Legislation 2017

2017: 85th Regular Session

140daysThe 85th Regular Session of the Texas Legislature convened on Tuesday, January 10, 2017. The 31 members of the Texas Senate and the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives are considering legislation that directly impacts the lives of 27 million Texans. Throughout the 85th legislative session, Equality Texas will aggressively advocate and lobby to secure full equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Texans.

When the Texas Legislature is in session, our Legislative Information Center provides important information about Equality Texas’ current legislative work. This includes: information on bills in our legislative agenda, information on other bills we are monitoring, committee assignments and status of bills, and any action alerts/calls to action on specific bills. We invite you to review the information herein and sign up for our action alerts so that you may play an active role in supporting equal rights for all Texans.

SUPPORTED LEGISLATION

HB 96 by Moody – Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it [Criminal Jurisprudence]

HB 192 by Bernal – Prohibiting discrimination in housing [Business & Industry]

HB 225 by Johnson, Eric – Prohibiting discrimination in employment [Business & Industry]

HB 226 by Howard – Improving HIV/AIDS prevention programs [Public Health]

HB 258 by Anchia – Prohibiting state agency contracting with vendors in states that repealed non-discrimination protections or proscribe discrimination [State Affairs]

HB 290 by Johnson, Eric – Prohibiting sex discrimination in compensation [Business & Industry]

HB 331 by Gonzalez, Mary – Equalizing access to the “Romeo & Juliet” defense [Public Education]

HB 494 by Anchia – Prohibiting state travel to states that repealed non-discrimination protections or proscribe discrimination [State Affairs]

HB 569 by Israel – Relating to unprofessional conduct by mental health providers who attempt to change the sexual orientation of a child; providing penalties. [State Affairs]

HB 573 by Thompson, Senfronia – Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it, plus post-Obergefell statutory modifications to reflect marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships. [State Affairs]

HB 717 by Wu – Providing for the inclusion of HIV/AIDS testing in routine medical screenings while providing patient the right to opt-out. [Insurance]

HB 876 by Turner – Prohibiting employment discrimination for state contractors [State Affairs]

HB 943 by Howard – Establishing a transgender healthcare advisory committee [State Affairs]

HB 1018 by Alonzo – Prohibiting discrimination in insurance [Insurance]

HB 1534 by Farrar -Prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state contracting [State Affairs]

HB 1547 by Gonzalez, Mary – Providing age appropriate, medically accurate human sexuality education in public schools [Public Education]

HB 1663 by Dutton – Providing post-Obergefell statutory modifications to reflect marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships [Juvenile Justice & Family Issues]

HB 1848 by Coleman – Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it [Criminal Jurisprudence]

HB 1849 by Coleman – Providing for the addition of gender identity or expression to the list of attributes included in the “James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Act” [Criminal Jurisprudence]

HB 2006 by Anchia – Providing required counseling regarding negative results of HIV tests. [Public Health]

HB 2355 by Thierry – Providing measures to assist homeless students at public institutions of higher education. [Higher Education]

HB 2860 by Coleman – Providing for the standardized correction of identity documents.

HB 4101 by Lucio III – Providing for the standardized correction of identity documents.

HB 4124 by Rodriguez, Eddie – Providing for a foster children’s bill of rights.

HB 4243 by Hinojosa, Gina – Enabling local municipalities to establish policies that allow people to use bathroom or changing facilities matching their gender identity.

HB 4246 by Arevalo – Providing for inclusion of sexual orientation and gender identity or expression in rights of the elderly.

SB 157 by Hinojosa|Rodriguez – Making changes to statute reflecting legalization of the freedom to marry [State Affairs]

take-action-buttonSB 165 by Rodriguez|Garcia|Hinojosa|Whitmire – Prohibiting discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations, and state contracting [State Affairs]

SB 166 by Rodriguez|Garcia|Whitmire – Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it [Criminal Justice]

SB 236 by Menendez – Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it [State Affairs]

SB 251 by Rodriguez – Repealing the unconstitutional provision on “homosexual conduct” & other statutory references to it, plus post-Obergefell statutory modifications to reflect marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships. [State Affairs]

SB 911 by Huffman – Providing that the form for a marriage license list the county of issuance, but may not list the name of the county clerk. [State Affairs]

SB 1104 by Watson – Providing age appropriate, medically accurate human sexuality education in public schools [Education]

SB 1113 by Garcia – Enabling local municipalities to establish policies that allow people to use bathroom or changing facilities matching their gender identity. [State Affairs]

SB 1160 by Garcia – Prohibiting sex discrimination in compensation [Natural Resources & Economic Development]

