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85th TX Legislature: Legislative Priorities Week in Review

April 28th, 2017

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Legislative Alerts:

HB 375        Stickland/Schafer
Relating to providing for the carrying of handguns without a license and to related offenses and penalties.
Scheduled for public hearing in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee on 3/28 at 8am in E2.014

HB 1911    White
Relating to granting authority to carry a firearm to an unlicensed person who otherwise meets certain requirements for a handgun license and to related criminal offenses; creating a criminal offense.
Scheduled for public hearing in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee on 3/28 at 8am in E2.014

SB 139        Taylor, Van   
Relating to the applicability of adverse licensing, listing, or registration decisions by certain health and human services agencies.
Placed on Senate Intent Calendar, 3/27

HB 2962    Capriglione
Relating to reporting requirements by health care practitioners and certain health care facilities for abortion complications; creating a criminal offense.
Scheduled for a public hearing in the State Affairs Committee on 3/29, at 10:30am or upon final adjourn./recess in JHR 140

HB 1269        Villalba
Relating to open-enrollment charter schools.
Scheduled for a public hearing in the Public Education Committee on 3/28 at 8am in E2.036

HB 3859      Frank | Dale
Relating to the conscience rights of certain religious organizations and individuals.
Scheduled for Public Hearing in State Affairs Committee on 3/29, at 10:30am or upon final adjourn./recess in room JHR 140

HCR 39        Stephenson
Supporting prayers, including the use of the word “God,” at public gatherings, and displays of the Ten Commandments in public educational institutions and other government buildings.
Scheduled for Public Hearing in State Affairs Committee on 3/29, at 10:30am or upon final adjourn./recess in room JHR 140

Progress Report on the RPT’s 8 legislative priorities:

Priority: Pass constitutional carry while maintaining licensing as optional for reciprocity purposes.  
 Bills enacting priority in its entirety:

HB 375        Stickland/Schafer
Relating to providing for the carrying of handguns without a license and to related offenses and penalties.
Scheduled for public hearing in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee on 3/28 at 8am in E2.014

HB 1911    White
Relating to granting authority to carry a firearm to an unlicensed person who otherwise meets certain requirements for a handgun license and to related criminal offenses; creating a criminal offense.
Scheduled for public hearing in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee on 3/28 at 8am in E2.014

Bills also relating to priority:

SB 16         Nichols/Huffman
Relating to the removal of a fee for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun.
Placed on Senate Intent Calendar, 3/22 

HB 300         King, Phil | Zerwas | Kacal | Cook | Burns

Relating to the removal of a fee for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun.
Public hearing in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee on 3/21, left pending in committee

HB 339         Burrows | Landgraf | Springer | Kacal | Murr
Relating to the removal of a fee for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun.
Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee

HB 1024     Kacal
Relating to the removal of a fee for the issuance of an original, duplicate, modified, or renewed license to carry a handgun.
Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee

Priority: Abolish abortion by enacting legislation to stop the murder of unborn children; and to ignore and refuse to enforce any and all federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, and court rulings which would deprive an unborn child of the right to life.  
Bills enacting priority in its entirety:

HB 948        Tinderholt
Relating to prohibiting abortion and recognizing the rights, powers, and privileges of all unborn children at every stage of gestation from fertilization until birth; affecting criminal offenses and penalties.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

Bills also relating to priority:

SB 8        Schwertner | Campbell | Kolkhorst | Nelson | Perry   
Relating to certain prohibited abortions and the treatment and disposition of a human fetus, human fetal tissue, and other tissue resulting from pregnancy; creating a civil cause of action; creating offenses.
Passed the Senate, Reported engrossed, Received in the House from the Senate

SB 20        Taylor, Larry    
Relating to health plan and health benefit plan coverage for abortions.
Read 2nd time and passed to Engrossment, 3/22

SB 25        Creighton | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | Estes | Hall | Hancock | Huffines | Huffman | Kolkhorst | Nelson | Nichols | Perry | Schwertner | Seliger | Taylor, Larry | Taylor, Van
Relating to eliminating the wrongful birth cause of action.

