For a state legislator, what happened Thursday morning is not the usual way to start the day. State Sen. Craig Estes was about to lay out a bill that would protect religious objections to gay marriage, but was told he couldn’t do it because state Sen. Jose Menendez had blocked the proposed legislation, though just temporarily…Read […]
State Rep. Rafael Anchia knows that his climate change bills have about a snowball’s chance in a warmer globe of passing. Even so, the Democrat from Dallas has held two climate change hearings in his position as chairman of the House International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee…Read More Here.
AUSTIN—Dallas Democrats on Monday pushed for the state to take a front seat role in climate change preparedness and draft a blueprint for cutting greenhouse gas emissions. But their proposals are likely to get the cold shoulder in Texas…Read More Here.
Gay adoption took center stage at the Texas Legislature on Wednesday. Prior to a hearing on a bill that would permit faith-based adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBT people, Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) delivered an impassioned speech on the House floor in support of a proposal to allow the adopted children of same-sex couples to have accurate birth certificates…Read more […]
A Dallas lawmaker urged the House Wednesday to back his bill allowing both same-sex parents to be listed on adopted children’s updated birth records. Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, said he’s chagrined colleagues on the House State Affairs Committee won’t vote out his bill, which he said would ease hardship for some adopted children and their unconventional families…Read […]
Texas lawmakers and top business leaders vowed Tuesday to kill two proposed constitutional amendments they say will promote anti-gay discrimination and could lead to backlash similar to recent reactions in Indiana and Arkansas… Read more here.
Hoping to avoid a repeat of the economic backlash seen in Indiana after lawmakers there passed a controversial religious freedom law, one of Texas’ most influential business organizations joined the Lone Star state’s gay and lesbian community and civil rights activists to denounce similar measures under consideration by Texas lawmakers….Read more here.
The head of the Texas Association of Business joined civil rights groups and legislators who oppose proposed constitutional amendments and bills that would discriminate against the gay and transgender community…Read more here.
I would like to commend Rep. Rafael Anchia for bringing the issue of the Trinity Parkway to light in the state Legislature. The argument has been made that the state should not be involved in city matters. But with the city facing more than a $900 million shortfall for this project, it is only natural […]
Just months after efforts to transform Dallas ISD into a home-rule charter failed, a new bill filed in the Texas Legislature proposes to overhaul the district with some of the same options. The bill, by Rep. Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, would allow local voters to decide whether to reshape how the Dallas Independent School District is governed […]