Governor Abbott Unites the Tech Industry!

The Forrest Four-Cast: May 30, 2017

Yesterday’s anti-sanctuary bill protests as well as threats of violence demonstrate the extent of the divisive climate created by Texas lawmakers during its trainwreck of an 85th legislative session, which mercifully closed at the end of the day on Monday, May 29.

To his credit, however, Governor Greg Abbott has helped to bring a degree of unity within one notoriously fractured group — the tech industry. On Memorial Day, CEOs from Amazon, Apple, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Google, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Silicon Labs and numerous others lent their name to a letter to the Governor urging him not to call a Special Session for the purpose of passing a Bathroom Bill.

SXSW very much stands in line with the central message of this letter: “As large employers in the state, we are gravely concerned that any such legislation would deeply tarnish Texas’ reputation as open and friendly to businesses and families . . Discrimination is wrong and it has no place in Texas or anywhere in the country. Our perspective is grounded in our values and our long-held commitment to diversity and inclusion.”

While none of the many Bathroom Bill measures passed before the closure of the regular session, Abbott still has the option call a special session to reconsider this legislation. The governor has told reporters that he will make this decision by the end of this week.

Hugh Forrest tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often (but not always) cover technology-related trends. When not attempting to wordsmith or meditating, he serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW in Austin.

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