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HDC’s Education Work Group Discusses 2021 Priorities

On September 30, Representatives from the House Democratic Caucus’ Education Work Group hosted a live discussion on Facebook to share the Caucus’ education priorities, and how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped those priorities. The event was led by Rep. Alma Allen (D-Houston), Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg), Rep. Harold Dutton (D-Houston), Rep. Mary González (D-Clint), Rep. …

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HDC’s Health Care Work Group Discusses 2021 Priorities

On September 16, Representatives from the House Democratic Caucus’ Health Care Work Group hosted a live discussion on Facebook to share Caucus priorities for next session, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic has shaped those priorities. HDC Chair Chris Turner was joined by Representatives Garnet Coleman (Houston), John Bucy (Austin), Lina Ortega (El Paso), …

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Hair Love Missing in Texas: TLBC Announces Plan to File CROWN Act

Discrimination remains an active and poisonous force throughout Texas. House Democrats have the responsibility to fight policies that oppress members of our community. It is our duty to create an equitable playing field, where all voices, religions, traditions, and races are represented and celebrated.    DeAndre Arnold’s story spurred a long-ignored conversation in Texas. As …

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ACLU Files Lawsuit Against ICE – Allegations of Human Rights Violations

State-level legislation provides our members with significant opportunity to change Texans’ lives for the better. At the same time, many issues that deeply affect our constituents are still in the hands of the federal government. However, this does not exempt State officials from continually advocating and supporting policies that defend human rights and protect our …

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Budget Night: 2019

Yesterday the Texas House debated the budget for nearly 12 hours, eventually approving the $251 billion that will fund numerous programs and agencies. This budget came to the floor with many key Democratic priorities. We owe a big ‘thank you’ to the Democrats on the Appropriations Committee who helped shape this bill. In several ways, …

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The Halfway Point

Today is the 70th day of the 86th Legislature, the halfway point in our 140-day regular session. Of course, in many ways, the session is just beginning – but will ramp up very quickly in the days and weeks ahead. Tomorrow, the House will consider legislation on the floor for the first time this session.  Today, the …

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Texas House Democrats are already making their presence known

With the start of the 86th Legislative Session last Tuesday, House Democrats have already begun to make their presence known at the Capitol:   Wednesday, the Texas House voted for a bipartisan effort to strengthen sexual harassment policies. Reps. Donna Howard and Nicole Collier played a major role in crafting the policy, along with other …

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HDC Issues Schools

Update: Less schools funded, less insured by health care

Improving public education and increasing access to quality, affordable health care are two of the biggest priorities of our caucus. Last week, we got upsetting news about each.   On education, we learned that the Texas Education Agency has requested more than $3 billion less for our local schools for the next biennium. Rising property taxes will …

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