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

HB 192 by Bernal – Prohibiting discrimination in housing

HB 225 by Johnson, Eric – Prohibiting discrimination in employment

HB 226 by Howard – Improving HIV/AIDS prevention programs

HB 258 by Anchia – Prohibiting state agency contracting with vendors in states that repealed non-discrimination protections or proscribe discrimination

HB 290 by Johnson, Eric – Prohibiting sex discrimination in compensation

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

HB 494 by Anchia – Prohibiting state travel to states that repealed non-discrimination protections or proscribe discrimination

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

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.

HB 876 by Turner – Prohibiting employment discrimination for state contractors

HB 943 by Howard – Establishing a transgender healthcare advisory committee

HB 1018 by Alonzo – Prohibiting discrimination in insurance

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

HB 1663 by Dutton – Providing post-Obergefell statutory modifications to reflect marriages of same-sex couples and their family relationships

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”

HB 2006 by Anchia – Providing required counseling regarding negative results of HIV tests.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

take-action-buttonSB 6 by Kolkhorst – Prohibiting transgender Texans from using restroom and changing facilities consistent with their gender identity. Read the Bill Fact Sheet.  Read about the Committee Hearing Process.

 

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

 

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.

 

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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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.