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So… What Happened to Those 20+ Anti-LGBT Bills in Texas?
Posted on June 2, 2015 at 2:00 am

140daysAs the 84th Legislature’s regular session began we all heard the klaxon-call ring out: “there are over 20 anti-LGBT bills filed this session!” By the end of session, none of the proposals had succeeded in passing. So what happened? For starters, the LGBT community has some amazing allies in the Texas Legislature who worked tirelessly to stop bad bills. Secondly, people like you never stopped contacting your elected representatives, even the ones who filed the legislation, to tell them that hate is not a Texas value – and it worked! Some of the bills never left the launch pad, failing to receive hearings in committee. Some of them were withdrawn from consideration by their authors. Others came back time and time again as zombie amendments, attempting to attach themselves to other bills and live on only to be defeated again and again. So what happened to the 20+ anti-LGBT bills in Texas? Here’s a post mortem:

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Constitutional License to Discriminate HJR 55 Rep. Jason Villalba Removed from consideration by author
refiled as
HJR 125 Rep. Matt Krause Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Constitutional License to Discriminate SJR 10 Sen. Donna Campbell Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Statutory License to Discriminate HB 2553 Rep. Molly White Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Statutory License to Discriminate HB 3602 Rep. Cecil Bell Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Child Welfare RFRA HB 3864 Rep. Scott Sanford Set for House consideration, but failed to make it to House floor before deadline
filed as 2nd reading amendment to
HB 2433 Rep. Scott Sanford Senate companion to HB 2433, SB 206 considered instead, amendment not brought up
filed as a 3rd reading amendment to
SB 206 Rep. Scott Sanford Entire bill sent back to committee on point of order from Rep. Moody, amendment not adopted
filed as amendment to the amendment to
SB 200 Rep. Scott Sanford Amendment pulled from consideration by author (Rep. Cindy Burkett), amendment to the amendment not considered
filed as 2nd reading amendment to
 SB 206 Rep. Scott Sanford Removed from consideration by author due to point 0f order on the amendment
filed as Senate amendment to
HB 2655 Sen. Donna Campbell Removed from consideration due to point of order by Sen. Kirk Watson
filed as 3rd reading amendment to
 SB 206 Rep. Scott Sanford Pulled from consideration by author (likely due to not having sufficient votes to pass on 3rd reading)

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Attack of Local Control Over Non-Discrimination Ordinances HB 1556 Rep. Rick Miller Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Attack of Local Control Over Non-Discrimination Ordinances HB 1911 Rep. Jeff Leach Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Attack of Local Control Over Non-Discrimination Ordinances SB 343 Sen. Don Huffines Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Attack of Local Control Over Non-Discrimination Ordinances SJR 10 Sen. Charles Perry Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Anti-Marriage Legislation HB 623 Rep. Cecil Bell Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Anti-Marriage Legislation HB 1745 Rep. Cecil Bell Not voted out of committee

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Anti-Marriage Legislation SB 673 Sen. Charles Perry Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Anti-Marriage Legislation HB 2555 Rep. Molly White Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Anti-Marriage Legislation HB 4105 Rep. Cecil Bell Scheduled for consideration on House floor, did not reach floor before deadline
feared would be filed as amendment to
SB 2065 Rep. Cecil Bell Author declined to offer amendment for fear of killing SB 2065
refiled as Senate Committee Amendment to
HB 2977 Sen. Eddie Lucio, Jr. Removed from consideration after bill author, Rep. Garnet Coleman, said he’d rather see the bill die than pass with anti-LGBT amendment

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Bathroom Criminalization HB 1747 Rep. Debbie Riddle Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Bathroom Criminalization HB 1748 Rep. Debbie Riddle Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Bathroom Criminalization HB 2801 Rep. Gilbert Peña Removed from consideration in committee by author

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Bathroom Criminalization HB 2802 Rep. Gilbert Peña Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Withholding ERISA benefits from same-gender spouses HB 3890 Rep. Phil Stephenson Failed to receive hearing

 

Topic Bill Author Cause of Death
Pastor Protection Bill HB 3567 Rep. Scott Sanford Some anti-LGBT language removed in committee, scheduled for consideration on House floor, did not reach floor before deadline
replaced with Senate companion
SB 2065 Sen. Craig Estes Intent of bill narrowed in House Journal, now stripped of anti-LGBT language bill passed, awaits Governor’s signature