Legislative Bill Tracker 2023
Legislative Bill Tracker 2023
2023 Legislative Session

The LGBTQ+ community in Texas has endured a lot at the hands of state and local leaders. While we’ve seen an extraordinary  amount of anti-LGBTQ+ bills filed already, few are confident that few will move forward. During the last legislative session and special sessions 76 anti-LGBTQ+ bills were filed, only 20 moved, and only one passed. We are confident that working together, we can stop these bad bills from further harming our community.

The life cycle of a bill: a bill is filed → referred to House/Senate committee → House/Senate hearing scheduled → pending in House/Senate committee → first House/Senate floor vote → second House/Senate floor vote → House/Senate passage → signed by the Governor. Bills have to go through both the House and the Senate to be enacted and if it is in the opposite chamber it originated in, it’s moved further along in the process. For example, if the bill originated in the House (ex HB 1), a status of “referred to Senate committee” is further along in the process than “House passage.” If you would like to learn more about the bill process, keep an eye out for our next Lege 101 training on our events page.

Anti-LGBTQ+ Bills

Healthcare

These bills attempt to enact healthcare bans that limit access to life-saving healthcare for transgender youth in opposition to best-practice medical standards of care.

Bill NumberAuthorDescriptionStatus
HB 41TothProhibits physicians from providing best practice, life-saving care for trangender youth (license removal). Also bans insurance companies for covering such treatment.Filed
HB 122TothProhibits physicians from providing best practice, life-saving care for trangender youth (license removal). Also bans insurance companies for covering such treatment. Criminal offense if action towards gender affirming care is taken.Filed
SB 250Hall | Campbell | PerryProhibits physicians from providing best practice, life-saving care for trangender youth (license removal). Also bans insurance companies from covering such treatment. Will result in loss of licenseFiled
HB 776HarrisonProhibits physicians from providing best practice, life-saving care for trangender youth.Filed
SB 249Hall | Campbell | PerryProvides an exception to the genital mutilation code for surgeries on intersex minors. These procedures are often performed on infants who cannot consent.Filed
HB 42SlatonAdds best practice, life-saving care for trans youth to child abuse statutes.Filed
HB 436PattersonAdds best practice, life-saving care for trans youth to child abuse statutes.Filed
HB 672HefnerAdds best practice, life-saving care for trans youth to child abuse statutes.Filed
HB 1532SchatzlineAdds best practice, life-saving care for trans youth to child abuse statutes. Prohibits physicians from providing best practice, life-saving care for trangender youth (license removal). Also bans insurance companies from covering such treatment. Will result in loss of licenseFiled
HB 1686OliversonFiled
SB 625CampbellFiled
HB 1752Toth
HB 888SlawsonCarves out a separate statute of limitations for healthcare malpractice claims related to gender-affirming care (any time before a person’s 25th birthday).
HB 1029HarrisonProhibits state funding for best-practice health care for transgender Texans of any age.
HB 319OliversonAllows for any provider to deny participation in a healthcare service due to their “conscience” defined as a sincerely held set of moral convictions. There are exceptions provided for emergency or life-saving care.
SCR 3Hall | CampbellA resolution condemning major U.S. medical associations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Medical Association, and the Children’s Hospital Association for their support of gender affirming care. Also calls for the State of Texas to express support for ending this best-practice, life-saving care.

Education

These bills attempt to further stigmatize the LGBTQ+ community in the classroom by devaluing the humanity and existence of transgender Texans, including bills that place highly invasive gender “tests” to participate in everyday tasks whether by having to “prove” one’s gender to go to the restroom, be on a sports team, or participate in other parts of day to day life, and censor educators and students by turning identity into a banned topic (“Don’t Say Gay/Trans”).

