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Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr.: District 27
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Press Release
June 14, 2013
Contact: Daniel Collins
General Counsel & Press Secretary
Senator Lucio Statement on Veto of Texas Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

AUSTIN — Today, Senator Eddie Lucio, Jr. (D-Brownsville) releases the following statement on the occasion of Governor Rick Perry's veto of Texas' Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, House Bill 950.

"I am deeply saddened the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act (HB 950) by Rep. Senfronia Thompson and co-authored by Rep. Eddie Lucio III has been vetoed by Governor Perry. This bill was a step toward correcting inequities experienced by Texas families affected by wage discrimination. Texas families all across our state – whether they are supported by single mothers or by working mothers and fathers – deserve to be paid fairly for the work they do. "The Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act is not a duplication of federal law; it would provide for victims of wage discrimination to seek remedies from a state district court. These courts are less burdensome financially and are presided over by a judge elected by Texans and consisting of a jury of their peers. "The irony of this veto is that victims of wage discrimination still have so far to come. Fifty years ago, President Kennedy signed the Equal Pay Act into law, yet today women make just 77 cents for every $1 made by men. Over a woman's career, that disparity leads to more than $430,000 in lost wages for an individual woman and her family. There is a profound economic impact from wage discrimination. The amount a woman loses to the pay gap could feed a family of four for 37 years. A woman could also use that money to buy seven degrees at a four-year public university or 14 new vehicles.

"My colleagues and I will continue to support fair pay for equal work. I look forward to addressing this issue with them next legislative session."