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



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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