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In a last-ditch effort to salvage payday loan reform, Rep. Mike Villarreal called on a recalcitrant Texas House committee to send legislation to the House.
Late into the night, the payday loan industry strutted its stuff before a very friendly House committee. The hearing came just a week after the Senate passed a surprisingly tough bill that the industry insists would shut down most of Texas’ 3,400 payday and auto-title storefronts. Even though the legislation aired last night is a faint shadow the Senate bill, it got a rough treatment from six of the seven committee members.
Reps. Johnson and Villarreal authored duplicate bills, HB 238 and HB 1146, that would propose to prohibit workplace discrimination against LGBTQ employees.
After hearing more than 100 amendments, only Rep. Mark Strama (Austin-D) and Rep. Naomi Gonzalez (El Paso-D) voted against HB 5.
State Rep. Mike Villarreal (D-San Antonio) wants the state to give parents to get more information about federally funded tutors. He tried to sell his idea to the House Public Education Committee on Tuesday.
Despite all evidence to the contrary, some conservative lawmakers argue that they actually increased school funding. It’s a dishonest myth with incredible staying power.