In 1999 I attended a public hearing on the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act. Rep. Senfronia Thompson was the author of that bill and her passionate arguments in support of that legislation are part of what inspired me to get involved in the legislative process in the first place.
Thompson, affectionately known as 'Miss T,' delivered an impassioned speech this afternoon on the House floor in response to two flyers distributed by the Texas Civil Justice League. Be sure to watch through to the end.