Bill

HB 1239

87(R) - 2021
House State Affairs
House State Affairs
Religious Freedom
Constitution

Companion Bill

SB 26

Contact the Author

Scott Sanford

Phone:

512-463-0356

Capitol Office:

E1.408

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Yes
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive

Author(s)

Scott Sanford
Will Metcalf
Candy Noble
Richard Raymond
Shelby Slawson

Co-Author(s)

Steve Allison
Charles Anderson
Trent Ashby
Cecil Bell Jr.
Keith Bell
Kyle Biedermann
Greg Bonnen
Brad Buckley
Dustin Burrows
Briscoe Cain
Giovanni Capriglione
Jeff Cason
David Cook
Jay Dean
James Frank
John Frullo
Sam Harless
Cody Harris
Cole Hefner
Justin Holland
Lacey Hull
Todd Hunter
Jacey Jetton
Kyle Kacal
Phil King
Tracy King
Matt Krause
Stan Lambert
Ben Leman
Will Metcalf
Mayes Middleton
Jim Murphy
Tan Parker
Jarred Patterson
Dennis Paul
Four Price
Glenn Rogers
Matt Schaefer
Hugh Shine
Bryan Slaton
David Spiller
Phil Stephenson
Valoree Swanson
Ed Thompson
Tony Tinderholt
Cody Vasut
James White
Terry Wilson

Bill Caption

Relating to the prohibited suspension of laws protecting religious freedom and prohibited closure of places of worship.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 1239 would prohibit the suspension of state laws protecting religious freedom, including during a declared state of disaster. Government agencies and public officials would be prohibited from issuing an order that closes places of worship. Individuals whose free exercise has been substantially burdened in violation of this new prohibition would be permitted to raise it as a defense to an order.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports HB 1239 because it would protect individual liberty and limit government abuse. The free exercise of religion is a fundamental right that should not be restricted, even in states of disaster or emergency. HB 1239 further clarifies and would prevent the state or local governments from violating this fundamental right, including in a time in which they wield additional powers to respond to a disaster.

Contact the Author

Scott Sanford

Phone:

512-463-0356

Capitol Office:

E1.408

Email: