[Nfbmo] Thank You, Concrete Result, Action Still Needed

Dacia Cole dacia.luck at gmail.com
Fri Feb 13 15:38:56 UTC 2015


I know that Rep Jim Neely indicated that he would work with his
assistant to get a bill filed for the NRMA.  He told Brittany and I to
follow up with him in a week or two to check on the progress.


On 2/12/15, Shelia Wright <sbwright95 at att.net> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'd like to start by thanking all my NFB of Missouri  Colleagues who joined
> us at the Missouri State Capitol on Monday and Tuesday of this first full
> week of February. I'd also like to thank some valuable behind the scenes
> work that those of us who had the benefit of fun  and fellowship while we
> worked may not be aware of. These were Debbie Wunder and Carol Morgan who
> made appointments and thus helped in a different way. Carol Coulter and
> Elizabeth Coulter, faithfully prepare the packets we distribute and make
> sure Rita can get them in advance and have them for us when we arrive at
> the
> capitol. They are an integral part of our Jefferson City Legislative
> Seminar. We missed some familiar faces at the capitol this year and
> welcomed
> some first timers as well. Having said that, every member of our
> organization can help by taking action when you receive email messages
> asking for help; Also, be sure to help keep those who are in our chapters
> who are not on email be aware of how they can help by making phone calls to
> their elected officials. Together we can help blind Missourians "Live the
> Lives We Want"
> As the appointments were being made we heard the House of Representatives
> would be having a "Technical Session" on Monday. None of us knew what this
> meant other than we were unable to obtain as many appointments on Monday
> afternoon as we are sometimes. Well, that sent me on the hunt to find out
> what this new term to me meant and why some members would not attend this
> session. However, we were able to see Senators and many of the members of
> the House who did come in to conduct committee business. There's always a
> new twist and an opportunity to learn about our legislative process when we
> do Federation work  and no, unfortunately,  we can't predict these things
> in
> advance. However, it was a good day at the Missouri State Capitol.
> The concrete progress I referred to in the subject line is that HB 454 -
> Accessible Voting In All Elections was assigned to the Elections Committee
> sometime on Tuesday. I think that our message about at least giving this
> bill a chance to go through the process was heard. Now our push will be to
> see that a hearing is scheduled soon and that we have good representation
> at
> the hearing. Good work team. Let's keep in on the legislators radar as a
> way
> they can help blind and disabled Missourians.
> I believe that there are a number of legislators that are interested in the
> need for a researched based reading media assessment for determining
> whether
> a blind student needs to read braille, print of both braille and print. It
> takes a little longer for the House and Senate webpages to show filed
> bills.
> I am very optimistic that if bill language has not already been filed that
> it will be very soon. It may be that one of you will receive notice before
> Gary or I. Please pass it on if you do.
> It's very important to follow-up with those questions raised, information
> you promised to provide, and notes of appreciation to those we met with.
> One
> of the things that energizes me is watching members grow, hearing canes in
> the hallways at the Missouri Capitol or on Capitol Hill. It's also
> energizing to make an impression with individual members and have them
> remember who we are and demonstrate this by making sure they make the time
> to meet with us. Some of them really do get it. Education is powerful and
> this is how we have and will leave a legacy.
> Shelia Wright

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