Get registered for Howard County Day at Capitol

It’s time for another Howard County Day at the State Capitol, a chance for our community to put its best foot forward in front of our elected representatives and their colleagues, and the deadline is rapidly approaching for those who want to join the group riding to Austin on a chartered bus.The trip to Austin is scheduled for Feb. 9, that’s about a month earlier than the trip two years ago. And that means now is the time to get a spot reserved on the bus. The deadline to make reservations is Friday.Remember, officials have had little trouble filling the chartered buses in the past, so it’s important to make reservations early for what will be an important day for our community.Legislators and other state officials are in the midst of what could wind up being the most difficult legislative session in decades. So, it’s important that our community take this opportunity to not only be noticed in Austin, but to use this opportunity to thank our state’s leaders for their hard work.Seats on the charter are again $40 per person and include a box lunch on the capitol grounds. Those who take their own cars will be asked to pay $10 for lunch and need to register by the Friday deadline, as well.In addition, all those planning to attend are asked to wear Big Spring shirts and khaki pants or skirts for the event. The new black shirts are $27 and available at the chamber office but must be ordered and prepaid by Wednesday.To register or obtain additional information, call the chamber office at 263-7641 or the Big Spring Economic Development Corp. at 264-6032.While the group makes its visit to both houses of the Legislature, a resolution will be read on the floor of the House and Senate declaring it Howard County Day in Austin, the lunch on the east grounds of the Capitol, a Coca-Cola and Blue Bell Ice Cream reception on the grounds and the taking of a group photo on the Capitol steps with legislators.As we've noted in the past, it’s important to remember the trip is designed as a chance to offer the community’s thanks to our legislators for their efforts. It’s not a chance to complain about things that we think are wrong, but to thank people for the things they do for us.So, make plans to join us in making another positive impression on our state’s lawmakers.You’ll have a good time and go a long way toward making sure Big Spring’s, Howard County’s and the rest of West Texas’ needs are considered during this crucial legislative session.