Today was the first day to file bills for the next session of the Texas legislature. With session only going for 140 days every other year it’s always a rush. Fortunately our founding fathers put in a system that makes it very difficult to pass a bill and very easy to kill one. When we want reform that’s annoying, but it prevents a lot of bad ideas from becoming law, and that’s a good thing.

Whether you’re interested in getting a bill passed or killed, or just discussing an idea with your legislator, this panel featuring Texas Representative Jonathan Stickland, Senator Van Taylor, and Representative Matt Rinaldi offers some great tips on what to do and not do to further your cause: