Friday was the 60th day of the 83rd legislature. Although time has gone by quickly, I’m amazed with what we’ve accomplished since January.
I have been working ardently to continue conversations with our state leaders about funding our classrooms. Yesterday, I met with the Attorney General’s office to speak about school finance. I was informed about the status of the lawsuit since its decision in sistrict court. I also expressed my opinion that Attorney General Greg Abbott should push for a legislative solution to funding our classrooms now. It was an incredibly productive meeting, and I’m looking forward to continue working to solve the issues facing Texas school finance.
I have also filed several bills to promote the rights of women and LGBT folk.
HB 2160, 2161, and 2178 are bills that work to expand reproductive health care coverage to young women in our state. I believe in working to achieve pragmatic, practical solutions to expand, instead of restrict, women’s health care in Texas.
To move toward ending discrimination in Texas, I filed HB 2402 and 2403. HB 2402 goes a long way to prevent discrimination of students, teachers, and other employees of a school, while HB 2403 gives the same protections to LGBT teens that are provided to heterosexual youth. When I spoke at the Equality Texas Lobby Day Rally last week, I was able to hear the stories of many individuals and families who are fighting against discrimination in our state.We have a long way to go, but I am proud to be a part of the progress happening here in Texas.
I also presented my first bill in a committee last Wednesday. HB 941 promotes government-to-government relations between Texas government and the three federally-recognized native tribes in Texas: the Tiguas, the Kickapoo, and the Alabama-Coushatta. This is a great step towards promoting positive communications between our native communities and Texas government. I’m proud that I will be able to continue moving this legislation forward!
Finally, our agriculture forum from March 2nd was an incredible success! I also had the opportunity to write an op-ed for El Paso Inc. on the importance of agriculture in our community. You can read it here. The El Paso Times Editorial Board has also written in support of my dairy farm legislation, which you can read here.
With less than 80 days to go, time cannot be wasted. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished so far, and what we’ll continue to do!