Passed the Senate, Reported engrossed, Received in the House from the Senate

SB 139        Taylor, Van   
Relating to the applicability of adverse licensing, listing, or registration decisions by certain health and human services agencies.
Placed on Senate Intent Calendar, 3/27

SB 258        Huffines   
Relating to the disposition of an unborn child’s remains after an abortion.
Reported favorably as substituted out of Health & Human Services Committee; Placed on Senate Intent Calendar, 3/15

SB 406        Hall   
Relating to certificates of birth resulting in stillbirth, fetal death certificates, and the disposition of fetal remains; imposing administrative penalties.
Referred to Health & Human Services Committee

SB 415        Perry   
Relating to a prohibition on the performance of dismemberment abortions; providing penalties; creating a criminal offense.
Passed the Senate, Reported engrossed, Received in the House from the Senate

SB 855        Campbell
Relating to prohibiting certain transactions between a governmental entity and an abortion facility or affiliate of the facility.
Referred to Health & Human Services Committee

SB 872        Perry
Relating to reporting requirements by physicians and certain health care facilities regarding complications resulting from an abortion.
Referred to Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1377        Buckingham
Relating to human trafficking signs at abortion facilities and offenses associated with human trafficking and coerced abortion; increasing criminal penalties.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

SB 1427        Hancock | Campbell
Relating to providing information regarding perinatal hospice care and prohibiting discriminatory abortions; creating an administrative penalty, a civil remedy, and criminal offenses.
Referred to Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1602        Campbell | Perry
Relating to reporting requirements by healthcare practitioners and certain health care facilities for abortion complications and to an annual report by the Department of State Health Services; providing a civil penalty.
Referred to Health & Human Services Committee

SB 1948        Hughes
Relating to electronic reporting requirements for an abortion facility.

SJR 9        Hall   
Proposing a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to life of unborn children and prohibiting abortion to the extent authorized under federal constitutional law.
Referred to Health & Human Services Committee

HB 35        Cook
Relating to the disposition of embryonic and fetal tissue remains; imposing a civil penalty.
Left pending in State Affairs Committee, 3/8

HB 87        Schaefer
Relating to the regulation of abortion procedures.
Referred to State Affairs

HB 144        Schaefer
Relating to electronic reporting requirements for an abortion facility.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 200        Burkett
Relating to certain prohibited abortions and the treatment and disposition of a human fetus, human fetal tissue, and other tissue resulting from pregnancy; creating a civil cause of action; creating offenses.
Left pending in State Affairs Committee, 3/22

HB 201        Cook       
Relating to disposition of fetal remains by a healthcare facility; imposing penalties.
No action taken in State Affairs Committee, 3/8

HB 434        Simmons
Relating to eliminating the wrongful birth cause of action.

Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 612        Leach       
Relating to voluntary and informed consent to an abortion and prevention of coerced abortions; providing penalties; creating an offense.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 844        Klick
Relating to a prohibition on the performance of dismemberment abortions; providing penalties; creating a criminal offense.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 872        Roberts
Relating to the applicability of certain laws to an agreement authorizing certain persons to make decisions regarding a child.
Referred to Human Services Committee

HB 1049    Swanson
Relating to prohibited acts regarding abortion for a physician or applicant for a medical license.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 1113    Smithee
Relating to health plan and health benefit plan coverage for abortions.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 1936    Springer   
Relating to prohibiting certain transactions between a governmental entity and an abortion facility or affiliate of the facility.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 1960    Laubenberg
Relating to the applicability of adverse licensing, listing, or registration decisions by certain health and human services agencies.
Referred to Public Health Committee

HB 1971    Schaefer
Relating to providing information regarding perinatal hospice care and prohibiting discriminatory abortions; creating an administrative penalty, a civil remedy, and criminal offenses.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 2348    Swanson
Relating to certificates of birth resulting in stillbirth, fetal death certificates, and the disposition of fetal remains; imposing administrative penalties.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 2349    Swanson
Relating to the filing of a fetal death certificate after an abortion.

HB 2858    Burns | Shine | Paul
Relating to human trafficking signs at abortion facilities and offenses associated with human trafficking and coerced abortion; increasing criminal penalties.

HB 2962    Capriglione
Relating to reporting requirements by health care practitioners and certain health care facilities for abortion complications; creating a criminal offense.
Scheduled for a public hearing in the State Affairs Committee on 3/29, at 10:30am or upo final adjourn./recess in JHR 140

HB 3246    Leach
Relating to voluntary and informed consent to an abortion and actions to be taken by an abortion provider to prevent coerced abortions and human trafficking.

HB 3248    Leach
Relating to prevention of coerced abortions and human trafficking; creating an offense.

