Stonewall Democrats Of Dallas

TEXAS HOUSE LGBTQ CAUCUS

86th Legislative Session

 

Legislative Agenda 

Family 

     SJR 9 (Sen. Rodriguez, Sen. Hinojosa, Sen. Whitmire) 

     Proposing a constitutional amendment to repeal the constitutional provision providing that marriage in this state consists only of the union of one man and one woman and prohibiting this state or a political subdivision of this state from creating or recognizing any legal status identical or similar to marriage.

     HB 85 (Rep. Mary González)  

     Relating to the prosecution of the offense of indecency with a child.

     The affirmative defense that exists now, or “Romeo and Juliet defense”, exists to protect opposites-sex couples who engage in sexual conduct that adults may not approve of from being accused of felony.

○    This bill would apply this affirmative defense to same-sex couples to protect them from been taken to prison or being forced to register as a sex offender for consensual behavior, as the current law mandates. 

     HB 1910 (Rep. Dean) Potential Anti-LGBTQ

     Relating to consideration of a child's gender identity or expression in suits affecting the parent-child relationship and other proceedings involving children.

     HB 2756 (Rep. Leach) Potential Anti-LGBTQ (needs some others' opinions as to what it does and if it affects trans/intersex children regarding surgeries and conversion therapies)

     Relating to the protection of parental rights.

     SB 1009 (Birdwell) / Similar to HB 2109 (Flynn) Potential Anti-LGBTQ

     Relating to the right of recusal from the performance of certain marriage ceremonies.

 

 

Education

     HB 84 (Rep. Joe Moody )

     Relating to the repeal of the offense of homosexual conduct.

     Similar to SB 152 & SB 114, but this only crosses out “[homosexuality being] a criminal offense under Section 21.06, Penal Code”  from the education program.

     SB 152 (Sen. Rodriguez) / 

     Relating to the repeal of the criminal offense of homosexual conduct.

     Repealing the state’s sodomy law from the materials in the education programs (Section 21.06 of Texas Penal code), which has been obsolete since the U.S. Supreme Court struck it down in 2003 in Lawrence v. Texas.   

 

Infrastructure

HB 188 (Rep. Bernal)

○    Relating to the prohibition of housing discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression and to the enforcement of that prohibition.

 

Health 

     HB 75 (Rep. Minjarez) 

     This bill would make needle exchanges legal for any “employee, volunteer, duly authorized agent, or participant in, or is otherwise involved in operating, a pilot program established under other law to prevent the spread of certain infectious and communicable diseases.”

     SB 85 (Sen. Bob Hall) Anti-LGBTQ Legislation​          

     “Relating to the regulation of the conduct of certain counseling professions.”

     So-called religious freedom bill that allow professionals in certain counseling fields to refuse to treat a “person if providing the service would cause the license holder to violate a sincerely held religious belief”

     Such measures usually are used to target LGBTQ people 

     SB 114 (Sen. Menendez)

     Would remove language in the Texas health code & education programs that says “homosexuality is not a lifestyle acceptable to the general public.”

     SB 154 (Sen. Rodriguez)  / HB 1835 (Rosenthal) / HB 2089 (Coleman) 

     Relating to a change of name and sex for certain persons and the issuance of associated vital records and documentation; authorizing a fee.

○    LGBTQ members are ‘unable to update identification documents’ and endure exclusion from basic activities necessary to properly operate in society. 

     SB 538 (Johnson) 

     Relating to the issuance of a driver's license or personal identification certificate to a youth experiencing homelessness.

     Build a pathway for LGBTQ youths to obtain a free ID; many experience homelessness do not have access to the documentation required to apply for an ID and therefore encounter extreme obstacles to prosperity.

     HB 315 (Rep. Donna Howard)

     Related to a sales and use tax exemption for condoms, and systems and supplies to be used for diagnosis and treatment of humans. 

     HB 517 (Rep.Israel) / HB 1190 (Rep. Hernandez) 

     Relating to unprofessional conduct by mental health providers who attempt to change the sexual orientation of a child; providing penalties.

     This bill would ban the practice of “conversion therapy” on minors by mental health providers in the state. 14 states currently have laws banning the practice while some cities in other states offer protections through local ordinances. 

     HB 2462 (Rep. Hernandez) 

     Banning non-consensual intersex surgery 

 

Criminal Defense

     SB 153 (Sen. Rodriguez) / HB 978 (Beckley) / HB 980 (Beckley) / SB 114 (SB15- Rodriguez) / HB 1512 (Coleman)

     Relating to certain statutory changes to reflect and address same-sex marriages and parenting relationships and to the removal of provisions regarding the criminality or unacceptability of homosexual conduct.

     Current statute: DSHS states ‘homosexual conduct is not an acceptable lifestyle and is a criminal offense.

HB 244 (Rep. Farrar) 

     Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression; providing an administrative penalty; creating a criminal offense.

     Current statute: it is legal for any business to refuse service to LGBTQ individuals

     Similar to HB 254

HB 254 (Rep. Bernal) 

     Relating to the prohibition of certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression; providing an administrative penalty; creating a criminal offense.

     Similar to HB 244

     HB 595 (Rep. John Rosenthal) 

     Relating to making certain false alarms or reports because of bias or prejudice; increasing a criminal penalty.

     Bill would increase criminal penalty for making certain false alarms or reports because of bias or prejudice “against a group identified by race, color, disability, religion, national origin or ancestry, age, gender, or sexual preference or by status as a peace officer or judge.”

     HB 1513 (Coleman)

     Relating to a criminal offense committed against a person because of bias or prejudice on the basis of gender identity or expression.

     Update the current statute in which ‘enhanced penalties for violent crimes motivated by bias against victim’s race, religion, color, sex, disability, and sexual orientation, age, or national origin’, to include “gender identity and expression.” 

 

Business

 

     HB 850 (Rep. Eric Johnson)

     Relating to the prohibition of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

     This bill will help ensure that LGBTQ Texans have just opportunity to be judged by their qualifications and hard work. 

     HB 287 (Rep. Thompson)

     Relating to unlawful employment practices regarding discrimination in payment of compensation.

     This bill will address LGBTQ women ‘disproportionately affected by pay disparity.’

     HB 1035 (Rep. Zedler) / HB 2109 (Flynn) / SB 85 (Hall) / SB 444 (Perry) / SB 1009 (Birdwell) / SB 1107 (Birdwell) Potentially Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

○    Relating to protecting freedom of conscience from government discrimination.

○    Seeks to completely legalize discrimination against LGBTQ people in Texas by 'protecting freedom of conscience from government discrimination.' It would make it illegal for 'government entities' to punish individuals and/or business who refuse to provide services to transgender or gay people. 

○   This bill will protect LGBTQ discrimination based on religious beliefs or moral conviction.

   SB 15 (Creighton-- Buckingham , Campbell​  ) / HB 1654 (Goldman) Potentially Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

○   Relating to a prohibition against certain local regulation of private employers.

   SB 85 (Hall) Potentially Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

○    Relating to the regulation of the conduct of certain counseling professions.

   SB 17 (Perry -- Betterncourt, Birdwell, Campbell, Creighton, Hall, Lucio) / HB 2827 (King, Phill) Potentially Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

○    Relating to discrimination by a state agency against an applicant for or holder of an occupational license.

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