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Wednesday, November 19, 2008

The 411

UPDATE: 4/19/9---THE TEX.REP MENTIONED IN THIS POST, WELL, HE MIRACULOUSLY CHANGED HIS MIND ABOUT SPONSORING MY BILL, AFTER I WAS DUMB ENOUGH TO PUT ALL OF MY EGGS IN ONE BASKET. YES, I WAS POLITELY INFORMED TWO DAYS BEFORE THEY WENT INTO SESSION...GOOD TIMES.
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So....what started out as a class assignment...over a year ago...has turned out to be a class assignment for this semester as well. (work smarter, not harder...right?)

Well....with all of the work that I was doing in creating a "dream law", or "dream policy change"...I kind of thought----well, why not? Why NOT pursue it as a real law, a real policy change, and hopefully make a REAL difference---not just a grade.

And the next thing I know, things are set into motion, and my hands are shaking, and I'm meeting with a Texas State Representative, trying to explain to him why we need tougher laws about leaving children unattended in cars.

About 5 minutes into it, he said "Stop. Stop right there. I can't hear any more horror stories about kids today."

My heart skipped a beat.

I just knew that he was about to kick me out of his office b/c he was just DONE with this.

Quite the opposite.

The next thing out of his mouth, "Sold. I'm going to sponsor this."

He also admitted that until contact with me, he just ASSUMED that it was illegal to leave your kids in the car. Ergo my entire point about the lack of education to the general public that we even HAVE a law about this.

So....that's the deal.
He's sponsoring my dream law, and it will honor my nephew....you know, if it passes. We discussed possible obstacles, some possible co-sponsors.... in the end he doesn't think it will be difficult to get it passed....AND, thanks to my strategerie (is that a word?) it will be going before the committee he vice-chairs.
I think it also hit home for him as a father of two young children. He has a son just a wee bit older than my nephew when he died.

I couldn't have asked for yesterday to go any better than it did.
After that, drove out to Rockwall & picked Gage up.
Ran to the grocery store for a cake & balloons for my sister. I chose blue & yellow for this cause. My nephew was blonde with blue eyes. Got cash for the tollway.
Drove ALL the way out to Frisco. I forgot how loooong of a drive that is...Surprised my sister & brother in law with the goodies.

You could not have peeled the smile off my face yesterday.

Until....5 o'clock traffic on I-30, a 3yo who had not taken a nap all day, and the adrenaline & endorphins were no longer pulsing through my veins in such large volumes like they had been earlier in the day. 5 o'clock is about the time I started to slow down...

When I got into bed last night, it took me a little bit to really unwind & relax. When I did....boy, was I ever exhausted. Just absolutely exhausted.

And maybe it's rude to say...I don't care at this point. I'm really proud of myself. This took a lot of hard work, and I did it. I know the bill hasn't passed yet, but so what? I'm done with the first step. What comes next? It will be filed by the state rep, and go through legislative council. They will assign a # to the bill, and then I can track it online. The rep has asked if I will be available this Spring...between February & April to come & give testimony supporting this bill.
You bet I will. If I have to rearrange Heaven & Earth, I will be there.

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24 Comments:

At 8:17 PM , Blogger Kate said...

You should be proud of yourself! You are my HERO! Keep us posted so we can make sure to contact our reps to vote when the time comes. Hot dog--you are so wonderful!

 
At 8:58 PM , Blogger Chris H said...

You did well girl, you are AWESOME. What happened to your nephew, if you don't mind my asking?

 
At 9:07 PM , Blogger Aubs said...

Congratulations! What an amazing way to honor your nephew. And you deserve to be proud of yourself and to share it with the whole world if you so choose!! Again..congratulations on your hard work paying off! Keep us posted on how the remainder of the process goes! =)

 
At 9:09 PM , Blogger Bee said...

Congrats! I can't believe it's not a law!

 
At 1:41 AM , Blogger shoeaddict said...