HB 3544    Cain
Relating to prohibited state contracts with vendors that perform elective abortions, destructive embryonic stem cell research, or human cloning or that conduct research on human fetal tissue.

HB 3771    Cook
Relating to the definition of abortion for the purpose of the regulation of abortion facilities.

HJR 104        Shaheen
Urging the Congress of the United States to propose for ratification an amendment to the United States Constitution which would prohibit, with one exception, the practice of abortion within the United States or in any place subject to their jurisdiction or, in the alternative, applying to Congress to call a convention, pursuant to Article V of that Constitution, for the specific and limited purpose of proposing such an amendment to that Constitution for ratification.
Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select

HJR 121        Fallon
Proposing a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to life of unborn children and prohibiting abortion to the fullest extent possible and to be known as the “Life at Conception provision of the Texas Constitution’s Bill of Rights”.

HJR 122        Swanson
Proposing a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to life of unborn children and prohibiting abortion to the extent authorized under federal constitutional law.

HJR 123        Krause | Burrows | Schaefer
Proposing a constitutional amendment guaranteeing the right to life of unborn children and prohibiting abortion to the fullest extent possible.

Priority: Prioritize the allocation of funds to effectively secure the border through whatever means necessary, including but not limited to barriers, personnel, and technology over land, sea, and air, because the federal government refuses to secure the southern border of Texas.
Bills enacting priority in its entirety:
*HB1 & SB1 (the budget bills) are the only ones filed that can ultimately implement this priority.  Both are being tracked by the legislative committee for their inclusion of border security funding.

SB 1        Nelson
General Appropriations Bill

Placed on Senate Intent Calendar, 3/27

HB 1        Zerwas
General Appropriations Bill
Invited testimony will be heard in the Appropriations Committee on 3/39 and 3/30 at 7:30am in E1.030

Bills also relating to the priority:

SB 280        Huffines
Relating to the prosecution of the offense of criminal trespass
Referred to Criminal Justice Committee

SB 514        Hall
Relating to an interstate compact on border security and refugee resettlement; authorizing fines and fees.
Referred to Vet Affairs & Border Security Committee

SB 619        Estes
Relating to county and municipal cooperation with state and federal immigration law enforcement and efforts to enhance international border security.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 2042        Schaefer
Relating to an interstate compact on border security and immigration enforcement.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 2137    Biedermann
Relating to an interstate compact on border security, immigration enforcement, and refugee resettlement.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

Priority: Call for a limited Article V convention of states for the specific purpose of restricting the power of the federal government, including the implementation of term limits, and balanced budget amendment. Any proposed amendments must be ratified by ¾ of the states.  
Bills enacting priority in its entirety:

SJR 2        Birdwell | Bettencourt | Campbell | Creighton | Hancock | Huffines | Perry | Seliger | Taylor, Larry
Applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited purpose of proposing one or more amendments to the constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and to limit the terms of office of federal officials and members of Congress.
Passed by the Senate, Reported engrossed, Received in the House from the Senate

HJR 39        Miller, Rick | Zerwas | Burns | Larson | Price
Applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited purpose of proposing one or more amendments to the constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government, to limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, and to limit the terms of office of federal officials and members of Congress.
Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select Committee

Bills also related to the priority:

SB21        Birdwell | Bettencourt | Campbell | Creighton | Hancock | Huffines | Perry | Seliger | Taylor, Larry
Relating to the qualifications, duties, and limitations of Texas delegates to a convention called under Article V of the United States Constitution.
Passed by the Senate, Reported engrossed, Received in the House from the Senate

SB 959        Hughes
Relating to the adoption of the Compact for a Balanced Budget.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

SJR 37        Nichols
Applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited purpose of proposing an amendment to the constitution to impose term limits for justices of the United States Supreme Court and to allow the states to overturn a decision of the United States Supreme Court.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

SJR 38        Estes
Rescinding certain applications made by the Texas Legislature to the United States Congress to call a national convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for proposing any amendment to that Constitution.
Passed by the Senate, Reported engrossed, Received in the House from the Senate

SJR 40        Huffines
Applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited purpose of proposing an amendment to the constitution to limit the terms of office of members of Congress.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 506        King
Relating to the qualifications, duties, and limitations of Texas delegates to a convention called under Article V of the United States Constitution.
Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select Committee

HJR 44        Workman
Applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited purpose of proposing an amendment to the constitution to impose fiscal restraints on the federal government.
Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select Committee

