Legislative Update: Bills Recently Filed

By Jared Woodfill,
Conservative Republicans of Texas
and Editor-in-Chief, 

At, we want to keep you posted on bills as they are filed.  The follow bills were filed on 2.14.17.

SB 893 by Sen. Bryan Hughes protects government employees who believe marriage should be between one man and one woman. We will provide more information on this bill in future articles.SB 892 by Sen. Charles Perry is the senate companion for Rep. Scott Sanford’s HB 1805, which protect child welfare workers.

SB 883 is an interesting disclosure bill requiring doctors and health care providers to disclose any policy or treatment plan they have for patients under 18 years of age.

HB 1902 by Rep. Sanford prohibits investment of retirement funds into companies that donate to Planned Parenthood. We will be discussing this bill in more detail in future articles.

Rep. Dan Flynn filed a bill providing religious liberty for clerks regarding marriages and marriage licenses. Rep Sanford has filed a similar bill that provides the same religious liberty protections for child welfare workers; it  doesn’t state it directly, but the effect is to protect these workers religious liberty when they don’t agree with placing a child in the home of homosexuals. We will provide more information on this bill.

Rep. Smithee filed a bill making changes to the Supreme Court’s jurisdiction. We will provide more information on this bill.

HB 26 by Rep. Simmons is really intriguing as it creates a Board of Behavior Analyst Examiners and it reaches school teachers. This might be a way to prevent teachers from teaching the Human Rights Campaign Welcoming Schools curriculum that literally creates transgender children starting in kindergarten. We will provide more information on this bill.

HB 25 by Rep. Simmons eliminates straight party voting. There are other bills that do this, but it’s the low number that signals support by Speaker Straus.

Sen. Huffman’s SB 24 – sermon protection bill – was heard in State Affairs and left pending. The record shows no witnesses testified.  ​We will provide more information on this bill.

Below is the text for the some of the bills described above.  I will keep you posted on the progress of these and other bills.

SB 893 Hughes re religious beliefs moral convictions marriage

SB 892 Perry rights of conscience for child welfare services providers

SB 883 Perry re disclosure of life-sustaining policies and treatments for patients under 18 years of age

HB 1902 Sanford no investment of retirement system funds in companies that donate to Planned Parenthood

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