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Willies: Senfronia Thompson Responds to Rick Perry Veto of Fair Pay Act

Our friend, Egberto Willies provides exclusive reaction from State Rep. Senfronia Thompson after Rick Perry’s veto of the bipartisan Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. This was among several bipartisan bills, including bills to fund higher education programs, vetoed by Rick Perry.

Although Perry shows his hate of the federal government at any given opportunity, he doesn’t mind pushing women and minorities toward the Feds for relief–it just delays relief a lot longer. As he stated in his veto:

Texas’ commitment to smart regulations and fair courts is a large part of why we continue to lead the nation in job creation. House Bill 950 duplicates federal law, which already allows employees who feel they have been discriminated against through compensation to file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Thompson points to the Texas Association of Business’s opposition to the bill as the driving force behind Rick Perry’s veto. But she states the struggle is not over as she intends to bring it back up next session. For now, though, not much else can be done.

 

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Capitol Event: Texas HOPE Rally on Tuesday

Texas HOPE Capitol Rally
“Hispanics Organized for Political Education”

Date: Tue, January 8th, 2013
Place: South steps of the Capitol
Time: 9:00-4:00

Texas HOPE Capitol Rally Speakers List: 83rd Texas Legislative Session
12:30-1:30
Pledge of Allegiance and Prayer
1. Linda Chavez- HOPE member/Immediate Past LULAC State Director
2. Hector Flores- HOPE member/Past LULAC National President
3. Luis Figueroa- MALDEF Legislative coordinator
4. Lydia Camarillo- Director Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project
5. Juan Flores- Executive Director of La Fe Policy center
6. Bea Martinez- HOPE member/Chair of LEFT/board member GDHCC
7. Dr. Albert Cortez- IDRA funding policy analyst
8. Nick Peña- American G.I. Forum, veterans affairs liaison- San Antonio
9. Dr. Patricia Lopez- Associate Director NLERAP
10. Patricia Gonzales- Director WCVI
11. Gloria Leal- MABA representative

1:30-2:00
1. Cristina Garcia- Texas State Director for Young Adults/Collegiate councils
2. Henry Rodriguez- President of Los Zapatistas, San Antonio
3. Rene Lara- AFL/CIO
4. Fidencio Leija- Co-founder, LEUV PAC, Houston
5. Dr. C.P. Garcia- American G.I. Forum, Hector P. Garcia Chapter
6. Rene Martinez- HOPE member/Dallas District 3 Director

2:00-2:30
1. Montserrat Garibay- board member Educate Austin
2. Aurelio Montemayor- IDRA outreach coordinator
3. Mary Lou Canales- HOPE member/Texas State Director for Women
4. Elia Mendoza- Texas State Director, LULAC
5. Velma Ybarra- Texas HOPE Education Committee Chair
6. Rep. Roberto Alonzo/Rep. Trey Martinez-Fisher/Sen. Jose Rodriguez

2:30-3:00
1. Luis Juarez- President UT Longhorn Council
2. Placido Salazar- American GI Forum Commander, San Antonio
3. Alonzo Salas- Spokesperson for Voto Latino, Dallas
4. Cynthia Valadez- LEFT board officer/East Austin community activist
5. Austin ISD board member- Gina Hinojosa or Dr. Jaime Mathias
6. Steve Huerta- Organizer, All of Us or None

3:00-3:30
1. Carlos Manuel- District 3 Deputy Director, Dallas
2. Walter Trejo- ULI (University Leadership Institute) representative
3. Anayeli Marcos- ULI representative
4. Abigail Zapote- President of UT Dallas Council
5. Christopher Enriquez- President of Eastfield Collage/North TX Dream Team

NOTE: Any legislator who is a friend of the coalition who shows up will immediately be given time and introduced by the current speaker.