HJR 77        Klick
Rescinding the 1899 application of the 26th Texas Legislature to the United States Congress to call an unrestricted national convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for proposing undisclosed amendments to that Constitution.
Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select Committee

HJR 78        Klick
Rescinding the 1901 and 1911 applications to the United States Congress to call a national convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the direct election of U.S. Senators.
Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select Committee

HJR 80        Cain | Biedermann
Applying to the Congress of the United States to call a convention under Article V of the United States Constitution for the limited purpose of proposing an amendment to the constitution to limit the terms of office of members of Congress.
Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select Committee

HJR 104        Shaheen
Urging the Congress of the United States to propose for ratification an amendment to the United States Constitution which would prohibit, with one exception, the practice of abortion within the United States or in any place subject to their jurisdiction or, in the alternative, applying to Congress to call a convention, pursuant to Article V of that Constitution, for the specific and limited purpose of proposing such an amendment to that Constitution for ratification.
Referred to State & Federal Power & Responsibility, Select Committee

Priority: Replace the property tax system with an alternative other than the income tax and require voter approval to increase the overall tax burden.  
Bills related to the priority:

SB 2        Bettencourt | Creighton | Hancock | Taylor, Van
Relating to ad valorem taxation.
Passed in the Senate, Reported Engrossed, Received in the House from the Senate

SB 669              Nelson
Relating to the system for protesting or appealing certain ad valorem tax determinations; authorizing a fee.
Reported favorably as substituted out of Finance Committee; committee report printed and distributed, 3/20

HB 888              Raymond | Cain
Relating to honesty in state taxation.
Referred to Ways & Means Committee

HB 1050     Swanson
Relating to the abolition of ad valorem taxes.
Referred to Ways & Means Committee

Additionally, there are a large number of bills that have been filed that relate in some way to the property tax system.  Use TLO keyword “property tax” or “ad valorem” to search on this subject.

Priority:  Working to advocate for comprehensive school choice in a manner consistent with the RPT Platform. 
Bills related to the priority:

SB 3        Taylor
Relating to the establishment of an education savings account program and a tax credit scholarship and educational expense assistance program.
Testimony taken in Education Committee, 3/23

SB 457        Campbell
Relating to funding for an open-enrollment charter school based on the guaranteed level of state and local funds provided to school districts through the existing debt allotment.
Referred to Education Committee

SB 542        Bettencourt
Relating to an insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations.
Referred to Education Committee

SJR 33        Huffines
Proposing a constitutional amendment protecting private schools and home schools from state and local regulation.
Referred to Education Committee

HB 1184        Bohac/Workman/Villalba/Zerwas
Relating to an insurance premium tax credit for contributions made to certain educational assistance organizations.
Referred to Public Education Committee

HB 1269        Villalba
Relating to open-enrollment charter schools.
Scheduled for a public hearing in the Public Education Committee on 3/28 at 8am in E2.036

HB 1335        Simmons
Relating to the establishment of an education savings account program for certain children with special needs and other educational disadvantages.
Referred to Public Education Committee

Priority:  We support denial and/or withdrawal of public funds for entities, public and/or private, not in compliance with immigration laws, including sanctuary cities or campuses. 
Bills enacting priority in its entirety:

SB 4        Perry
Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of state and federal laws governing immigration and to the duties of law enforcement agencies concerning certain arrested persons.
Passed the Senate, Left pending in House State Affairs Committee on 3/15

SB 619        Estes
Relating to county and municipal cooperation with state and federal immigration law enforcement and efforts to enhance international border security.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 889        Geren | Workman | Kuempel | Bonnen, Dennis
Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of state and federal laws governing immigration and to the duties of law enforcement agencies concerning certain arrested persons.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 611        Leach
Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of state and federal laws governing immigration and to the duties of law enforcement agencies concerning certain arrested persons.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

 HB 754        Fallon
Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of state and federal laws governing immigration and to the duties of law enforcement agencies concerning certain arrested persons.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 1308    Holland
Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of state and federal laws governing immigration and to the duties of law enforcement agencies concerning certain arrested persons.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

Bills also related to the priority:

SB 23        Schwertner | Bettencourt | Birdwell | Burton | Campbell | Creighton | Hancock | Huffines | Huffman | Hughes | Kolkhorst | Nelson | Perry | Seliger | Taylor, Van
Relating to requiring state contractors to participate in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program, or E-verify.
Reported favorably as substituted out of Business & Commerce Committee; placed on Senate Intent Calendar, 3/22

