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    Ina Minjarez (Dem) Attorney

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After publication of the 2020 census, new congressional, state and State Board of Education districts will be redrawn. What process do you support to ensure fair representation?

What would you do to provide and fund an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-k through grade 12?

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Campaign Phone (210) 422-5382
Campaign Email vote4ina@gmail.com
Experience Current two-term Incumbent, Attorney, former prosecutor.
During the 85th Legislative session I filed HB 70, which would have set up a process for automatic, opt-out only voter registration upon issuance or change of a driver's license or identification card by the Department of Public Safety. I have consistently voted for initiatives to make voter registration easier, such as supporting online voter registration. Additionally, I have opposed any restrictions to access or citizen's ability to vote, including the discriminatory and confusing Voter ID Law.
1) Repeal campus carry- every private university was given the option to opt out and all but 1 university did opt out. 2) Ensure that "constitutional carry" never passes. This initiative is filed every session and we have been able to combat it thus far. This bill states that you do not need any training or licenses to carry a fire arm on your person. 3) End the gun show loop hole. We need to ensure that everyone who purchases a fire arm has a background check and training to operate that fire arm.
It is paramount that we have a non- partisan redistricting commission. We need to make sure that these lines are drawn fairly with the new data we will receive from the 2020 census. Minorities have intentionally been drawn out of districts so they do not have a voice in the election process. Gerrymandering needs to be a thing of the past!
All children in the state of Texas deserve quality public education from Pre-K through 12th grade. The legislature has been consistently under funding our public school system and when our public school system is underfunded, Texas residents help supplement that budgetary short fall with their property taxes. Instead of sending 800 Million dollars every 2 years for border security, we should send those dollars to our public schools. It is the federal governments job to secure the border and it is Texas' job to educate our school children. When we give our public schools enough money to thrive, everyone benefits. Homeowners property taxes will go down, we will have an educated society, teachers will be treated with more respect, and our workforce will be properly educated for generations to come. I have never and will never support vouchers or savings accounts for our tax dollars to be spend in private schools with no state oversight.
Support legislation that benefits clean and renewable energy which in turn will create more jobs in the state. Support water conservation initiatives to be able to be prepared for our state's inevitable future drought. Protection for our precious natural resources from contamination and over usage.
As a sitting member on the House Committee on Human Services, this is an issue that I have been studying in the legislature. First off, Texas should have and should still expand Medicaid . Texas has tied with the state of Alabama for having the most demanding eligibility requirement for Medicaid in the nation. At the state level, the legislature needs to roll back some of those more demanding qualifiers as well as increasing the Medicaid reimbursement for our health care providers so that they aren't paying out of pocket to see Medicaid patients. If the Medicaid reimbursement is higher, the access to care for Medicaid recipients will improve. With the political climate in Washington right now and with their initiatives to repeal the ACA, we will have to continue to spread the word to Texas residents that the ACA is working and we need to save it.
1)Fix the gerrymandering in the state and draw fair district lines that do not discriminate against minorities. 2)Focus on restorative justice initiatives and clean out our county jails of non-violent and indigent offenders. Allow them to rehabilitate in their communities, and not sit a jail cell. We know that offenders sitting in jail because they are to poor to pay their bond is not justice. 3) Some many issues important to Texans can be addressed if we fix our school finance system. I am anxious to see what the new School Finance Commission comes up with on how to address this problem and I will be following it closely.
During the 85th Legislative session I filed HB 1171- which would expedite the processing of rape kits. I have worked with organizations like The Joyful Heart Foundation founded by Mariska Hargitay from Law & Order SVU as well as the organization Deeds not words, which advocates on women's issues including sexual harassment and assault. I will file this legislation again, as it had a ton of bi-partisan support. Additionally, I have established a policy for sexual harassment and assault within my legislative office. I also support additional and effective training in the area of sexual harassment and assault for businesses and government entities.