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May 28, 2015

One year ago today, Houston City Council successfully passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, or HERO, after hearing hours of moving testimony from hundreds of supporters.

May 27, 2015

The following was published in the Austin American Statesman on Tuesday, May 26:

My name is Vero Higareda. I am 21 years old. I am an immigrant Latina. I am a student at the University of Texas-Pan American. And I oppose House Bill 3994.

May 26, 2015

Republicans in the Texas legislature spent the long weekend pushing cruel legislation—by any means necessary—that would place more barriers in between vulnerable Texans and their access to abortion care. These politicians have proven time and time again that they will stop at nothing to restrict abortion access.

Senate Republicans Change Rules to Give Abusive and Absentee Parents Control

May 22, 2015

Last week—and for the third time this session—Texas House Republicans voted against equal pay legislation that would help put Texas on the track toward closing the gender pay gap.

May 22, 2015

Ed. note: this post was originally published on May 14, 2015. It has been updated to reflect recent legislative developments.

Last week, Republicans in the Texas House of Representatives passed House Bill 3994, which would, among other things, effectively ban abortions for abused and neglected teens. The bill is being fast-tracked through the Senate.

May 20, 2015

Ed. note: this post was originally published on May 15, 2015. It has been updated to reflect recent legislative developments.

May 14, 2015

Earlier this year, it was an unexpected measles outbreak. Then on Wednesday, May 13th, the University of Texas at Austin reported its 3rd case of mumps.

With these traditionally rare diseases making the news, it's time to ask the question:

Will Texas make any progress in the fight to ensure Texas school children are vaccinated?

May 14, 2015
Ed. note: The following is a guest-post from Heather Fazio, the Texas Political Director for the Marijuana Policy Project and the leader of our marijuana policy reform coalition, Texans for Responsible Marijuana Policy.
 

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