SB 85        Hall
Relating to the verification of employment authorization by state contractors and state grant recipients, including the use of the federal E-verify program, and to authorization for the suspension of certain licenses held by private employers for the knowing employment of persons not lawfully present in this state; authorizing a fee.
Referred to Business & Commerce Committee

SB 108        Hall
Relating to increasing the punishment for certain felony offenses committed by a person who is unlawfully present in the United States.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

SB 764        Huffines
Relating to accounting for costs incurred by this state as a result of the presence of persons who are not lawfully present in the United States.
Referred to Finance Committee

SB 765        Huffines
Relating to providing the financial cost incurred by the Texas Education Agency as a result of providing educational services to persons who are not lawfully present in the United States.
Referred to Finance Committee

SB 766        Huffines
Relating to accounting for costs incurred by the health and human services system as a result of the presence in this state of persons who are not lawfully present in the United States.
Referred to Finance Committee

SB 767        Huffines
Relating to accounting for costs incurred by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice as a result of the presence in this state of persons who are not lawfully present in the United States.
Referred to Finance Committee

SB 986        Buckingham | Perry
Relating to a grant program to support the enforcement of immigration law by a municipality or county.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

SB 1054        Estes
Relating to increasing the punishment for certain offenses committed by a person who is unlawfully present in the United States; changing eligibility for parole and mandatory supervision.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

SB 2094        Hall | Perry
Relating to establishment of the immigration authority delegation training grant program for local law enforcement agencies.

HB 52        Metcalf
Relating to the enforcement of state and federal laws governing immigration and the duties of law enforcement agencies concerning arrested persons and certain persons lawfully detained.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 124        Krause
Relating to the duties of a law enforcement agency regarding the immigration status of an arrested person and the enforcement of an immigration detainer.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 149        Simmons
Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of state and federal laws governing immigration.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 762        Shaheen
Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of state and federal laws governing immigration.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 763        Shaheen
Relating to the duties of a law enforcement agency regarding the immigration status of an arrested person and the enforcement of an immigration detainer.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 764        Shaheen
Relating to civil liability of a local government for failure to comply with an immigration detainer.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 921        Kacal
Relating to the duties of a law enforcement agency regarding the immigration status of an arrested person and the enforcement of an immigration detainer.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 1109    Schofield
Relating to the enforcement by certain governmental entities of state and federal laws governing immigration.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 1222    Rinaldi
Relating to the suspension of certain licenses held by private employers for the knowing employment of persons not lawfully present in this state; authorizing a fee.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 1265    Oliverson
Relating to training of peace officers employed by the Department of Public Safety concerning the enforcement of federal immigration laws.
Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee

HB 1453    Bonnen, Greg
Relating to requiring state contractors and political subdivisions of this state to participate in the federal electronic verification of employment authorization program, or E-verify, and authorizing the suspension of certain licenses held by private employers for the knowing employment of persons not lawfully present in this state; authorizing a fee.
Referred to State Affairs Committee    

HB 1760    Fallon
Relating to money transmissions sent to destinations outside the United States; imposing a fee.
Referred to Investments & Financial Services Committee

HB 2191     Dale
Relating to the eligibility of certain entities for grants awarded by the criminal justice division of the governor’s office.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 3698    Isaac
Relating to the ineligibility of certain governmental entities that prohibit or discourage the enforcement of immigration laws to participate in and receive funds from the major events reimbursement program.

Priority: Protect the citizens of Texas from unlawful encroachments on their First Amendment rights, including Constitutional religious liberty and freedom of speech, and as specified in RPT Platform plank 153.
Bills enacting the priority in its entirety:

SB 6        Kolkhorst
Relating to regulations and policies for entering or using a bathroom or changing facility; authorizing a civil penalty; increasing criminal penalties.
Passed the Senate; Reported engrossed; Received in the House from the Senate

SB 24        Huffman/Hancock
Relating to a privilege from disclosure to governmental units for certain evidence concerning sermons delivered by a religious leader.
Passed in the Senate, Reported engrossed, Received in the House from the Senate

SB 522        Birdwell/Perry
Relating to issuing a marriage license and conducting a marriage ceremony.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

SB 651        Perry/Birdwell/Hughes
Relating to discrimination by a state agency against an applicant for or holder of an occupational license.
Referred to Business & Commerce Committee

SB 893        Hughes
Relating to the protection of religious beliefs and moral convictions regarding marriage.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

SB 1536       Campbell | Perry
Relating to the ability of a child-placing agency to decline to provide services or accept a referral from the Department of Family and Protective Services on the basis of sincerely held religious beliefs.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

SB 1609      Bettencourt | Kolkhorst
Relating to regulation by a property owners’ association of certain religious displays.
Referred to Business & Commerce Committee

SB 2096      Hall
Relating to the regulation of the conduct of certain counseling professions.

