Senator Bob Deuell

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 4, 2007
CONTACT: Don T. Forse, Jr.
(512) 463-0102

MARY WILSON TO TESTIFY BEFORE SENATE BUSINESS AND COMMERCE COMMITTEE

Will Offer Support for House Bill 54

AUSTIN -- On Tuesday, State Senator Bob Deuell (R-Greenville) will present House Bill 54 before the Senate Committee on Business and Commerce. House Bill 54 relates to the advertising, conducting and promoting of live musical performances.

Set to testify before the committee is Mary Wilson, an influential recording artist, stage performer and co-founder of The Supremes - the best-selling American band of the sixties. In addition to her accomplishments as a recording artist, Wilson has written a best-selling autobiography, performed on stage and screen, lectured and toured the world, and continues to be looked up to as a singer who set the standard for females in the recording industry. In 2001, Wilson was appointed by then-Secretary of State Colin Powell as a Cultural Ambassador of the United States. More information on Ms. Wilson can be found at www.marywilson.com.

House Bill 54, authored by Rep. Norma Chavez (D - El Paso) and sponsored in the Texas Senate by Deuell, deals with imposter bands who perform under the name of a famous recording group. Currently, these bands can do this without having even one original member of the group.

The Senate Business and Commerce Committee meeting will begin at 9:00am on Tuesday, May 8 in the Betty King Senate Committee Room. Ms. Wilson will have a media availability immediately following her testimony.

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