By:  Zaffirini                                   S.R. No. 475
    1-1                           SENATE RESOLUTION
    1-2        WHEREAS, Throughout our nation's history, freedom of the
    1-3  press and the right to express our ideas without fear of repression
    1-4  have been among our most cherished privileges; and
    1-5        WHEREAS, For the past 100 years, Texas Press Women has
    1-6  been among the most vigilant watchdogs for these venerated rights,
    1-7  and the Texas Senate is proud to recognize this outstanding
    1-8  organization on its centennial; and
    1-9        WHEREAS, Over the years, Texas Press Women has assumed a
   1-10  leadership role in this state; in 1915, it lobbied energetically
   1-11  for a compulsory education bill; it was instrumental in establishing
   1-12  the School of Journalism at The University of Texas; and
   1-13        WHEREAS, The second oldest organization of women in this
   1-14  state, Texas Press Women is a respected and professional
   1-15  organization; its determined efforts helped to abolish child labor
   1-16  iniquity, secure passage of the suffrage amendment, and found a
   1-17  state library and Texas Historical Center; and
   1-18        WHEREAS, During World War II, this eminent group helped
   1-19  achieve the formation of the "Women's Army" with prominent press
   1-20  woman Mrs. Oveta Culp Hobby as its leader; and
   1-21        WHEREAS, In 1984, Texas Press Women pledged to try to get
   1-22  the legislature to strengthen Texas' open meetings law and called
   1-23  on all members to act to support the Freedom of Information Act;
    2-1  and
    2-2        WHEREAS, Texas Press Women has the distinction of being
    2-3  one of five original members of the Freedom of Information Media
    2-4  Coalition, a group that is a watchdog for open records and open
    2-5  meetings legislation; and
    2-6        WHEREAS, During this past century, Texas Press Women has
    2-7  succeeded admirably in safeguarding our rights and privileges as
    2-8  citizens and is most worthy of legislative recognition; now,
    2-9  therefore, be it
   2-10        RESOLVED, That the Senate of the State of Texas,
   2-11  73rd Legislature, hereby commend and applaud the Texas Press Women
   2-12  for its 100 years of meritorious service; and, be it further
   2-13        RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution be prepared for
   2-14  the Texas Press Women as an expression of best wishes from the
   2-15  Texas Senate.
   2-16                                 _____________________________________
   2-17                                        President of the Senate
   2-18                                      I hereby certify that the
   2-19                                 above Resolution was adopted by
   2-20                                 the Senate on March 23, 1993.
   2-21                                 _____________________________________
   2-22                                        Secretary of the Senate
   2-23                                 _____________________________________
   2-24                                         Member, Texas Senate