The 85th Texas Legislature is in full swing with committee meetings and bill preparation underway. It is hard to believe that it is already the seventh week and that we are nearly one-third of the way done with the legislative session. Here is some useful information and key moments from last week.
Valentine's for West Dallas Seniors
As part of an annual tradition, I was delighted to provide Valentine's Day gifts for some of the seniors in West Dallas. I take every opportunity I can to give back to the community in which I grew up.
Meeting with Student Leaders
Last week, I had the privilege of meeting with student leaders from the University of Texas at Austin's Black Graduate Student Association and Thurgood Marshall Legal Society. It was an honor to hear their future plans and have the opportunity to discuss progressive public policy and what they can do to help advance the interests of young minorities in the State of Texas.
Dallas CASA Stops By
Last Thursday, Dallas CASA visited my Capitol office. CASA stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates is a national organization that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused and neglected children in order to provide victims with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.
Apartment Association of Greater Dallas Visit
Last week, the Apartment Association of Greater Dallas stopped by my Capitol office for their Capitol Advocacy Day. I enjoyed learning more about their legislative priorities for the 85th Texas Legislature.
Letter to the Texas Secretary of State
Last week, I wrote a letter to Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos requesting that he share all evidence of voter fraud in Texas during the 2016 presidential election. Since the Trump administration and Texas Governor Greg Abbott insist on making unfounded allegations of widespread voter fraud, we need to see the facts. These claims attack the very foundation of our democracy and are being used to fuel a new wave of voter suppression legislation. The public deserves to see the evidence which supports these allegations, if it exists. Read more about my letter in this Dallas Morning News article.
Young Elected Officials Panel Discussion
The Young Texans Legislative Caucus (YTLC) is partnering with the Millennial Action Project (MAP) to host a "Young Elected Officials Panel Discussion" at the Texas Capitol on Monday, February 27, 2017 from 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM. A reception will follow from 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.