HB 428        King, Phil
Relating to certain requirements of public institutions of higher education regarding student organization membership.
Referred to Higher Education Committee

HB 522        Schofield
Relating to regulation by a property owners’ association of certain religious displays.
Considered in public hearing in Business & Industry Committee; left pending in Committee, 3/6

HB 1253    Sanford
Relating to the free speech right of a member of a board of trustees of a school district.
Referred to Public Education Committee

HB 1362     Shaheen
Relating to state agency and local government regulation of the use of multi-occupancy private spaces.
Referred to State Affairs

HB 1485    Swanson
Relating to academic freedom for public school teachers providing science instruction.
Referred directly to subcommittee on Educator Quality by chair of Public Education Committee

HB 1805    Sanford
Relating to protection of the rights of conscience for child welfare services providers.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 1813    Flynn | Keough
Relating to issuing a marriage license and conducting a marriage ceremony.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 1923    Krause | Sanford
Relating to the protection of religious beliefs and moral convictions regarding marriage.
Referred to State Affairs Committee

HB 2779    Schaefer
Relating to protecting freedom of conscience from government discrimination.

HB 2795    Sanford | Schaefer
Relating to issuing a marriage license and conducting a marriage ceremony.

HB 2876    Sanford
Relating to the rights of wedding industry professionals and their employees in connection with the provision of goods, services, and facilities that would violate a sincerely held religious belief.

HB 3571    Oliverson
Relating to civil actions based on and local governmental punishment of a person’s refusal to violate the person’s sincerely held religious belief.

HB 3856     Rinaldi
Relating to the regulation of the conduct of certain counseling professions.

HB 3859      Frank | Dale
Relating to the conscience rights of certain religious organizations and individuals.
Scheduled for Public Hearing in State Affairs Committee on 3/29, at 10:30am or upon final adjourn./recess in room JHR 140

HB 3956    Geren
Relating to a privilege from disclosure to governmental units for certain evidence concerning sermons delivered by a religious leader.

HCR 39        Stephenson
Supporting prayers, including the use of the word “God,” at public gatherings, and displays of the Ten Commandments in public educational institutions and other government buildings.
Scheduled for Public Hearing in State Affairs Committee on 3/29, at 10:30am or upon final adjourn./recess in room JHR 140

Bills also related to the priority:

SB 1510        Perry
Relating to rates charged by certain transmission and distribution utilities to certain places of worship.
Referred to Business & Commerce Committee

HB 89        King, Phil | Goldman | Alvarado | Davis, Sarah
Relating to state contracts with and investments in companies that boycott Israel.
Considered in public hearing in State Affairs Committee; left pending in Committee, 3/22

HB 421        Rinaldi/Krause/Leach
Relating to the exemption from application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a place of religious worship.
Considered in public hearing in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee; left pending in Committee, 3/7

HB 659        Villalba
Relating to the employment of a commissioned security officer by a religious organization.
Considered in public hearing in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee; left pending in Committee, 3/7

HB 758        Keough/Metcalf/Bell
Relating to the authority of a religious organization to obtain a refund of ad valorem taxes imposed on property leased to the organization for use as an actual place of religious worship.
Referred to Ways & Means Committee

HB 981        Wray | Price
Relating to the carrying of handguns by and an exemption from application of the Private Security Act of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at an established place of religious worship.
Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee

HB 1267    Schaefer
Relating to the exemption from certain security licensure of certain persons who provide security services on a volunteer basis at a private primary or secondary school or at a place of religious worship.   
Referred to Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee

HB 3534    Lambert
Relating to rates charged by certain transmission and distribution utilities to certain places of worship.

HB 3555    Swanson
Relating to an innovation grant program for community faith-based programs that collaborate with the Department of Family and Protective Services to improve foster care.

HJR 49        Keough
Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for the refund of ad valorem taxes imposed on property leased to a religious organization for use as an actual place of religious worship.
Referred to Ways & Means Committee

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