May 31, 2017
Well, that was one for the history books…and not in a good way.
But before I dwell on the legislative session, let me share what is arguably some of the best news ever.
My son Preston and daughter-in-law Catherine will have a baby girl in late November.
Yeah, I’m going to be a grandfather. I’m very excited and happy, even though everyone makes fun of me because I get all worked up and weepy every time we talk about it. My brother Kyle better delete the voicemail I left him when I was barely able to choke through telling him the good news.
It’s really wonderful.
The future daddy
And now for all that other news
The 85th Legislature wrapped up on Monday after 140 days filled with tension and conflict, which came spilling out on the House floor on what’s typically a celebratory final day.
I’m still wrapping my head around what happened during this legislative session and would love to talk to you about it. I hope you join me on June 6 at 7PM for a tele-town hall, and I’ll take your questions.
So much strength
Looking for bright spots, I keep going back to the strength of the young women who came to the Capitol to testify on behalf of my bills aimed at supporting survivors of sexual assault. They told a committee of strangers about their most terrifying and terrible moment. And with their words, they convinced everyone in that hearing that the Legislature had to act.
We didn’t get everything we hoped for, but three of those bills are now headed to the governor’s desk for his signature.
Campus sexual assault is shockingly common, and we need to change the culture on campus if we’re going to stop it. To change that culture, a good place to start was with changing state law to respect and protect survivors. With these bills, I’m hopeful that we opened some eyes and minds.
We saw that same strength from the hundreds of people who showed to testify against discriminatory bills, such as Senate Bill 4 and Senate Bill 6, and the folks who came to the Capitol on Monday to exercise their First Amendment rights by protesting.
I want to talk to you about all of this and more, so please join me on Tuesday, June 6, for the tele-town hall at 7PM. I’ve done this several times over the years and really enjoy being able to talk to lots of people and it’s really convenient for you.
If you want to join the conversation, click here and fill out the form to request that we include you in the tele-town hall. You’ll receive a call to the number you provide at 7PMon June 6th. I need you to sign up using the form so I have your permission to call on whatever number you provide.
We’ll try to get to as many people as we can. I hope you’ll participate. It should be a good opportunity to discuss the topics we all care about.