Bill NumberAuthorDescriptionStatus
HB 631TothBans classroom instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity in Texas, not only in grades K-5, but also for any grade if someone concludes the instruction is somehow "not appropriate in accordance with state standards." The bill would also require school personnel to notify parents of all changes in a student’s physical, mental, or emotional health. Creates cause of legal action for any alleged violations of the bill.Filed
HB 1155PattersonBans classroom instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity in Texas, not only in grades K-8, but also for any grade as long as someone concludes that the instruction is somehow “not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate.” The bill would also require school personnel to notify parents of all changes in a student’s physical, mental, or emotional health. The bill would also require training on student support services to adhere to state standards.Filed
SB 393HallFiled
HB 1541TothFiled
HB 1149SwansonFiled
SB 400HallFiled
SB 595KolkhorstFiled
SB 391HallFiled
SB 394HallFiled
HB 111TothRight now, age-appropriate descriptions of sex and nudity are allowed for educational, scientific, psychological, or psychiatric reasons. This bill undermines and micromanages educators’ use of age-appropriate references to sex, sexuality, or nudity.Filed
HB 151SlatonRight now, age-appropriate descriptions of sex and nudity are allowed for educational, scientific, psychological, or psychiatric reasons. This bill undermines and micromanages educators’ use of age-appropriate references to sex, sexuality, or nudity.Filed
HB 976PattersonRight now, age-appropriate descriptions of sex and nudity are allowed for educational, scientific, psychological, or psychiatric reasons. This bill undermines and micromanages educators’ use of age-appropriate references to sex, sexuality, or nudity.Filed
SB 437MiddletonRight now, age-appropriate descriptions of sex and nudity are allowed for educational, scientific, psychological, or psychiatric reasons. This bill undermines and micromanages educators’ use of age-appropriate references to sex, sexuality, or nudity.Filed
HB 552TroxclairRight now, age-appropriate descriptions of sex and nudity are allowed for educational, scientific, psychological, or psychiatric reasons. This bill undermines and micromanages educators’ use of age-appropriate references to sex, sexuality, or nudity.Filed
HB 571Leo-WilsonRight now, age-appropriate descriptions of sex and nudity are allowed for educational, scientific, psychological, or psychiatric reasons. This bill undermines and micromanages educators’ use of age-appropriate references to sex, sexuality, or nudity.Filed
HB 858SlatonRight now, age-appropriate descriptions of sex and nudity are allowed for educational, scientific, psychological, or psychiatric reasons. This bill undermines and micromanages educators’ use of age-appropriate references to sex, sexuality, or nudity.Filed
HB 869HefnerRight now, age-appropriate descriptions of sex and nudity are allowed for educational, scientific, psychological, or psychiatric reasons. This bill undermines and micromanages educators’ use of age-appropriate references to sex, sexuality, or nudity.Filed
SB 395HallRight now, age-appropriate descriptions of sex and nudity are allowed for educational, scientific, psychological, or psychiatric reasons. This bill undermines and micromanages educators’ use of age-appropriate references to sex, sexuality, or nudity.Filed
HB 1408SchaeferFiled
HB 1655PattersonFiled
HB 1404ShaheenFiled
HB 1507King, KenFiled
HB 338OliversonRequires publishers who provide books to schools to assign and label all their books with a “content rating,” like movies or video games. Schools are prohibited from using certain books based on grade level.Filed
HB 360TothRequires that all activities and teaching materials used in schools must be documented, approved, and reported publicly on a monthly basis. The bill allows for parents to request a school review of activities/teaching materials to determine if they were properly reported and if the activity/teaching material in question is a) appropriate and b) aligned with state educational standards.Filed
SB 165CampbellRequires annual curriculum audits based on standards set by the TEA commissioner and the statewide reporting of all schools not in compliance. parents are required to provide consent for all non-textbook instruction involving violence, nudity, profanity, illegal substance use, or sexual content; as well as activities attempting to “investigate how a person’s behavior influences the behavior of a group or the internal states of members of a group, such as attitude or self-concept.” Filed
HJR 38VasutProposes a state constitutional amendment enshrining the parental “right to direct the upbringing of their child,” including the right to “direct the care, custody, control, education, moral and religious training, and medical care of the child,” with serious implications for LGBTQ+ youth.Filed
HJR 58FrankProposes a state constitutional amendment enshrining the parental “right to direct the upbringing of their child,” including the right to “direct the care, custody, control, education, moral and religious training, and medical care of the child,” with serious implications for LGBTQ+ youth.Filed
HJR 85BurrowsProposes a state constitutional amendment enshrining the parental “right to direct the upbringing of their child,” including the right to “direct the care, custody, control, education, moral and religious training, and medical care of the child,” with serious implications for LGBTQ+ youth.Filed
SJR 29PaxtonProposes a state constitutional amendment enshrining the parental “right to direct the upbringing of their child,” including the right to “direct the care, custody, control, education, moral and religious training, and medical care of the child,” with serious implications for LGBTQ+ youth.Filed
SB 421PaxtonFiled
HB 1006TepperForces all universities to be socially, politically, and culturally “neutral,” forces universities to commit to “viewpoint diversity” while banning the existance of any office of diversity, equity, and inclusion or any other office “funding, supporting, promoting, or sponsoring any initiative or formulation of diversity, equity, and inclusion.”Filed
HB 1607Harris, Cody
HB 1046TepperProhibits higher ed institutions from considering diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) principles as requirements for employment, admissions, promotions, etc.Filed
HB 1033TepperFiled
HB 23SwansonExtends the anti-transgender sports ban to collegiate levels and expands the ban itself to include banning trans youth from sports participation (in addition to competition).Filed
HB 262SwansonAllows for selective noncompliance of federal executive orders as determined by the Texas Attorney General for federal rules in certain categories, including rules regulating k-12 sports. Filed

Policing Business

These bills punish small businesses for creating safe spaces for the LGBTQ+ community

Bill NumberAuthorDescriptionStatus
HB 643PattersonDefines any business that hosts performers exhibiting a gender identity different from the performer's birth (including by makeup or clothing) as sexually oriented businesses in the eyes of the law.Filed
HB 708ShaheenDefines any business that hosts performers exhibiting a gender identity different from the performer's birth (including by makeup or clothing) as sexually oriented businesses in the eyes of the law.Filed
HB 1266SchatzlineDefines any business that hosts performers exhibiting a gender identity different from the performer's birth (including by makeup or clothing) as sexually oriented businesses in the eyes of the law.Filed
SB 476HughesDefines any business that hosts performers exhibiting a gender identity different from the performer's birth (including by makeup or clothing) as sexually oriented businesses in the eyes of the law.Filed

Identity Documents

Having an ID that reflects who you are is a basic form of dignity that many take for granted.These bills make it difficult or impossible for trans people to update essential ID documents.

