For Immediate Release: January 25, 2017 Contact: Liz Zornes   MALC JOINS SENATE HISPANIC CAUCUS, FAITH AND BUSINESS COMMUNITIES TO OPPOSE SANCTUARY CITIES LEGISLATION Leaders oppose tying the hands of local law enforcement and requiring them to enforce federal immigration laws.   Austin, Texas— Today, members of the Mexican American Legislative Caucus (MALC) of the Texas Legislature held a press conference to oppose legislation that would force local compliance with all Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer requests. Joining them were Senator Sylvia Garcia, Chair of the Senate Hispanic Caucus, Bishop Joel Martinez

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Liz Zornes  214- 943-6081 October 3, 2016   Rep. Anchia Appointed to NCSL Labor & Economic Development Committee   DALLAS – Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) has been appointed as Vice-Chair of the National Conference of States Legislature’s (NCSL) Labor and Economic Development Committee by NCSL President and Iowa Senator Mike Gronstal.   The Labor and Economic Development Committee is one of eight standing committees of the NCSL. The Committee covers state and federal issues related to labor, employment, workforce, economic development, international trade and cultural affairs.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 10, 2016   Rep. Anchia Reacts to Modification of Voter ID Law   DALLAS – Today, Texas State Representative Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) applauded the decision by U.S. District Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos of Corpus Christi to modify the discriminatory voter ID law, SB 14, which was passed by the Texas legislature in 2011 and opposed by Rep. Anchia and a majority of Democrats in the legislature. Judge Ramos’ decision was in response to a ruling in August by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals which determined that

COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL TRADE & INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS For Immediate Release March 30, 2016 Contact: Liz Zornes Phone: (512) 463-0746office MEDIA ADVISORY Following up on the visits to Cuba by President Obama, and Governor Abbott, the committees on International Trade & Intergovernmental Affairs, and Agriculture & Livestock are meeting jointly to take invited testimony on how Texas could stand to benefit from an open U.S.-Cuba trading relationship.   What:   Joint Committee Hearing on International Trade with Cuba Where: Austin, Texas - Reagan Bldg. Hearing Room JHR 120 When: Thursday, March 31 at 1:30PM Who: Invited testimony from the following experts:    Brian Daniel  Director, Economic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                                      Contact: Liz Zornes January 15, 2016                                                                                                                                                           (214) 943-6081 (512) 517-7380(cell)   Rafael Anchia Appointed to Trinity Parkway Advisory Committee   DALLAS – Today, Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings announced the formation of the Trinity Parkway Advisory Committee, whose members were appointed by Dallas City Councilmember Sandy Greyson and former North Texas Tollway Authority Chair Jere Thompson, Jr.  Councilmember Greyson and Mr. Thompson were each allowed to appoint three members to the Committee.  The members are:   Ambassador Ron Kirk, former U.S. Trade Representative and Dallas

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Liz Zornes (512) 463-0746 DECEMBER 31, 2015   REP. ANCHIA REACTS TO ENACTMENT OF OPEN CARRY BILL JANUARY 1ST Texas' law is the most extreme open carry law in the nation   Dallas - Today, Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas), a long-time advocate of sensible gun safety  laws, outlined the reasons for his opposition to HB 910, which takes effect tomorrow and will allow people with Concealed Handgun Licenses to openly carry a handgun in a belt or shoulder holster. The bill passed with overwhelming Republican support during the 2015 legislative session.   "Unlike

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Liz Zornes  (512) 463-0746 DECEMBER 18, 2015     REP. ANCHIA AND SEN. SELIGER REACT TO CONGRESS' DECISION TO LIFT THE CRUDE OIL EXPORT BAN   Chairman Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) and Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) joined together to applaud Congress for voting to lift the 40-year old ban on American crude oil exports.   Seliger and Anchia worked jointly during the 2015 Legislature to pass Senate Concurrent Resolution 13, “Urging the U.S. Congress to end the ban on crude oil exports.”  The measure was passed with nearly unanimous support from

Rafael Anchia State Representative District 103   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                                                 Contact: Liz Zornes November 16, 2015 (512) 463-0746   Anchia Files for Re-Election Representative Aims to Continue Advocating for State and Region DALLAS –State Representative Rafael Anchia announced today his intention to run for a seventh term in the Texas House of Representatives for District 103 which spans a western corridor of Dallas County, including parts of Dallas, Irving, and Farmers Branch.  Anchia’s experience as an effective Chairman for the Committee on International Trade and Intergovernmental Affairs, coupled with his

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 27, 2015 Contact: Liz Zornes (214) 943-6081   ANCHIA APPALLED AT GOV. ABBOTT’S CALL FOR SANCTUARY CITY LEGISLATION Criticizes Governor as being most anti-Hispanic governor in history of Texas Yesterday Texas State Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) expressed his strong disapproval of Governor Greg Abbott’s statement in which the Governor, among other things, urged legislators to (1) pass laws that prohibit any policy or action that promotes sanctuary to people in this state illegally, and (2) enact laws that make it illegal for a Sheriff’s Department to not

            FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Liz Zornes     (214) 943-6081 AUGUST 14, 2015   ANCHIA CLAIMS VICTORY FOR SAME-GENDER FAMILIES WHO ADOPT CHILDREN DSHS has agreed to amend the Texas Health and Safety Code to grant adopted children in Texas a birth certificate that correctly lists their parents   Dallas – After four consecutive legislative sessions of filing legislation that would allow children adopted by same-gender parents in Texas to have the names of both parents listed on their supplemental birth certificates, Rep. Rafael Anchia (D-Dallas) received an announcement from the Department of

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