Texas Censorship Bill On Hold; Willie Nelson Speaks Out

Willie Nelson finds the bill "troubling."

The pause button has been pushed indefinitely for Texas

legislation that country legend Willie Nelson calls "troubling to say the

least."

Senate Bill 1923, which would prevent state entities from investing

in record companies and their parent corporations if they produce "obscene"

works, was left pending yesterday (May 20) after a public hearing on the bill

was interrupted for 11 hours by other legislative activity.

The hearing by

the State House of Representatives' Pensions & Investments Committee lasted

only two hours before committee members were called to the House floor to

attend to other matters. Although the body reconvened briefly last night, there

was no vote taken.

Before the interruption, Republican committee chair

Barry Telford was presented with written testimony from Nelson, a lifelong

Texan. "I have read the bill and it doesn't take a lawyer to figure out that

this bill attacks a tremendous variety of music," wrote the singer, "including

songs I have written and recorded.

"If this bill were to pass, the music

censorship board in Texas would have to sell all the stock they own in my

record company, or any corporation which played, promoted, or even advertised

my album. In a free country, I find that troubling to say the

least."

Nelson went on to explain that, "Like a great many artists, I speak

quite frankly with my audience. Often times it is the only way to talk about

certain subjects and situations that some may find unpleasant but are a very

real part of America. Country music does it, the blues does it, rock does it,

opera does it and so does rap."

SB 1923, which was sponsored...

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