NYRA was the only organization testifying on behalf of the voting age bill, though several other organizations signed on their support. Justin, a senior at the University of Texas, spoke in favor of House Bill 482 and House Joint Resolution 29, the bills introduced by Rep. Ron Wilson (D-Houston) back in January. NYRA sent out a press release about the testimony. The only opposing testimony was given by the Texas Republican party. Since there weren’t enough committee members present to vote on the bill it has been left pending. NYRA member Justin Webb vows to continue “to do some grassroots lobbying throughout the coming weeks with incessant phone calls, visits and delivery of pertinent literature.” NYRA’s efforts in Texas joins similar attempts to lower the voting age in Florida, North Dakota, the United Kingdom, Canada, Jerusalem, Alaska, and Washington, DC.

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