By Kaleb McLaurin, TSCRA executive director of government and public affairs
As of this writing in early May, leaders and staff of Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association (TSCRA) continue to devote tremendous efforts in Austin during the 86th session of the Texas Legislature, working on eminent domain reform, and a host of other issues that affect private property rights and agricultural business in Texas.
We will have a review of this year’s session in the coming months, and you are invited to attend the TSCRA Summer Meeting, June 13 to 15, at Moody Gardens, Galveston, to hear first-hand accounts of our wins and continuing challenges.
The work of our staff in Austin would not be nearly as successful without the outstanding support from the members of TSCRA. Your officers and directors have given generously of their time to be in Austin, giving testimony in hearings on bills, meeting with legislators and with our opponents on important issues.
Your committee leaders and committee members have addressed hard questions about protecting private property rights and your ability to conduct business as you see fit, while fending off challengers to the ranching way of life and balancing private business needs with public good.
We can’t say thank you enough to the members who have paid attention to Action Alerts emailed from TSCRA, or who responded in droves to the four text messages sent to members from March 30 to April 17. You called, you wrote, you replied, and you made your voice clearly heard by your state senators and state representatives. Thank you.
We ask you to continue your involvement and continue your close attention to the issues that affect ranching. Be part of the policy development discussion this fall at the TSCRA Policy Conference, Sept. 25 to 27, at the Westin in San Antonio. Stay in touch with the TSCRA directors in your area so they can understand what you face as a rancher. Come to any ranch gathering that will be nearby and bring a friend or neighbor who might not know the scope of the work TSCRA does on behalf of landowners.
It is our privilege to represent landowners to our state government. Thank you for sharing your stories with us and for supporting the staff and volunteer leaders with your continuing membership.