New Maps Must be Drawn Immediately

Today's ruling on the state House map proved what we've known all along -- Republicans in the Legislature cynically and intentionally divided minority voters so Republicans could enhance their power. By doing so, Latinos and African-Americans saw their ability to elect the candidate of their choice diminished. As the ruling clearly states, "The impact of the plan was certainly to reduce minority voting opportunity statewide, resulting in even less proportional representation for minority voters." This is shameful and unacceptable - new maps must be drawn im

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Halt Investments in Russia

Today, I filed HCR 128, urging Congress to halt investments in Russia until federal investigations into election tampering and related interference have been completed. Regardless of political party, we should all be outraged that the Russian government meddled in our presidential election. It's time for Congress to send a strong message to Vladimir Putin and his allies that playing games with our elections comes with a price. Since last summer, evidence has been mounting regarding Russia's involvement in the 2016 United States presidential election.  Instances of interf

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Voter ID Ruling

Rep. Chris Turner Statement on Voter ID Ruling Today, for the fifth time since 2011, a federal court has ruled that the Republican leadership in Texas intentionally discriminated against minority voters.  It’s shameful that GOP leaders have been found to have intentionally discriminated at all – let alone more than in any other state in the country this decade. It is past time that Republicans drop their defense of discrimi

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Budget Recap: Democrats Succeed

Budget Recap: House Democrats Successfully Fought to Put Texas Kids and Families First House Democrats succeeded in making the House version of the budget better.  Led by Rep. Sergio Muñoz and Rep. Ina Minjarez, House Democrats successfully added more money to Child Protective Services and foster care and Rep. Muñoz added an additional $21.5 million towards reversing the cuts made to acute therapy services for kids. Rep. Garnet Coleman secured vital funding for mental health crisis services. Additionally, Rep. Abel Herrero led the successful passage of an anti-voucher am

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#TXKidsMatter

Actions have consequences. Last session, in a backroom deal made during the 11th hour of the 84th Legislative Session, a Medicaid "cost-savings" measure was tacked on to the two-year state budget.  The result -- an estimated 60,000 low-income children were put in jeopardy of losing access to speech, occupational and physical therapy. Since then, providers of these services have been fighting to keep their doors open. Last week, my staff met with an Arlington-based provider that serves 500 North Texas children covered by Medicaid.  As a result of the draconian rate cuts, in just

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