State Rep. Tryon Lewis, R-Odessa, has filed a bill that would do away with "Cesar Chavez Day" as an optional state holiday in Texas.
House Bill 505 would replace "Cesar Chavez Day with Texas Hispanic Heritage Day as an optional state holiday." It would also change the holiday from Cesar Chavez's birthday on March 31 to Sept. 16 in commemoration of the "battle for independence from Spain in Mexico, including the area now known as Texas."
If approved, the bill would take effect in September.
Outgoing state Rep. Norma Chavez, D-El Paso, who was defeated by incoming state Rep. Naomi Gonzalez, D-El Paso, in an election last year, had this to say about the bill on her Facebook page:
"Short lived retirement...or I should say I return to my role as activist. The super majority Republican agenda includes a bill filed abolishing Cesar Chavez as an official Texas optional holiday for all state employees. A bill that Senator Truan and I passed in 1999. Time for the EAGLE to rise!!"