I hope you were not a defendant of one of these suits. I think exterminators and us bee keepers should be able to work together on this. Bee keepers should work hard to keep bee alive, as we do and exterminators should utilize them through their businesses. :) .
State already know how important bee are to the economy of farming
so I think laws should be changed fairly easily if people, like you said write their representatives.
I have written mine already and hope all bee keepers in Texas and any other state that have the same laws do the same.
Mean while I will continue to go anywhere I am called to collect a swarm, with in my living area.
Have a nice Day. :D