Capitol Report: African American Legislative Summit, NBC Interview, & More

Posted by Troy Williams on March 07, 2017 at 5:58 PM

As we officially kick off the third month of the 85th Texas Legislature, bill preparation is fully underway and the bill filing deadline is quickly approaching.  Here are some highlights from last week.

2017 African American Legislative Summit

Last week was the Texas Legislative Black Caucus' 2017 African American Legislative Summit.  The summit's events included a Chair's Award Gala honoring Mr. Roland Parrish, a scholarship banquet at which three District 100 constituents each won $1,500 scholarships, and a Community Awards Breakfast at which I was able to present the 2017 Outstanding Texan Award to my good friend, Reverend Donald Parish, Sr.  

Representative Johnson with District 100's 2017 Outstanding Texan Award Recipient, Reverend Donald Parish, Sr. and his family at the TLBC Community Awards Breakfast.

Representative Johnson with Representative Toni Rose at the TLBC Scholarship Banquet.

Representative Johnson with De Soto Mayor Curtistene McCowan at the TLBC Community Awards Breakfast.

Representative Johnson with Representative Alma Allen at the TLBC Community Awards Breakfast.

Young Elected Officials Panel Discussion

The Young Texans Legislative Caucus' 2017 Young Elected Officials Panel Discussion was a tremendous success.  I would like to thank our panelists and the Millennial Action Project for helping to coordinate this important event.  Our panelists engaged the audience in an excellent discussion aimed at encouraging millennials to get involved in the political process and eventually run for office.  Panelists included Millennial Action Project State Caucus Director Cherisse Eatmon, Lancaster City Councilwoman Nina Morris, De Soto City Councilwoman Candice Quarles, Travis County Democratic Party Chairman Vincent Harding, and former Wisconsin Assemblyman Mandela Barnes.

From the Left: Mandela Barnes, Representative Diego Bernal, Cherisse Eatmon, Representative Chris Turner, YTLC Chairman Representative Eric Johnson, Representative Victoria Neave, YTLC Vice Chairman Representative Chris Paddie, and Millennial Action Project Founder Steven Olikara

First Committee Meetings

Committee meetings for the 85th Texas Legislature have begun and I am excited to work with my colleagues in the Texas House on the issues that matter to the people of Texas.

Habitat for Humanity Stops By

Last week, I met with community advocates from Habitat for Humanity who were visiting the Texas Capitol as part of their advocacy day.  I was happy to talk to them about my bill to preserve the availability of affordable housing in West Dallas.  

Letter to the Secretary of State

I sent a letter to Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos on February 17, 2017 requesting that he turn over any information he has concerning voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.  After receiving no response to my first letter, I sent a second letter on March 3, 2017 reiterating my request and also have asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton for assistance in obtaining this information.  We deserve to know the facts about voter fraud in Texas.

Texas Leadership Forum Event

On Sunday, I joined my friend and former colleague, the Honorable Kenneth Sheets, to speak to young members of the Texas Leadership Forum.  I enjoyed talking to them about the value of networking and community service.  

Lone Star Politics Interview

Last week, I filed House Bill 2480, a bill to protect West Dallas residents from involuntary displacement due to gentrification. There is no doubt that development is needed in West Dallas, but we have to make sure that development does not cost hardworking families their homes.  I was fortunate to have the opportunity to talk about my bill on NBC 5's Lone Star Politics on Sunday.  Watch my interview here.

Stay tuned for more updates next week! 

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