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Gov. Perry vetoes Texas equal pay bill

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Many other states have passed similar measures for wage protection but not Texas.

"The governor vetoed the Lilly Ledbetter law," said State Senator Sylvia Garcia. "It passed on both sides and the governor vetoed it."

She says Governor Rick Perry vetoed House Bill 950 Friday. It's aimed at preventing pay discrimination against women.

"It's not fair. I think everybody should be paid the same, no matter if you're a woman or a man," said Latrina Turner.

Mark Wills said, "I don't even think it should be an issue in this state."

"You do the same job, so it should be equal," Derrick Turner said.

Ruthy Davis said, "For me, it's a big deal because sometimes, as a woman, you have to exceed even more than a man does."

House Bill 950 would sure that women all across the state would have got equal pay for equal work, because if they did have any discrimination on that, they could go to state district courts," Garcia said.

In a comment to the Texas Tribune, State Senator Wendy Davis, says the governor's office informed her Perry believes the bill she co-authored duplicates federal law.

"Then there's no reason for it. It's just a waste of taxpayers' money," said Lawrence Burklow.

"If the federal states that it should be equal pay, I don't see why the state would have a separate law. It just makes things more confusing," said Wills.

Garcia said, "It's a sad day for women in Texas and for our daughters and our nieces and our little cousins."

The bill made it to Perry's desk after heated debates in the House and Senate.

"It's the governor basically saying 'hey, you don't count. You're value is only 77 cents, but the guy next to you is valued at a dollar," Garcia said.

Governor Perry's office is not commenting at this time.

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