Outcomes of the 87th Legislative Session

What Happened to the Republican Party of Texas’ 2020-2021 Legislative Priorities’ Bills in the 87th Legislative Session

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


1. Election Integrity

Require citizenship verification of each voter, and felony penalties for Election Code violations that threaten election integrity.  Approved bills: SB 155, HB 329, HB 335, HB 574, HB 1368

SB 7 – by Hughes/Bettencourt/Birdwell/Buckingham/Campbell/Creighton/Hall/Kolkhorst/Nelson/
Paxton/Perry/Schwertner/Springer

Passed committees in both Senate and House, Senate adopted the conference committee report, a House point of order was overruled, then House Democrats left the chamber before midnight on May 30th, eliminating the quorum necessary to vote on the bill

SB 155 – by Perry

Passed in committees in Senate and House, passed in Senate and House, Senate adopted the conference committee report, (Companion HB 2339)

Was scheduled to be heard on the floor when the Democrats walked out Sunday night, May 30th, breaking the quorum

SB 1514 – by Taylor

Last action on TLO is “Referred to State Affairs,” no hearing listed

HB 6 – by Cain

Tabled, companion bill
SB 7considered in lieu of

HB 329 by Cain

Referred to Elections Committee and never received a hearing

HB 335 by Cain

Referred to Elections Committee and never received a hearing

HB 574 – by Bonnen/Goldman

Sent to Governor to sign

HB 1368 by Leach/Noble

Referred to Elections Committee and never received a hearing

HB 2339 by Klick

Tabled, Companion bill SB 155 considered in lieu of

HB 2546 by Jetton/Cain/Noble

Passed House Committee, passed Calendars, placed on General State Calendar and expired there

HB 4331 by Jetton/Lozano

Passed House Committee, never got past Calendars

HB 3297 by Allison/Burns/VanDeaver/Landgraf/Murr

Passed Committee, never got past Calendars

HB 4044 by Cain

Passed House Committee, never got past Calendars


2. 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: HCR 1, HJR 72, HB 525, HB 1218, HB 1239, HB 1291, HB 1424, HB 1487, HB 1569, HB 1691, HB 3596, SB 26, SB 251, SB 573, SB 654, SB 797

HJR 72 by Leach/Parker/Noble/Slawson

Postponed, then Companion considered in lieu of, laid on the table subject to call, Never made it out of the House

HB 525 by Shaheen/Dean/Noble/Harless/Cook

Passed both House and Senate Committees, Signed in the House, Signed in the Senate, reported enrolled

Sent June 1st to the Governor to sign

HB 1239 by Sanford/Metcalf/Raymond/Slawson/Noble

House concurred with Senate amendments, signed in both the Senate and House

Effective Immediately

HCR 1 by Kolkhorst

Sent to Governor to sign

HB 1218 by Oliverson/Huberty/Hefner/Anderson/Noble

Referred to Public Education Committee and never received a hearing

HB 1291 by Keith Bell/Oliverson/Cain/Noble/Sanford

Committee report was sent to Calendars and that’s where it stopped

HB 1424 by Oliverson/Klick/Krause/Rogers/Jetton

Placed on General State Calendar, never reached the floor

HB 1487 by Dean/Harless, Metcalf/Slawson/Oliverson

Had a hearing in State Affairs Committee but was never voted out

HB 1569 by Schofield/Hefner/Cook/Noble

Was left pending in Business & Industry Committee

HB 1691 by Tinderholt/Harless

Had a hearing in State Affairs Committee then was left pending

HB 3596 by Leach

Referred to State Affairs, never received a hearing

SB 26

by Paxton/Buckingham/Campbell/Creighton/Hall/Hancock/Hughes/Nelson/Perry/Schwertner/Springer

Referred to Senate State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

SB 29 by Perry/Bettencourt/Birdwell/Buckingham/Campbell/Creighton/Hall/Hancock/Hughes/Kolkhorst/Nelson/Nichols/Paxton/Seliger/Springer/Taylor

Passed the Senate, reached 2nd reading in the House, postponed, nonrecord vote, no 3rd reading

SB 247 by Perry

Passed in Senate, passed in House Committee, never got past Calendars

SB 251 by Perry/Paxton

Referred to State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

SB 573 by Springer, Companion HB 1291

Referred to Senate State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

SB 581 by Bettencourt/Creighton/Kolkhorst

Signed by the Governor, effective immediately

SB 654 by Bettencourt/Lucio/Springer

Referred to Senate Criminal Justice Committee, never received a hearing

SB 738 by Birdwell

Referred to Senate State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

SB 797 by Hughes

Sent to Governor to sign

SB 1201 by Hughes

Referred to Senate State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

SB 1681 by Hancock,
Companion HB 3596

Referred to Senate State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

SB 1699 by Hughes,
Companion HB 4500

Passed Senate Committee, placed on Intent Calendar then “Not again placed on intent calendar”

SB 1674 by Hall/Hughes/Kolkhorst/Perry, Companion HB 2693

Referred to Senate Health & Human Services Committee, never received a hearing

SJR 27 by Hancock,
Companion HJR 72

Signed in the House, signed in the Senate, filed with the Secretary of State


3. 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: HB 68, HB 1399, HB 2693, HB 4014

