Author Archives: TFN

Finding Common Ground on HB 3567

Last Wednesday, the Texas House Committee on State Affairs took testimony on House Bill 3567, filed by state Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney. After hearing the intentions of the bill’s author and supporters, TFN has joined with the ACLU of Texas and Equality Texas to reach out in good faith to find common ground on this […]

TFN Statement on House Committee Passage of HB 4105

The following is a statement from Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller following today’s approval of HB 4105 by the Texas House State Affairs Committee. HB 4105 is designed to subvert a potential U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. It would bar public funding for, and bar state and […]

TFN Statement on HERO Ruling

A state judge today ruled that opponents of the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance did not gather enough valid petition signatures to force a repeal vote on the ordinance, which bars discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, race, religion, gender, military status and other categories. The anti-discrimination protections cover employment, housing and public […]

This Week @ the Texas Legislature: Discrimination in Adoption, Foster Care and Child Welfare

Click below for contact information of committee members. Wednesday, April 15 House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues On Wednesday, a state House committee will take up HB 3864, by state Rep. Scott Sanford, R-McKinney. Like the recent Indiana law that caused such backlash, this bill would authorize state-sanctioned discrimination purportedly to protect religious freedom. The […]

This Week @ the Texas Legislature: Attacking LGBT Equality

Click below for contact information of committee members. Wednesday, April 15 House State Affairs Committee On Wednesday, we will see yet another legislative hearing on a bill attacking LGBT Texans. This bill takes aim on a particularly vulnerable population — transgender teens. HB 2801 by state Rep. Gilbert Peña, R-Pasadena, would subject any school district […]

This Week @ the Legislature: Attacking Abortion Access

Click below for contact information of committee members. Tuesday, April 14 House State Affairs Committee Wednesday, April 15 House Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee Even after passing the most restrictive laws in the country, anti-abortion zealots in the Texas Legislature are back at it, trying to pass laws further squeezing access. They won’t stop until […]

This Week @ the Texas Legislature: Attacking Muslim Americans

Click below for contact information of committee members. Tuesday, April 14 Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committee For the second time this year, the House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence committee will hear bills targeting Muslim Americans with thinly veiled discriminatory legislation: HB 899 by state Rep. Pat Fallon, R-Frisco, would bar application of foreign laws and […]