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Senator Hughes: Legislative Update

April 21, 2023

Legislative Update

  • Our bill requiring proof of citizenship to register to vote has passed the Senate (SB 1600). See more below.
  • Our anti-ESG bill also passed the Senate this week (SB 1446). Details below.
  • Ban on divisive DEI policies has passed the Senate (SB 17). Read more below.

Proof of Citizenship to Vote

Surely we can all agree that only U.S. citizens should get to vote in U.S. elections. SB 1600 will allow Texas to verify U.S. citizenship during the voter registration process. San Francisco and nine Maryland cities have allowed non-citizens to vote in local or school board elections. We will never allow this to happen in Texas.

Texas Leads the Fight Against ESG

Millions of Texans trusted firms like BlackRock and State Street to invest their hard-earned money, not realizing that some of these firms were using that money against Texas energy, Texas jobs, and the Texas economy.

In December, I summoned BlackRock and State Street to appear before our State Affairs Committee to testify under oath about what they’ve been doing with Texans’ money. At that hearing, we learned the problem was even worse than we thought.

In response, I authored SB 1446, which passed the Senate yesterday. This bill takes power away from those Wall Street firms and left-wing activists and makes sure that Texans’ money is being invested to benefit Texans.

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Banning DEI in Higher Education

In America, we strive for the promise that everybody gets a shot and an opportunity regardless of race or economic status, but DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) turns that idea on its head and divides us based on race.

We were shocked to learn that even “Conservative” Texas universities have multiple highly paid administrators whose sole purpose is enforcing DEI.

SB 17 makes sure there’s a level playing field for everyone, and that no one is discriminated against. I was proud to support this bill that re-enforces the American dream and protects students and faculty from discrimination.
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