Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has vetoed a bill, HB 950, that would prevent wage discrimination against women.
The bill that passed the Senate in April and in the House in late May, would bring Texas state law in line with the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Women would be able to recover two years of compensation for discriminatory wage payments.
A spokeswoman for the bill’s House author, Rep. Senfronia Thompson, D-Houston, said Perry’s office called to announce Perry had vetoed it.
Thompson said she was “deeply disappointed” and “heartbroken.” “Women will still have to struggle to receive their equal pay for their equal work.”
Houston Chronicle reported that Thompson said Perry’s office objected to her legislation because it duplicated federal law.
Yet another example of Republicans blocking equality for women. And another reason the Equal Rights Amendment is needed. Fair and equal pay would be federal law. These state battles would no longer take place. Let your local and state representatives know you want the ERA, otherwise, expect more news like this.
|Kimberley A. Johnson (BIO) – A.K.A. The Anti Coulter is the author of The Virgin Diaries and an activist for women’s rights. Like her on Facebook, Twitter or friend her on FB HERE.|