SB 1311 by Hall,
Companion HB 2693

Passed the Senate May 18, no committee hearing in the House

SB 1646 by Perry/Bettencourt/Birdwell/Buckingham/Campbell/Creighton/Hall/Hancock/Hughes/
Paxton/Schwertner/Springer/Taylor, Companion HB 4014

Passed the Senate April 28, never received a committee hearing in the House


HB 68 by Toth/Parker/Noble/Cecil Bell

Referred to Public Health Committee, never received a hearing

HB 1399 by Krause/Oliverson/Toth/Hefner/Parker

Passed Committee, Passed Calendars, Placed on House General State Calendar

HB 2693 by by Toth/Cain/Harris/Vasut/Burrows

Referred to Public Health Committee, never received a hearing

HB 4014 by Hefner

Referred to Public Health Committee, never received a hearing


4. 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, SJR 25, SB 391, HB 1280, HB 1623, HB 3326, HB 3641, HJR 80, HJR 113

SB 9: by Paxton/Bettencourt/Buckingham/Campbell/Hall/Hancock/Lucio/Perry/Seliger/Springer,Passed by the Senate, Referred to the House Public Health Committee on April 6, never received a hearing

SJR 25: by Hall, Referred to the Health & Human Services Committee, never received a hearing

SB 391: by Paxton/Bettencourt/Buckingham/Campbell/Hancock/Lucio/Perry/Springer, sent to Senate State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

HB 1280: by Capriglione/Klick/Noble/Hunter/Bonnen, üSent to the Governor to sign

HB 1515: by Slawson/Cain/Burrows/Klick/Leach, Companion SB 8, last actions reported on TLO are it passed House Public Health Committee and Committee Report was sent to Calendars April 30
(But we all know the Heartbeat Bill passed and was signed by the Governor)

HB 1623: by Toth, Referred to House Public Health Committee, never received a hearing

HB 3326: by Slaton, Referred to the House Public Health Committee, never received a hearing

HB 3641: by Slaton/Cason/Cain/Vasut/Biedermann, Referred to the House State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

HJR 80: by Slawson, Referred to the House State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

HJR 113: by Cason, Referred to House State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing


5. 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 bills: HB 1238, HB 1911, HB 1927, HB 2900

HB 1238: by Biedermann/White,had ahearing in House Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, left pending in committee

HB 1911: by White/Burrows/Canales/Schaefer/Hefner, Passed out of committee, sent to Calendars

HB 1927: by Schwertner/White/Hefner/Guillen/Canales, Sent to the Governor to sign

HB 2900: by Hefner, hearing held in Homeland Security & Public Safety Committee, left pending in committee


6. 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: HB 446, HB 1079, HB 2571, HB 2713, HB 2866, HB 3013, HB 3584

SB 1416: by Creighton/Bettencourt/Buckingham/Campbell/Hall/Hughes/Kolkhorst/Paxton/Perry/
Schwertner/Springer, Referred to the Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee, never received a hearing

SB 1501: by Buckingham, Companion HB 3584, Referred to the Senate Natural Resources & Economic Development Committee, never received a hearing

HB 446: by Allison/Ashby/Clardy/Keith Bell/Murr, hearing held in Criminal Jurisprudence Committee, left pending in committee

HB 1079: by Perez/Cain/Christina Morales/Guillen, hearing held in Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee, reported favorably by committee

HB 2571: by Slaton, referred to House Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee, never received a hearing

HB 2713: by Hefner/White/Metcalf/Cecil Bell, passed committee, passed Calendars, placed on House General State Calendar

HB 2866: by Biedermann, referred to Culture, Recreation & Tourism Committee, never received a hearing

HB 3013: by Biedermann/Krause/Burns, passed the House on May 14, received by the Senate on May 17, no action on the Senate side

HB 3584: by Murr/Krause/Allison/Burns/Ashby, passed and signed in both the House and Senate, sent on June 1st to the Governor to sign


7. 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 companion bill HB 4537 by Middleton

SB 1968: by Bettencourt, coauthors Lucio & Campbell, hearing held May 11, passed out of Education Committee with 7 Ayes 4 Nays on May 14, placed on Intent Calendar May 17, not again placed on Intent calendar May 18

HB 4537: by Middleton, coauthors Paul & Oliverson, referred to House Public Education Committee, never received a hearing

Topic-related bills:

SB 481: by Kolkhorst, Sent to the Governor to sign

HB 1015: by Toth, referred to the House Public Education Committee, never received a hearing

CSSB 1 Budget Amendment 84, by Herrero, VanDeaver, Morales Shaw, and Meza:
Passed overwhelmingly. All but 29 House Republican legislators voted for this amendment to “Defund School Choice of any kind.” Three of the 29 later reported that they had meant to vote for it, and one said he meant to vote against.


8. Ban Taxpayer-Funded Lobbying

Abolish all forms of taxpayer-funded lobbying. Approved bills: SB 234, HB 749, HB 1702, HB 2319

SB 10: by Bettencourt/Birdwell/Campbell/Creighton/Hall/Hancock/Hughes/Paxton/Perry/Springer, passed Senate Local Government Committee, passed Senate, passed House State Affairs Committee, passed Calendars, then postponed repeatedly

SB 234: by Hall, Companion HB 749, referred to Senate State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

HB 749: by Middleton/Burrows/Metcalf/Bonnen, hearing held on March 26, left pending in committee

HB 1702: by Middleton, referred to House State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing

HB 2319: by Jetton/Middleton, referred to House State Affairs Committee, never received a hearing