Building a State of Equality in Texas
May 8, 2013
I’m very pleased to tell you that Equality Texas, together with our allies in the Texas House, have defeated House Bill 1568.
HB 1568, by Rep. Drew Springer of Muenster, attempted to punish the Pflugerville Independent School District for offering health insurance benefits to the unmarried partners of employees. During the legislative process, the bill was modified into an attempt to massively expand the powers of the State Attorney General by giving him the ability to shut down any school district, without an appeals process or oversight.
The Texas House operates on a strict schedule with strict deadlines. Equality Texas worked with members of the powerful House Calendars Committee to ensure that HB 1568 missed last night’s midnight deadline to be scheduled for consideration on the House Floor. Accordingly, as of 12:01 a.m. today, HB 1568 is officially dead.
I am also happy to tell you that House Bill 360, by Rep. Matt Krause of Fort Worth, also died last night. HB 360 would have prohibited universities from requiring that officially recognized school organizations abide by the universities’ nondiscrimination policies.
Victories like this are possible because Equality Texas is in the State Capitol every day, talking to lawmakers and their staffs. Your support makes those personal relationships possible, and that’s how we defeated these bills. Please support our work by making a donation, or becoming a sustaining donor.
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