The pause button has been pushed indefinitely for Texas
legislation that country legend Willie Nelson calls "troubling to say the
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
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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