You are a hero, like Kate says. Way to go! most people only say that they want to do something and never do. I'm so proud of you.

 
At 3:08 AM , Blogger ~melinda~ said...

i am beaming FOR you. so, so proud of you to get this done. what a wonderful way to memorialize a little boy you cared so much for.....congratulations.

would it be a felony or a misdemeanor to leave a child unattended? i think that varies by state also...

 
At 3:38 AM , Blogger Laura said...

WOW - how incredible, but you are an incredible person. WOW. Way to go!!!!!! How very special for your family to have you workign so hard to advocate change and policy. YA FOR YOU! I have tears falling from my eyes as I write this - I can only imagine how this work of love emcompassed you. HUGS!

 
At 6:43 AM , Blogger Jiff said...

WAY TO GO!! It takes people like YOU to make this world a better place. I'm very proud of you! Keep me updated on how it goes.

 
At 7:10 AM , Blogger Life is Wonderful said...

Awesome! AWEsome! AWESOME! That is describing YOU. I am sure the bill will pass, how could it not???

One a COMPLETELY DIFFERENT NOTE:
Can you even believe the Biggest Loser...OMG, I was so mad at Amy for NOT voting off Vicky...what in the HELL was she thinking???

 
At 7:13 AM , Blogger Reason to Rejoice! said...

Just as long as you don't miss seeing my newborn baby!!! Just kidding! Very proud of you! Your spunk and determination has paid off!!!! I do have a question about the law that I would like to ask you.....when I talk to you again.

 
At 7:23 AM , Blogger Not So Perfect said...

Way to go Lainey! You are going to make a difference in so many people's lives while being a champion for your nephew and his memory. I am so happy for you!

 
At 8:08 AM , Blogger Zephra said...

I am so proud of you. His death will save others.

 
At 8:57 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am sitting here crying at my computer. I am so happy and proud of you!!! ~Megan

 
At 9:20 AM , Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

Wow! I got chills reading about that. What an accomplishment and what a worthy cause. I'm sure it will pass!

 
At 9:57 AM , Blogger lisa said...

I’m so excited and proud for you! I can’t imagine what this must mean to your sister. I guess those soap boxes paid off! Congratulations and good luck! Make sure you keep us updated!

 
At 10:44 AM , Blogger Steph said...

Oh Lainey, I am so proud of you and you should definitely be proud of you too. How wonderful and exciting and I can only imagine how it made your sister and brother in law feel. You are such a great mom, sister, friend. I can't wait to hear how it turns out. I have faith that it will go through!

 
At 10:54 AM , Blogger ~love said...

what an honor to riley and his parents. that is awesome!

 
At 10:55 AM , Blogger Chris & Leslie said...

BLD! Why didn't you tell us when you met us yesterday for lunch?? Oh, That is just GREAT news I am so proud of you! It warms my heart to know one of my friends has taken a step to REALLY make the world a better place, especially a safer place :)

 
At 12:21 PM , Blogger Judy said...

OUTSTANDING! congratulations!

 
At 1:52 PM , Blogger smallmoments said...

You are so amazing! Lots of people talk about making a change for you are actually doing it! I am so proud to know you and call you my friend. I cried when I finished reading your post. I just don't have enough words to describe how wonderful this is.

 
At 6:45 PM , Blogger Erin said...

Way to go!!

I am so proud of you and SO happy for you!

 
At 8:56 AM , Blogger Bonnie said...

Wow, that is just an awesome post! You should be so proud of yourself- I would have been shaking in my boots about doing that. I know your sister must have felt so grateful and happy at the result.

 
At 4:48 PM , Blogger angie said...

So proud of you!! This is a fantastic thing that you are doing and what a great memorial to Riley. Your sister must be so happy! They would be idiots to turn down this bill I mean really!

 
At 5:25 PM , Blogger Sarah said...

Incredible. Best of luck as the bill moves forward!!!

 

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