Four New Laws Authored by Progressive Women Take Effect 1/1/2016

December 31, 2015
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December 31, 2015

Despite extreme odds, Annie’s List-endorsed legislators passed 80 new laws on broad topics

AUSTIN, TX – Tomorrow January 1, 2016, 4 new laws authored by 4 Annie’s List-endorsed legislators will take effect; 76 new laws have already been enacted. The new public policies taking effect on 1/1/2016 include:

  • HB 3610 by Rep. Nicole Collier (HD-95 Fort Worth) recognizes the struggles and contributions of African American Texans through commemorative Juneteenth license plates.

  • HB 706 by Rep. Jessica Farrar (HD-148 Houston) increases access to solar or wind-powered energy devices.

  • HB 1510 by Rep. Senfronia Thompson (HD-141 Houston) provides landlords with protection against liability solely for renting or leasing to someone with a criminal record. This new law therefore increases housing opportunities for formerly-incarcerated individuals and helps them provide for themselves, their families and their communities.

  • HB 127 by Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (HD-120 San Antonio) provides recognition of the bravery and service of Texas veterans who have received Commendation Medals through the issuance of commemorative license plates.

Officeholders are available for comment in their districts throughout Texas.

Annie’s List Executive Director, Patsy Woods Martin remarked, “Making a positive difference in the lives of hardworking Texans is what we expect from our elected officials. We applaud these legislative authors and all of the Annie’s List-endorsed Champion Lawmakers who worked tirelessly this past Session to pass 80 new laws which improve the lives of Texans in their districts and across the state. Woods Martin continued, “It is remarkable that even against extreme challenges, both partisan and institutional, a small but mighty delegation of Annie’s List-endorsed legislators not only deliver the State’s business, but also push the pendulum towards a less extreme government.” Woods Martin concluded, “As we celebrate their heroic accomplishments, we’re reminded they need more like-minded colleagues. Our work is far from over, but I remain hopeful and energized when I look towards 2016 – and beyond.”

A detailed report on the myriad laws being enacted and the effectiveness of Annie’s List-endorsed members is attached, and can be found here:

Annie’s List is a statewide political organization dedicated to changing the face of power in Texas by recruiting, training, supporting and electing progressive women to elected offices. Since its founding in 2003, Annie’s List has contributed over $4.5 million, trained thousands of women and helped elect and re-elect 25 progressive women to office.