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Houston Breakthrough, February 1977 - Page 5. February 1977. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. August 1, 2015. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/feminist/item/4451/show/4434.

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Title Houston Breakthrough, February 1977
Publisher Breakthrough Publishing Co.
Date February 1977
Description Vol. 2 No. 2
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  • Periodicals
  • Feminism--United States--Periodicals
  • Newsletters
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  • Houston, Texas
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Transcript ) 'Meet your state legislators By Dolly McClary The 65th session of the Texas Legislature convened J anuary 11, bringing into service several former women legislators and a few newcomers. Although the total picture is discouraging in terms of legislative representation proportional to the state's female population, the situation is gradually improving. Texas now boasts 11 female legislators (one senator, 10 representatives), a net gain of three over the last session. AN told, about seven percent of Texas legislators are women. They represent urban and rural, wealthy and economically disadvantaged constituencies. They are old and young, Black, White and Chicana; married, single, widowed and divorced; with and without children. They come to the legislature from a variety of professional backgrounds and have a broad range of primary legislative interests. Breakthrough contacted each of these legislators and/or their staffs in an effort to acquaint readers with them and their legislative goals. We also talked to Betty King, who has just replaced Charles Schnabel as Secretary of the Senate - that body's chief administrator St. Rep. Chris Miller (third term, D-Ft. Worth), a former public relations consultant, is the first woman to serve in the House trom Tarrant County. She founded the Texas Women's Political Caucus in 1971. Miller has a long-standing interest in tax reform and was successful in the 64th session in passing legislation prohibiting the levying of taxes on taxes: levying state sales tax on federal excise taxed items She hopes to expand the scope of the bill in the current session. Miller carried the bill in the House last session to create a Commission on the Status of Women and will continue to work for passage this time around, anticipating greater support from both House members and the Governor's office. Other legislative plans include a bill which will seek to stiffen penalties for persons continually negligent in providing child support payments. Her bill will impose jail sentences in certain instances with "work release" provisions which will render them capable of meeting the payments. Miller is vice-chair of the Rules Committee and also serves on the Natural Resources Committee and on the Public Health and Welfare Committee, where >he chairs the Health Sub-com- nittee on Health. St. Rep. Wilhelmina Delco second term, D-Austin) is xustin's first Black female legis- ator. She was formerly both )oard member and secretary of ;he Austin Independent School District and Austin Community College. Delco couches her major legislative interests in terms of her concern about people as opposed to hardware projects, stating for instance that she is not "jumping up and down about highways". She is co-sponsoring legislation to provide state-supported services for displaced homemakers and education programs for teenage parents. After serving on the Public I ducation Committee in the 64th session, Delco served on the Interim Committee to Study Alternatives for Public School Finance where she chaired the subcommittee on Special School Populations. For the current session, she is vice-chair of the Public Education Committee and serves on its Appropriative Matters Subcommittee. She also serves on the Rules and Public Health and Welfare Committees Other priorities for Delco this session include examining medical malpractice legislation, strengthening the Public Utilities Commission, and reviewing the many versions of sunset legislation (i.e., if passed will set automatic expiration dates for state agencies unless the legislature can be convinced that they are operating effectively and efficiently, thereby providing economy incentives). BETTY ANDUJAR WILHELMINA DELCO Pa^e 4 • February 19/7 • Houston Breakthrough St. Sen. Betty Andujar (third term, R-Ft. Worth) is the fifth woman ever to serve in the Texas Senate. The first three women senators succeeded their husbands in office. They were followed by Barbara Jordan and Andujar, who served as "family firsts." Andujar served twelve years on the State Republican Executive Committee and in 1976 was elected Republican National Committeewoman from Texas. She was recently selected President Pro Tempore of the Senate which makes her the third ranking official in the state. (Jordan also served in this capacity.) She got her first chance to assume the duties of the Governor's office the following week when Governor Briscoe and Lieutenant Governor Hobby left the state to attend Carter's inauguration in Washington. Basically a conservative defender of the status quo, Andujar is not deaf to the needs of women in the state. During the last session she successfully carried legislation to create a State Commission on the Status of Women, a bill which unfortunately failed in the House. With increased support for the creation of the commission in the House and the Governor's office this session, Andujar expects to carry the bill through the Senate again. She currently serves on the State Affairs Committee, is vice-chair of the subcommittee on Nominations and serves on Human Resources and Intergovernmental Relations. Eddie Bernice Johnson (third term, D-Dallas) has been a practicing psychiatric nurse, an executive personnel consultant for Neiman-Marcus and is currently a consultant to Zales Corporation. She is currently vice-chair of the State Democratic Party. Johnson is chairing the Labor Committee for a second term, the first woman to chair a major committee in the House. She also serves on the Committee on Constitutional Amendments. Johnson has a strong record and broad commitment to anti-discrimination legislation. In the last session she was co-sponsor of the Human Relations Commission Bill, a broad anti-discrimination package which did not pass. A similar bill is again on the legislative agenda with evidence of increased support in both the House and the Senate. She is also sponsoring legislation to allow certain pregnant women to qualify for unemployment compensation (House Bill 41). As chair of the Labor Committee she will consider legislation to extend minimum wage coverage to all tipped employees (Watson, HB 288) and will review the programs and policies of the Texas Employment Commission, including its Affirmative Action Plan. St. Rep. Sarah Weddington (third term, D-Austin) was the first woman to serve in the House from Travis County. Her legislative accomplishments are impressive, but she is perhaps best known as the attorney who persuaded the U.S. Supreme Court to rule unconstitutional most state criminal laws against abortion. In the 64th session she co- sponsored a rape bill which reformed Texas' sexual abuse laws and which provided legal protection to victims. In the 63rd session she sponsored a bill making it illegal to deny credit on loans on the basis of sex. Students may remember her successful sponsorship of a bill placing a $6 per semester hour ceiling on building use fees at state colleges and universities. For the current session, Weddington has been assigned to the State Affairs and Elections Committees. Her interests and priorities include legislation on child care, family planning, licensing of midwives and insurance (specifically, rules changes for the State Board of Insurance). St. Rep. Irma Rangel (first term, D-Kingsville) is the first Chicana ever to be elected to the Texas legislature and the second in the nation to be elected to a state governing body. Rangel is currently a partner in the Garcia- Rangel Law Firm in Kingsville, and has taught in Texas, California, and Venezuela school systems. Hidalgo County, one of the poorest areas in the nation, falls in her district, and presents her with a unique set of problems and constituent concerns. In her district, for instance, over 60% of the population belong to migrant worker families. They leave their homes for about four months of the year, interrupting the education of their children. One of Rangel's long-range goals is to alter these conditions by working to increase the level of business, industry and social services in the valley, traditionally an economically depressed rural area. She is also vitally interested in the school finance bill and the attendant issues of property tax reform. Both issues are expected to dominate the legislature's agenda again this session. Her committee appointments include Business and Industry and Social Services. LOU NELLE SUTTON St. Rep. Lou Nelle Sutton (first term, D-San Antonio) succeeds her husband who died last summer. She ran unopposed for his seat and is the first woman to serve in the House from Bexar County. She spent years of grassroots organizing in Democratic politics and owns and manages Sutton-Sutton Mortuary in San Antonio. She has been appointed to the Appropriations Committee, one of the most powerful in the House, which considers all legislation requiring expenditures from the State Treasury. As a legislator, Sutton hopes to centralize and consolidate some state services in San Antonio by housing them in a single building which has already been purchased by the state. She is also interested in special education and compulsory liability insurance. Cover: St. Rep. Chris Miller