Image: Senator Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe, enjoyed a very productive Tuesday, April 27, 2021, as four of his major bills passed the Texas Senate all on the same day.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Austin, April 29 – Senator Brandon Creighton, Republican of Conroe, had one of the most productive legislative days he’s ever enjoyed on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, when the Texas Senate took up for consideration and passed four of his bills all in one afternoon. The most significant of the four bills Creighton authored and passed was Senate Bill 2202, which bans the teaching of “critical race theory” in public school.
As Africana and Black Male Studies Professor at the University of Edinburgh Tommy Curry explains it, “critical race theory” means “the doctrine that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color.” In Montgomery County, only the Magnolia ISD has included “critical race theory” in the school district’s curriculum.
SB 2202 passed the Texas Senate on a party-line vote of 18 to 13. There was little debate, but four Democratic Senators raised a number of questions to Creighton after he presented the legislation.
Creighton explained that SB 2202 provides for the curriculum in public school to focus on the foundation of the United States in social studies. He explained, “No teacher should teach a curriculum, unless it’s balanced, and it should never be what some special interest group lobbies for in education.”
Senator Creighton noted that Illinois and some other states are trying to turn social studies and civics into political propaganda. Senator Chuy Hinojosa, Democrat of McAllen, asked “You’re not trying to prohibit students from learning current events, are you?” Creighton replied, “Absolutely not.”
Senate Bill 1111 requires a person to have lived at a residence before voting in that district and also requires that a voter provide identification before obtaining a mail-in ballot, as part of the election integrity package Republicans have offered during the 87th Legislature. Six Republican Senators, one of whom is Creighton, were the authors of the bill.
SB 1111 passed the Texas Senate on a straight party line vote of 18 to 13 with all Democrats voting against it.
Senate Bill 1508, of which Creighton and Senator Bryan Hughes, Republican of Tyler, were the authors, creates a new Election Integrity Division in the Office of the Texas Attorney General. That bill also passed on a party line vote of 18 to 13 with all Democrats voting against it.
Additionally, the Texas Senate unanimously passed Creighton’s Senate Bill 784, which prevents municipalities from upcharging churches for public utilities.
Senator Creighton told The Golden Hammer, “Momentum is building in the Texas Capitol, and it has been a good week for our conservative agenda. Just a few of my bills that passed the Senate this week include: SB 1508 creates a Voter Fraud Division in the Office of the Texas Attorney General. SB 1509 creates a voter ID requirement for any mail in ballots— these measures make it harder to cheat and creates consequences for those that do. On the education front, I passed Senate Bill 2202 which bans Critical Race Theory curriculum in Texas schools, rejecting the Biden administration’s push for this being required in classrooms. Students should be learning civics, not how to protest and riot. Students should learn America’s great history, not that one race or gender is inherently superior.”