Texas Legislative Black Caucus hold town hall meeting at TSU

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HOUSTON, TX – Texas Southern University was the place to be in Houston Wednesday night if you wanted to find out what’s happening in the political world.

Houston members of the Texas Legislative Black Caucus held a town hall to talk about how recent events in Austin and Washington have touched their constituents.

State Sen. Rodney Ellis (D-Houston) used some of his time to talk about Medicaid expansion under Obamacare. Governor Perry chose not to participate, which Ellis called the stupidest thing you could ever think of, “For a mere investment of $50 million, in our money, we call it General Revenue, for $50 million in our money, we would have drawn down $4 billion in federal money, in Obamacare money, for the 1.5 million people in Texas.”

State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (D-Houston) talked with us about the George Zimmerman, Trayvon Martin case.

She told us that our legislators may want to take a close look at the Texas castle laws in light of what happened in Florida, “This is a law that we think that may need some real careful fine-tuning, particularly whether or not a person who is unarmed can be gunned down.”

Although the Trayvon Martin shooting was in Florida, people in Texas, and right here in Houston, are talking about it, and Representative Thompson now thinks the talk needs to move to Austin.