Religious Liberty Legislation Killed In Texas House Quickly Resurfaces In Senate

Chris Fox
May 14, 2019 - 6:17 am
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AUSTIN (1080 KRLD) - Last week the newly formed State House LGBTQ caucus killed House bill 3172 on a point of order, by Monday State Senator Bryan Hughes’s companion Senate Bill 1978 was quickly passed favorably out of the Senate State Affairs Committee.

The bill would prevent state and local governments from discriminating against individuals or entities based on the individual's belief about marriage. When he laid out the legislation Hughes said, “The bill before the committee insures that an individual’s religious beliefs are protected from discrimination.”

LGBTQ rights groups call the bill a license to discriminate.

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller released a statement critical of how the Senate fast-tracked the bill into committee after the House version was killed. “It’s appalling to hold a ghost hearing and then take a snap vote that leaves virtually no chance for anyone to tell senators how such a sweeping discrimination bill would affect individuals and families across the state,” Miller said. 

The Senate State Affairs Committee considered SB1978 on Monday, just minutes after the Senate waived posting rules to allow the committee to bring up the bill. With virtually no notice, no one testified.

The bill is next headed to the calendars committee to schedule a full Senate vote.