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State of Texas
Texas State Representative Ron Reynolds
News Release
Thursday, July 27, 2017

Reynolds Proudly Joint-Authors Equal Pay Legislation 

Inequality in the workplace has never been something new to women, they've been dealing with it since the pre-market, farm economy. Women's role had been known to take care of the household, so when they increasingly started to make the transition to the workplace, they started a gender equality fight that still continues today.

Policies that ensure fair pay for all Americans and that help businesses to attract the strongest talent can not only narrow the pay gap, but also boost productivity and benefit our economy. Yet today, the median wage of a woman working full-time year-round in the United States is about $39,600-only 79 percent of a man's median earnings of $50,400. While the gap has narrowed slightly over the past few years, there is much more work to be done to ensure fair pay for all.

I am honored to have joint-authored HB 104 with Chairwoman Senfronia Thompson. This bill will prevent unlawful employment practices regarding gender discrimination in payment compensation. This legislation is a step in the right direction toward Equal Pay for Women. I am proud to be part of this important legislation and I look forward to future advances in this area.

My colleagues and I will continue to fight for Real Solutions for All Texans. A strong Texas economy is what gives Texans the freedom and opportunity to succeed. Enacting robust equal pay policies will provide women an opportunity to thrive. All Texans need more money in their pockets and that should be the focus this Special Session, not divisive social issues.

Ron Reynolds represents Texas House District 27, which encompasses communities of Fort Bend County. Reynolds is a member of the House Committee on Elections and Environmental Regulation.

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