Women are pushing forward and demanding change, but whether it’s Washington D.C. or Austin, politicians continue to ignore them when passing legislation.
As Reform Austin has previously reported, State Representative Tony Dale (R –Cedar Park) has failed to protect the interests of his constituents. He has placed children’s health and lives at risk, as well as the lives of Texas women. Dale’s record includes:
- HB 2032 – Dale voted against increasing the criminal penalty for sexual offenses committed on public transportation.
- HB 2813 – Dale was one of just six legislators who voted no on a health benefit plan coverage for ovarian cancer screening.
- SB 17 – Dale voted to continue “studying” maternal mortality, rather than take action, despite the life and death urgency of the problem.
- SB 790 – Dale voted against extending the Women’s Health Advisory Committee two more years – which would have overseen the process to consolidate women’s health programs under the committee and ensured their intended function.
When trends in healthcare and the economy cut against women, and with a new urgency to stop public or private predation against women, Dale’s votes reveal his values.
Tony Dale can’t claim to work tirelessly on behalf of everyone if he ignores the needs and priorities of half of Texas. We need public officials to see, hear and serve everyone in our state. We need to Reform Austin.