So, the legislature got very busy the last couple of months here at the state Capitol right behind me in Austin, a bunch of issues that came to the fore, one was related to gun ownership.
The state passed a law allowing Texans to carry handguns without a permit, so loosening restrictions on gun ownership. Another had to do with abortion. The state passed a fetal heartbeat law, one of the most restrictive in the country, which would make abortion, which now has made abortion illegal in the state of Texas six weeks into pregnancy, even in the case of rape and incest.
And when you pull back and look at the national picture, what you see here is Texas joining a number of states, Georgia, Arizona, others, where Republican-controlled state legislatures are doing everything they can to enact a conservative agenda, at a time when, in Washington, D.C., Democrats are in charge.
They are trying to do, frankly, quite the opposite. Democrats are trying to pass legislation right now in the Congress to, for example, strengthen voting rights.
But here at the state level, Judy, Texas and other legislatures around the country are moving forward with these conservative items.