Monday, July 24, 2017
Moni's Commentary On The SB 3 Hearing
With only 48 hours notice, we had even more people show up and comment than we did back in March in front of this same Republican dominated committee.
And I was sitting in my hotel room in the early AM Pacific time watching them online until I had to bounce for my SDCC business and a podcast interview.
After ten hours of testimony on Friday. the transphobic bill authored by Lois 'I'm a transphobe' Kolkhorst was voted out of committee by the same 8-1 deja vu vote. That reprehensible DINO Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr (DINO-Brownsville) once again joined the all white GOP oppressors, while Sen.Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), as she did back in March, voted NO.
Meanwhile SB 3 heads to the Senate floor for a possible vote later today.
I wasn't surprised at the Senate State Affairs Committee outcome. It was always going to be an uphill battle in Potty Dan's overwhelmingly white male Senate legislative playground. The Senate State Affairs committee is also overwhelmingly white and male like the Texas Senate is.
The GOP Texas Senate leadership is also blitzkrieging all the oppression legislation through, and there's not much the Democratic minority can do besides offer a lot of amendments to bills or filibuster them.
We have already lost according to the testimony from convention groups in Houston, Dallas, Austin, El Paso, and San Antonio $66 million worth of convention business.
Mayor Sylvester Turner in his letter expressing opposition to SB 3 stated that Houston has already lost a convention worth $11 million dollars, and stands to lose my mom's sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha) convention next year worth $15 million if SB 3 becomes law.
The House is not playing the Senate's speedball game. They are only working on the must pass sunset legislation, and taking their sweet time doing so as the clock mercifully and inexorably ticks down to the end of this 30 day Special Oppression Session.
And there isn't a damned thing Gov. Abbott or Potty Dan can do about it.
So stay tuned, we only lost a legislative battle. The war to stop SB 3 from passing ain't over yet.
And win this fight we must for our trans kids.