Genny Lutzel and I met today with Representative Keith Bell to personally thank him for working with us on the floor amendment to SB-25 that provides for an appeal process for revoked essential caregivers. We also gave him an SB-25 plaque and copy of our Texas Caregivers for Compromise photo journal. You may recall that the original bill did not provide for an appeal or re-instatement process which meant that revoked essential caregivers would have had no options but to move their loved ones to another facility or go to court if heightened emotions, misunderstandings and personality disputes created unresolved conflicts that resulted in revocation. This also left the door open for retaliatory and punitive removal of essential caregivers. But Representative Bell spent a ridiculous amount of time patiently listening to my arguments, reviewing our proposed language with Representative Frank, and personally responding to my bombardment of emails. It was then Representative Bell who put forth the floor amendment that added the establishment of an appeal process to SB-25 for revoked essential caregivers. I've told you before but say again how critical our bill is not just to Texas but to other states who use it as a starting place for their own essential caregiver legislation. This appeal provision is carried through to other states as well as our own! I don't have adequate words to properly put in context the responsiveness of the legislators who worked on this crisis with us from almost the very beginning of the pandemic - Senator Kolkhorst, Representative Frank, Representative Bell - and their commitment to the constituents they were elected to represent. Representative Bell says it quite simply, that essential caregivers were "the right thing to do" and this legislation will "never be walked back because it is still and always will be the right thing to do". He expressed admiration and gratitude for our group, but he warned us to be vigilant, to not let amendments to HHSC rules go unnoticed, to keep working for people in long-term care and, as if I scripted his words myself, he stressed how important it is that we do not go away. And, here's a first for me. Representative Bell asked me to sign his copy of our book, "Saving Them to Death". So in his book, I thanked him for his commitment and dedication to all Texans, no matter how frail or broken their lives may appear. We are Texas Caregivers for Compromise, and we are #notgoingaway!