Daniel Miller, President of the TNM, commented on the bill’s passage.
“Although it may seem minor in the context of the other legislation that the TNM has been working on, it is time that the Texas Legislature stop treating Texas culture and Texas holidays as second-class and second-rate. We are proud of our heritage and history and we want the opportunity to celebrate it as other holidays are celebrated.”
These sentiments were delivered by the TNM’s Legislative Liaison, Gayle Wilkerson, in committee testimony and, in person, to all of the legislators involved in this process.
The actions of TNM supporters on this legislation were critical in its passage. From the ‘Be The Spark’ campaign that the TNM launched to the incessant phone calls and emails, the TNM’s activities helped get the bill out of the legislative mud and through to final passage.
The bill still requires the signature of Governor Greg Abbott and the sale of fireworks on those dates will have to be optioned by the local County Commissioners Courts. However, we have no doubt that local TNM supporters will follow through in their counties to get this done.