We’re starting the Special Session with a rally to protect the freedom to vote. Thanks Black Votes Matter for organizing! #LetTexansVote #BlackVotesMatter
Have to shout out @RepToniRoseTX’s comment on the “critical race theory” bill to gag teacher’s from teaching about racism and current events.

“If black kids have to experience racism, then white kids can learn about it.”
Multiple issues on the Governor’s call disproportionately effect black Texans:

😡 Making it harder to vote

😡 Keeping poor Texans locked up before they’re convicted of a crime

😡 Gagging educators from teaching about race and current events
Ack, got the name wrong. @BlackVotersMtr! Apologies!

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9 Jul
Hey y'all--come on out testify at the Capitol TOMORROW against House Bill 3--the bill that's trying to erode the freedom to vote here in Texas. Public testimony is so important in this process, and we need your help. The House hearing is at 8am and the Senate's is at 11am.
Never testified before? No worries! To sign up to provide in-person oral or written testimony, visit hwrs.house.texas.gov. This link ONLY WORKS when on Capitol WIFI. You can also go inside to use a Capitol kiosk (locations here: mytxlegis.capitol.texas.gov/hwrspublic/abo…) to sign up.
Make sure you can read your testimony in under 3 minutes. If you have more to say, you can prepare two versions: one oral that will be subject to the time limit, and one written. Written testimony can be as long as you like (be sure to print enough copies to give the committee).
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8 Jul
Today, I filed HB 118, which would allow Texas college students to vote using their student IDs. This is the 3rd time I've filed this bill--earlier this year, it was voted out of the elections committee and set on the last day of the calendar, but it never made it to the floor.
This bill will help remove barriers to voting for college students. The only reason to not allow these students to use their student IDs for voting is if you don’t want young people to vote. Other forms of state ID are accepted, including concealed carry licenses.
I’ve seen Texas State University students turned away from the polls or forced to vote provisionally, because they routinely only carry their student IDs on campus. The purpose of voter ID is not to establish eligibility--that is done through the registration process--
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16 Jun
Thread: Let's talk about the grid and the current @ERCOT_ISO conservation notice.

1st off: #ERCOT's current conservation notice is this:

Conserve electricity during peak hours, most importantly 3pm to 7pm.

This conservation notice will remain in effect through at least Friday.
For my family, this means our thermostat is set at 80, the lights are off unless we absolutely need them, we're not using large appliances, and we unplugged most of our other appliances.

All of this things save energy and help make sure our demand doesn't exceed supply.
Why is that important? Because if demand exceeds supply, our grid starts to fail. And to avoid failure and catastrophic damage, ERCOT would have to order load shed. Which means some of us would experience power outages and we'd risk damage to our electrical infrastructure.
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29 May
🧵 So let’s talk about what happened HB 3979, the “critical race theory” bill yesterday.

I put it in quotes because no one behind this legislation seems to know what critical race theory is.

Yesterday, @jamestalarico and I argued a point of order that sent it back the Senate.
Big thanks to @RepMaryGonzalez who found the point of order and unfortunately was unable to be on the floor to call it.

This type of point usually kills a bill, but the Senate did use an unusual parliamentary move to keep the bill alive, and it is on its way to the Governor.
But let’s back up a few steps. The bill as it hit the House floor for social studies curriculum: 1. Required the State Board of Education to incorporate certain founding documents into the TEKS, 2. Banned schools from requiring teachers to teach current events,
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27 May
All session I’ve heard from folks that they want to pass anti-trans legislation because they believe it will protect women and children.

Well, since we beat those bills, some of those same folks are now killing two bill guaranteed to protect them: HB 133 and HB 290. #txlege
HB 133 by @RepToniRoseTX would extend Medicaid coverage for pregnant women to a year after delivery, instead of 60 days. Half of all postpartum deaths occur more than 50 days postpartum. Half of all Texas births are covered by Medicaid. This bill would save the lives of new moms.
HB 290 by @CortezPhilip would prevent eligible children from being incorrectly removed from Medicaid coverage due to paperwork delays or errors. It would improve children’s health and reduce administrative red tape. It is also a lifesaving bill for our kids.
Read 6 tweets
16 Apr
I’m still reeling from HB 1399 being voted out of committee hours after our hearing and before the virtual testimony portal was closed.

This bill attacks transgender youth. Brave children stood up and spoke their truths, but the bill was still voted on party lines. #txlege 1/
No matter how many times the proponents say that this bill is about protecting children, it’s not. This bill is about removing options to affirming care that is widely accepted by medical experts because of prejudice and fear of those who are different. 2/
The big lie: “Young children are being castrated.”

The truth: Children (and their families) who identify as transgender or are questioning their gender identity are supported by a multidisciplinary team that helps them navigate age appropriate decisions as a family. 3/
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