From the Office of State Senator Rodney Ellis

For Immediate Release
May 4, 2001
Contact: Jeremy Warren, (512) 463-8393

Revised Statement on the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act

"I am gratified by Senator Tom Haywood's decision to allow debate on the James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act. I sincerely appreciate his courageous and conscientious decision to not only pledge his support to allow the debate, but to make it publicly. I think his action sends an important signal that, even though we in the Senate may disagree, it is always important to have a serious, thoughtful discussion of the issues."