It appears that Senator Hegar's office has been working with a lobbyist group affiliated with out pond cousins. Read below:
From: Jim Reaves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Wed, Mar 23, 2011 10:17 pm
Subject: Re: Senate Bill 1480 - Proposed New Law Governing Aquatic Plants
Please do not get fired up on this right now. We are working with Sen Hegar and he is not trying to hurt the industry. I have conversations daily with his office. Our industry is not being left out. He is the one who helped us out in January, and he is a friend. The approach you are taking right now is a bad idea and it could jeopardize the positive work we are doing. I am not sure if y'all are a member of TNLA, but this is what we do on a daily basis. I am at the Capitol most every day working on issues like this.
I am not trying to push down your enthusiasm, but let us handle this right now. If we need help contacting legislators, I promise I will ask.
Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs
Texas Nursery & Landscape Association
And in case you didn't know anything about the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association:
"The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association's Mission is to Enhance Members' Business Success Through Legislative/Regulatory Advocacy, Education, Networking, and Promotion of Professionalism."
THis is a link to their web site: http://www.txnla.org/
However, whatever information may be there on this topic is only available to association members ( $90 or more per year).