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News Release | Democracy

STATEMENT: Anti-democracy bills rushed through without public input

Legislators in the House and Senate began hearing bills aimed at restricting voter access Thursday, less than two weeks after they were filed. Rep. Briscoe Cain, who is chairman of the House elections committee, ended a meeting without hearing from over 100 citizens who had signed up to testify. These bills would have sweeping negative impacts on voting access across the state. 

In response, TexPIRG Democracy Associate Lauren Banister issued the following statement

News Release | U.S. PIRG

Panelists offer insights on how to pay for cleaning up toxic waste ‘Superfund’ sites

U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) and the Center for Health, Environment & Justice hosted a webinar panel discussion on Thursday to discuss the findings from U.S. PIRG Education Fund’s recently published “Superfund Underfunded: How taxpayers have been left with a toxic financial burden” report. The expert speakers highlighted the dangers posed by toxic waste “Superfund” sites, how climate change will make those sites more dangerous as well as U.S. PIRG’s new Make Polluters Pay campaign to speed up Superfund cleanups and alleviate costs for taxpayers.

News Release | TexPIRG

Voting rights advocates urge lawmakers not to restrict ballot access

Senate State Affairs Chairman Bryan Hughes unveiled the text Friday for SB 7, his election integrity and security bill. The bill is cosponsored by 13 out of 18 Senate Republicans. The bill includes several harmful provisions that would further restrict access to the ballot for eligible voters. In response, TexPIRG Democracy Associate Lauren Banister issued the following statement. 

News Release | TexPIRG | Consumer Protection

Safe streets coalition slams HB19 for making roads more dangerous

A bill that the state House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee debated about Tuesday could put millions of Texans at risk on the road. House Bill 19, introduced by Rep. Jeff Leach, would alter state laws concerning citizens’ rights following a crash with a commercial vehicle. The bill would essentially shield careless corporations from the consequences of their actions when they put fleets of commercial vehicles on the roads.

News Release | US PIRG

Statement: FDA plans to reduce toxic metal in baby food

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Friday it will adopt a plan aimed at reducing toxic substances in food for babies and toddlers.


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