Texas leaders respond to governor’s 2021 State of the State Address

 

By MIKE MCGEE

The Dallas Examiner

 

During Gov. Greg Abbott’s State of the State on Feb. 1, he spoke upon a range of topics from COVID-19 and teacher salaries to religious freedom and law enforcement, as well as other subjects.

“Looking back, it’s clear that 2020 was a year unlike any in our lifetime, not just for Texas and America, but for the entire world,” remarked the governor.

In response, Grassroots Law Project Co-Founder Lee Merritt, Rep. Jasmine Crockett, D-HD100, and Austin City Council member Greg Casar spoke about the address during a virtual panel discussion, Feb. 8.

Crockett focused on state criminal justice reform. An attorney herself, she pinpointed a need for changes in the bail system.

“I was pretty excited to hear that the governor wants to prioritize bail reform,” she said.

In his remarks, Abbott mentioned a dysfunctional bail system that currently allows violent criminals


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