It is important for me to hear from you about your concerns and opinions on the important matters facing the Texas Legislature. Be sure to save the date for my next town hall on Saturday, April 11, 2015. The location will be announced in next week’s Notes & Noticias.
On Wednesday, the Texas House took up and considered House Bill 80 by Representative Craddick of Midland. This bill would ban texting while driving across the state — a policy that is already in effect in Austin.
The debate struck an interesting balance between personal liberty and public safety. While I support Austin’s hands-free ordinance, I thought it would be interesting to see what you had to say about this proposal. I took an unscientific poll on Facebook and the response was overwhelmingly affirmative. Austinites understand that texting while driving not only endangers the texter, but others on the road. That is why I voted for this common-sense and bipartisan piece of legislation.
Pregnant Workers Fairness Act
My staff and I have been following a Supreme Court case involving a UPS worker pursuing a discrimination lawsuit following her pregnancy. Today, the Supreme Court sent the case back to the lower courts, ruling the pregnant worker, Peggy Young, should get a chance to demonstrate she was treated differently from “a large percentage of non-pregnant workers” who were offered workplace accommodations.
Stories like Peggy’s are the reason I filed the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act for Texas, which would require employers to provide reasonable workplace accommodations for pregnant employees.
The Supreme Court’s ruling will most certainly give more momentum to the national and state bills relating to pregnant workers accommodations.