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Constitutional License to Discriminate Legislation

HJR 55 – Villalba
HJR 125 – Krause
SJR 10 – Campbell
In 1999 the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 138, which allows a person to bring a claim in court to disregard laws that limit their ability to practice their religion freely. SB 138 was a carefully considered and drafted law that passed with bipartisan support and with the support of diverse stakeholders. HJR 10 would supersede those existing protections and create an exception that would allow individuals and religious institutions to disregard laws based on religious belief. Existing exemptions to protect municipal regulations on zoning and traffic flow, time limits to bring action under the provision, exemptions for civil rights legislation and protections for the tax-exempt status of religious institutions would be removed.