A Democratic lawmaker from Dallas has proposed that Texas turn to crowdfunding to help address its backlog of untested rape kits.
State Representative Victoria Neave introduced a bill, which had its first public hearing Monday, that would give Texas citizens the option of donating $1 or more when they renew their driver licenses to go toward testing the rape kits. According to the New York Times, testing a rape kit can cost between $1,000 and $1,5000.
The paper reports that donations would generate approximately $1 million a year, based on a similar tactic previously used to collect money for veterans. Administrative deductions would leave about $800,000 to supplement the budget now in place for testing.
Although the New York Times reports that Texas is not alone in battling a rape kit backlog, the paper says crowdfunding as a state law is a new tactic.
A final vote on the bill will be made before the end of the legislative session in May.
Last week, state Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress submitted a resolution to the Texas Legislature that called for “Texans not to use the flag emoji of the Republic of Chile when referring to the Texas flag.” HCR 75 would “hereby reject the notion that the Chilean flag, although it is a nice flag, can in any way compare to or be substituted for the official state flag of Texas and urge all Texans not to use the Republic of Chile flag emoji in digital forums when referring to the Lone Star Flag of the great State of Texas.”
A third-party developer has created a pack for all 50 flags and Washington, D.C. which will be available to vendors to see if they want to support those features on iOs or Android. Flags from Scotland, Wales and England are on the list, too.
So, basically, even if that resolution goes through, it might be worthless by the time you update your phone with the latest operating system.
And if you really want a Texas emoji that bad, you can download that third-party emoji pack mentioned above through the App Store here.
When Texans text, we sometimes need to express our love of our state. One of the best ways to do that is through emojis. They say so much with so little. Who among us hasn’t substituted the taco, sunset, horse, cow, cactus, avocado or beer emojis for the real thing when we’re trying to make our text messages pop out a little bit more?
Perhaps the biggest expression of Texan pride is invoking the Texas state flag, the old Lone Star. But there is no Lone Star Flag emoji for any platform, according to emojipedia.com. So the solution for many has been to simply use a flag that looks like the Texas state flag.
The Chilean flag, shown above, looks a lot like the Texan flag, and there’s even an emoji for it on various mobile platforms. So, many people have been using that as a Texan flag substitute. And at least one Texas legislator doesn’t like that.
HCR 75, filed and introduced in the Texas Legislature Thursday, “urg[es] Texans not to use the flag emoji of the Republic of Chile when referring to the Texas flag.”
The resolution was written by state Rep. Tom Oliverson, R-Cypress. He previously designed SB 978, a bill aimed at protecting patients from a loophole in Texas Medical Board regulation of physicians performing anesthesia in office-based settings.
Notably, the resolution doesn’t call for a Texas flag emoji to be created; it just wants people to know that Chile’s flag isn’t Texas’ flag.
Where do bathrooms and sports find themselves together on the field? In a spat between the NFL and the Texas governor, apparently. In an interview with conservative radio host Glenn Beck on Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott said the NFL is “walking on thin ice” and should “get the heck out of politics,” according to ESPN. Abbott’s comments come after NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said Friday that the NFL may refuse to host sporting events in places that are “discriminatory or inconsistent with our values.”
Senate Bill 6 and a similar measure, House Bill 1362, would prohibit public schools from letting transgender children use multistall bathrooms that conform with their gender identity. State government buildings also would be barred from creating transgender-friendly bathrooms, and cities and counties would be prohibited from requiring bathrooms that accommodate transgender individuals.
Texas ranks 15th on a recent online list measuring the impact of immigrants on state economies.
California ranked first overall on the list, compiled by WalletHub and based off of qualities such as “median household income of foreign-born population” and “jobs generated by immigrant-owned businesses as a share of total jobs.”
Texas ranked high in several categories, like the percentage of foreign-born STEM workers out of the entire state’s population (6th) and in the share of foreign-born population and the share of foreign-born members of the workforce (both ranked 7th).