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Transcript Texas NOW Times N.O.W. PLANS IMPACT ON STATE LEGISLATURE Today, there are about 8000 NOW members in Texas. Together, we can significantly impact the 1983 Texas legislative session. Toward that end, in July State Council voted to hire a full-time lobbyist from Oct. 1, 1982 to the session's end on May 31, 1983. I am pleased to have been chosen from the field of many fine applicants. I have been an active member of NOW since 1978, serving many capacities in the Austin chapter and State Council. As former state Task Force Coordinator, Homemakers Rights Chair and Reproductive Rights Co-Chair, I know NOW's issues and the concerns of Texas NOW members. My goal is to represent you in the coming months. I first joined NOW to work positively on issues that affect women, so this position is more than a job for me— it is a fulfillment of personal goals. This will be an exciting, productive time for NOW. I hope you will join me in Texas NOW's efforts for women. During the rest of 1982, our most important project is finding feminist witnesses to speak at hearings on bills affecting women. We can't wait until hearings begin to find good people. We need to know them now so they can be presented with evidence of their effectiveness in witness selection discussions with allies. In other states, NOW members do not influence witness selection, so we must exercise this ability. We need feminist perspectives on our issues, particularly abortion rights, child support, battered women, and statues concerning violence against women. There are three kinds of witnesses: expert, organizational, and personal. We need some of each kind. Expert witness: one who has "credentials" such as MD, Ph.D or MSW to speak on a given issue. Examples: a doctor who knows the physical effects of abortion, a professor with research data on battered women, or a lawyer. These witnesses appear first. Organizational witness '• one who speaks for a particular organization. The presence of a NOW-identified witness is very important in showing our concern for an issue. Personal Witness: one who speaks from personal experience on a given issue. In prior abortion rights hearings, women who had a problem during an abortion gave moving testimony to restrict women's access to abor tion. Legislators remembered such personal trauma and often referred to this testimony when pro-choice witnesses spoke. During the child support enforcement hearings, Austin NOW member Vicky Worsham gave personal testimony on the effects of current Texas law on obtaining child support. Legislators referred to her plight whenever anyone stood to oppose stronger support laws. Speaking from your personal experience has impact beyond all the experts. If you want to be a witness or know someone who would be a good one, call me at the NOW office (512/928-4733) or Texas NOW's Legislative Coord. Yvonne Broach (713/664-4282). We'll follow up on your leads. You should also contact Yvonne with ideas to develop bills we think should be submitted to the legislature. She is gathering info on current law and model laws. We will coordinate a legislative newsletter available to interested NOW members at low cost to keep you abreast of current status on bills concerning women. Yvonne can also help chapters set up legislative committees to ensure phone calls/letters to legislators when necessary. We expect to hold at least one Lobby Day in Austin during April, also coordinated by Yvonne. If you joined NOW because you wanted your voice heard, because you are concerned about equality, then this is your chance to make a difference. We need you—your letters, your info, your support. Call Yvonne today to find out how you can be _part of the action. - G.K. Sprinkle CONFERENCE CONT'D Many delegates faced resolutions on Sunday after a sleepless Saturday night awaiting election results. There were: floor fight over creation of a new staff position by the minority resolution (the body retained it); an unannounced interruption by Sonia Johnson and followers; reproductive rights, insurance and consciousness-raising resolutions; and finally such a tangle over the feminist political institute resolution that it was tabled for consideration by the National Board. The remainder of the more than thirty resolutions pending were not considered due to lack of time and energy. Yes, it's still NOW—exhausted, but whole. They'll still have to face us after all.