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October 1, 2014


Governor Rick Perry Vetoes Texas Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act – Author Senfronia Thompson Reacts (VIDEO)

Today Texas Governor Rick Perry vetoed House Bill 950 (HB 950). HB 950 would have brought Texas into compliance with the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009 signed by President Barack
Obama. The bill makes it easier for women to sue employers over wage discrimination between their male counterparts.

Above is the interview with Texas District 141 Representative and Chair of the Local and Consent Calendars Senfronia Thompson, the author of HB 950. She states that she was shocked and disappointed that Texas Governor Rick Perry vetoed the bill. She said she meticulously worked with Republicans to formulate a bill that could garner support in from both parties in both chambers of the legislature.

The bill was passed in the Texas House on April 25th, 2013. It passed the Texas Senate on May 22nd, 2013. The bill was passed by a bipartisan legislature that is dominated by Republicans.

Rick Perry statement about his veto follows.

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 950 as passed by the Eighty-Third Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:

Texas’ commitment to smart regulations and fair courts is a large part of why we continue to lead the nation in job creation. House Bill 950 duplicates federal law, which already allows employees who feel they have been discriminated against through compensation to file a claim with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Since the Eighty-Third Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 14th day of June, 2013.

RICK PERRY
Governor of Texas [source]

Representative Thompson vows to bring up the bill in the next legislature. She said she will bring it up until it passes. “It took me a long time to get the Hate Crimes bill passed but I was persistent” said Representative Thompson.

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