Republican Party of Texas’ 2020-2021 Approved Bills for Legislative Priorities

Bills identified here as “approved” have been reviewed by the SREC’s Legislative Priorities committe as of April 20th, and have been found to meet at least an aspect of one of our Party’s Legislative Priorities, and the LP committee voted in favor of endorsing and supporting these bills. These bills have been filed by various legislators, and must each now make it through the complex legislative process before they may become law.

SB stands for Senate Bill

HB stands for House Bill

HJR stands for House Joint Resolution

HCR stands for House Concurrent Resolution

RESOLVED, that we, the Republican Party of Texas, urge the Texas Senate and House Republican Caucuses to adopt these legislative priorities as their own.

Election Integrity
Require citizenship verification of each voter, and felony penalties for Election Code violations that threaten election integrity.  
Approved bills: SB 7, SB 155, SB 1514, HB 6, HB 329, HB 335, HB 574, HB 1368, HB 2339, HB 2546, HB 3297, HB 4044, HB 4331

Religious Freedom
Restore the rights of individuals, organizations and businesses, to exercise their sincerely held religious beliefs by prohibiting local ordinances, state laws, or executive orders that violate those rights.   
Approved bills: SJR 27, SB 26, SB 247, SB 251, SB 573, SB 581, SB 654, SB 738, SB 797, SB 1201, SB 1674, SB1681, SB 1699, HCR 1, HJR 72, HB 525, HB 1218, HB 1239, HB 1291, HB 1424, HB 1458, HB 1487, HB 1569, HB 1579, HB 1691, HB 3596, HB 3940, HB 4500

Children and Gender Modification
Abolish the following practices for minors: intervention to prevent natural progression of puberty; administration of opposite sex hormones; and performance of any type of gender reassignment surgery.  
Approved bills: SB 1311, SB 1646, HB 68, HB 1399, HB 2693, HB 4014

Abolition of Abortion
Abolish abortion by ensuring the right to life and equal protection of the laws to all preborn children from the moment of fertilization.  
Approved bills: SB 9, SB 391, SB 1671, SJR 25, HJR 80, HJR 113, HB 1280, HB 1623, HB 3326, HB 3641

Constitutional Carry
Restore legal Texas firearms owners’ rights to carry them openly or concealed without a permit, while maintaining the option of a permit for reciprocity purposes.  
Approved bill: HB 1238, HB 1911, HB 1927, HB 2900

Monument Protection
All monuments or markers in our state shall be protected by law from being removed, defaced, destroyed, or otherwise dishonored. In particular, specific protection shall be given to the Alamo Cenotaph which shall not be removed from its current location off the Alamo Battlefield footprint.
Approved bills: SB 1416, SB 1501, HB 446, HB 1079, HB 2571, HB 2713, HB 2866, HB 3013, HB 3584

School Choice for All
Empower parents and guardians to choose from public, private, charter, or homeschool options for their children’s education using tax credits or exemptions without government restraint or intrusion.
Approved bills: SB 1968 by Bettencourt and identical companion bill HB 4537 by Middleton

SB 1968 by Bettencourt

and companion bill HB 4537 by Middleton

Bills which will also make incremental advances toward this priority: SB 481 by Kolkhorst and HB 1015 by Toth

Ban Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying
Abolish all forms of taxpayer-funded lobbying.  
Approved bills: SB 10, SB 234, HB 749, HB 1702, HB 2319