Bill NumberAuthorDescriptionStatus
SB 162PerryProhibits the correction of gender markers on minors' birth certificates for anything other than a clerical error or in the event a child is intersex.Filed

Pro-LGBTQ+ Bills

Bill NumberAuthorDescriptionStatus
HB 256BernalProhibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, public accomodations, housing, and state contractors. Filed
HB 725RoseUpdates Texas hate crimes laws to add in gender identity or expression. Prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in custody issues, in providing insurance and employment. Filed
HB 850ReynoldsProhibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in employment, public accomodations, housing, and state contractors. Filed
HB 1012Gonzalez, JessicaProhibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status in employment, public accomodations, housing, and state contractors. Filed
SB 110Menendez | EckhardtProhibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status in employment, public accomodations, housing, and state contractors. Filed
HB 265BernalProhibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity in housing.Filed
HB 831Johnson, JulieProhibits the denial of insurance coverage to any individual on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.Filed
HB 1020ReynoldsRequires training for election workers to prevent harassment, discrimination, and issues for transgender voters at the polls.Filed
HB 1534Gervin-HawkinsRecognizes veterans who were discharged unfavorably due to their LGBTQ+ identity as honorably discharged under state law and ensuring their access to all associated benefits.Filed
HB 832Johnson, JulieProhibits child welfare services providers from refusing to provide services based on the provider's religious beliefs.Filed
SB 439MenendezBans conversion therapy.Filed
HB 1679HernandezBans conversion therapy.Filed
HB 1746HernandezBans nonconsensual medical procedures for intersex youth.Filed
HB 496MezaProhibits the coverage of conversion therapy by health benefit plans.Filed
HB 526WuRequires health benefit plan coverage of HIV testing in routine screenings (with an option for patients to opt-out).Filed
HB 1390ShaheenFiled
HB 989HowardDirects the department of State Health Services to establish a plan to prevent and treat human papillomavirus among students enrolled at institutions of higher education.Filed
HB 1162ThierryFiled
HB 1165ThierryFiled
HB 1249LozanoFiled
HB 1485RamosFiled
HB 98MoodyAllows school districts to contract with local mental health authorities to provide mental health services on-campus.Filed
HB 1157LozanoFiled
SB 449MenendezRequires school board members and superintendents to complete an annual training course on trauma-informed school standards.Filed
HB 1537HowardAllows law enforcement agencies to submit "handle with care" notices to schools if they notice a student has experienced a traumatic event in the course of their duties. Directs the TEA and law enforcement agencies to develop implementation training and appropriate care for affected students.Filed
HB 906Moody
SB 633Menendez
HB 1135JettonFiled
HB 72ZwienerRequires public school health curriculum to adopt evidence-based practices that will teach respect for another person's bodily autonomy.Filed
HB 1119Gervin-HawkinsDirects the State Board of Education to develop curriculum on cultural sensitivity, including encouraging students to accept diversity and promote critical thinking.Filed
HB 1334Gervin-HawkinsDirects the State Board of Education to develop curriculum on cultural sensitivity, including encouraging students to accept diversity and promote critical thinking.Filed
HB 97BernalRepeals harmful education censorship policies that were passed in the 87th legislative sesison.Filed
SB 81JohnsonUpdates unconstitutional state code to include and recognize LGBTQ+ families.Filed
HB 1685HernandezUpdates state statute to recognize marriage equality.Filed
SJR 15JohnsonProposes a state constitutional amendment repealing unconstitutional language not reflective of marriage equality.Filed
HJR 61Johnson, JulieProposes a state constitutional amendment repealing unconstitutional language not reflective of marriage equality.Filed
SB 82JohnsonUpdates unconstitutional state code to include and recognize LGBTQ+ relationships. This includes repealing harmful "no promo homo" policies.Filed
SB 111MenendezUpdates unconstitutional state code to include and recognize LGBTQ+ relationships. This includes repealing harmful "no promo homo" policies.Filed
HB 970ZwienerUpdates unconstitutional state code to include and recognize LGBTQ+ relationships. This includes repealing harmful "no promo homo" policies.Filed
SB 228EckhardtExtends "Romeo and Juliet" protections to LGBTQ+ youth.Filed
HB 77NeaveRepeals the status offense related to voluntarily running away from home.Filed
SB 83JohnsonRepeals the status offense related to voluntarily running away from home.Filed
HB 1502PlesaFiled
HB 1627HernandezFiled
HB 752RosenthalStreamlines the process for updating name and gender markers on official documents.Filed
HB 1102RosenthalStreamlines the process for updating name and gender markers on official documents.Filed
HB 428LopezEstablishes a task force to evaluate the housing needs of LGBTQ+ senior citizens and provide safe, affordable housing options.Filed
HB 851ReynoldsEstablishes a task force to study the legal and societal barriers to equality for transgender Texans.Filed

Total Bill Count

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4862