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Texas Legislature 2021

Amid a pandemic with unequal impact, a proposal for a new Office of Health Equity died in the Texas Senate

Democratic lawmakers wanted to replace a defunded agency by creating a new office that would look at health inequities across the state. But after Republicans pulled it into ongoing debates about transgender rights and critical race theory, the bill died in the Senate.

Beverly Mills, a teacher at Anderson Elementary School, gets vaccinated by pharmacist Ilana Druker at Houston Independent School District’s Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center on Jan. 9, 2020 in Houston.

“If anything showed us the level of disparity, it was COVID. I don’t know what else needs to happen to show that this was such a need.”

— Felicia Latson, Legacy Community Health

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