From a LinkedIn discussion on the same topic;
There is a hearing in Austin on Nov.13th. The agenda is available here: http://www.sunset.state.tx.us/83rd/Agendas/Nov_13.pdf.
Donna Vining (Exec. Director of Texas Association for Interior Design) wrote the following:
“Obviously, anyone who wants to testify, may do so. PLEASE be aware the Sunset commission will not appreciate a lot of disjointed testimony. A couple of years ago I watched the process in Florida when everyone wanted to say something and all the legislators began to glaze over. When you arrive, you will complete a card and it will ask you if you want to testify. If you check yes, you will be called upon in random order. My advice is if someone has already said the same thing you want to say, when you are called on, stand and give your name and say that your testimony has already been given.
One of the most important things we need are numbers to sign cards and say that are against the deregulation of registered interior designers and then check the box for “Do not wish to Testify”. Remember the cards can be signed by anyone, family, friends, clients, etc. The sheer number of people in the audience will make a BIG impression on the legislators. Many people take the time to call, email or fax but the number is much smaller when we talk about the people willing to come to Austin for their profession.”
If you are not already a member of TAID now would be a good time to look into it…we could use the funds to help fight things like this. http://www.supporttaid.org/
Thanks to Shelby Papp for this info.
P.S. If you need some talking points please see my previous post and these well informed letters to the board http://www.sunset.state.tx.us/83rd/ae/responses/chart.htm