SB 1341 by Garcia – Providing for the standardized correction of identity documents. [State Affairs]

SB 1342 by Garcia – Prohibiting nonconsensual genital surgery on minors with intersex traits [State Affairs]

SJR 16 by Rodriguez|Garcia|Hinojosa|Whitmire – Constitutional amendment to repeal the unconstitutional restrictions on the freedom to marry [State Affairs]

SJR 44 by Garcia|Rodriguez – Constitutional amendment providing for the recognition of equal rights for all people [State Affairs]

 

OPPOSED LEGISLATION

HB 428 by King, Phil – Providing religious student organizations an exemption from nondiscrimination policies of public institutions of higher education if such policies do not conform to the student organization’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the issue brief  [Higher Education]

HB 1362 by Shaheen – Prohibiting public schools from implementing policies that would allow transgender Texans from using restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. [State Affairs]

HB 1805 by Sanford – Providing child welfare service providers the ability to decline to provide, facilitate, or refer a person for child welfare services if it conflicts with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief.

HB 1813 by Flynn – Allowing county clerks to pass off issuing marriage licenses to other certifying officials if issuing that marriage license conflicts with the clerk’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief. [State Affairs]

HB 1923 by Krause – Providing individuals and businesses the ability to decline to provide services to anyone if providing the service conflicts with the individual’s or businesses sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief. [State Affairs]

HB 2280 by Dean – Requiring law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration detainers. [State Affairs]

HB 2779 by Schaefer – Providing broad-based ability to decline to provide services to anyone if providing the service conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Applies to adoption & foster care, employment, housing, marriage-related licensing, ceremonies, and services; sex reassignment, psychological, counseling & fertility services; sex-based dress, grooming, & bathroom access; licensing & accreditation.

HB 2795 by Lang – Providing county clerks and deputy county clerks the ability to decline to provide a marriage license if doing so conflicts with their sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief.

HB 2876 by Sanford – Providing wedding industry professionals and employees the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief.

HB 2878 by Sanford – Providing health care professionals the right to refuse to treat patients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief.

HB 2899 by Simmons – Prohibiting any local authority from providing nondiscrimination protections not otherwise provided in state law; repealing any existing local protections that are broader than state law.

HB 3571 by Oliverson – Providing a religious exemption from any civil action claiming discrimination, or violation of a municipal ordinance for discrimination, based on any characteristic other than race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Read the Issue Brief.

HB 3856 by Rinaldi – Providing the providers of psychological & counseling services the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief.

HB 3859 by Frank – Providing the providers of child welfare services the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief. [State Affairs]

HB 4097 by Cain – Prohibiting any local authority from providing nondiscrimination protections not otherwise provided in state law; repealing any existing local protections that are broader than state law. Read the Issue Brief.

SB 4 by Perry – Prohibiting the ability of local jurisdictions to protect immigrant communities and operate its jails, including denial of detainers for persons who are otherwise eligible for release. [Passed Senate]

SB 6 by Kolkhorst – Prohibiting transgender Texans from using restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. Read the Bill Fact Sheet. [Passed Senate]

take-action-buttonSB 89 by Hall – Providing for the state of Texas to refuse to enforce any federal law deemed to violate the Texas Constitution [State Affairs]

 

take-action-buttonSB 92 by Hall – Prohibiting any local authority from providing nondiscrimination protections not otherwise provided in state law; repealing any existing local protections that are broader than state law. Read the Issue Brief. [Business & Commerce]

 

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SB 242 by Burton – Providing that upon the request of a parent, a school employee shall disclose any personal, direct, or incidental knowledge regarding a child. [Education]

 

SB 522 by Birdwell – Allowing county clerks to pass off issuing marriage licenses to other certifying officials if issuing that marriage license conflicts with the clerk’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief. [State Affairs]

SB 651 by Perry – Redefines and expands the definition of religious expression, and limits the enforcement of rules, regulations, and policies of state agencies that regulate business, occupation or professional licensing. Read the Issue Brief. [Business & Commerce]

SB 892 by Perry – Providing child welfare service providers the ability to decline to provide, facilitate, or refer a person for child welfare services if it conflicts with the provider’s sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief. [State Affairs]

SB 893 by Hughes – Providing individuals and businesses the ability to decline to provide services to anyone if providing the service conflicts with the individual’s or businesses sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief. [State Affairs]

SB 1536 by Campbell – Providing the providers of child welfare services the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief.

SB 2096 by Hall – Providing the providers of psychological & counseling services the right to refuse service to clients if doing so conflicts with sincerely held religious beliefs. Read the Issue Brief.