Lawmakers Set To Hear Civil Rights Bills

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AUSTIN (AP) – Lawmakers are set to consider several proposals on the rights of workers in Texas.

The House Committee on Economic & Small Business Development plans to convene Wednesday morning. One bill scheduled to come before it is a proposal by Rep. Senfronia Thompson. The Houston Democrat proposes increasing how much information the state gathers on wage discrimination complaints.

Another by Democratic Sen. Jose Rodriguez of El Paso would penalize companies that “act in bad faith” by failing to pay their workers.

Bills by Democratic Reps. Mike Villarreal of San Antonio and Eric Johnson of Dallas would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression. Similar bills have failed in past legislative sessions, and a companion Senate bill has been left pending since a hearing three weeks ago.

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