professional legislative lobbyist. The American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and the regional Southwestern Sunbathing Association (SWSA) have each expressed an initial intent to participate in the funding of the lobbyist.

Much of what happens next is dependent upon the committee assignment given to HB 772. NAC is working behind the scenes for a committee assignment that is favorable to the interests of naturists. NAC is, at the same time, preparing for much worse.


WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING?

This is an Advisory. NAC is not asking you to take action at this time. Please watch for NAC Action Alerts, Advisories and Updates on this situation.


MORE INFORMATION

Additional information about HB 772, including the full text of the bill, is available online at the web site of the Naturist Action Committee.

  
www.naturistsociety.com/NAC

On the main page, click on "Alerts, Advisories and Updates." Click on "VIEW CURRENT" and then select this Advisory. Follow the links to more information.


PLEASE HELP NAC HELP TEXAS NATURISTS!

The Naturist Action Committee is a volunteer nonprofit organization that exists to advance and protect the rights of naturists throughout North America. Lobbyists and attorneys are expensive, and unlike other organizations, NAC has no membership roster on which to assess dues. NAC relies entirely on the voluntary generosity of supporters like you.

To donate to NAC, use the address below, or 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
Chairman & 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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