Secular Texas has begun Bill Watch for the 84th Legislative Session. The bills are only beginning to come in, but there are already some inspiring ones and some truly hateful ones.
Here is a small taste of bills that have been filed so far this session:
HB 78: A strong bill calling for evidence based sex education in public schools, based around personal decision making and communication, instead of the current fear and shame tactics being used.
HJR 34: Calling for an amendment to the Texas Constitution to remove the ban on same-sex marriage.
SB 276: An incognito attempt to pass school vouchers, allowing state money to be funneled away from public schools, instead to private religious schools which are held to no academic standards.
SJR 10: Proposing an amendment to the Texas Constitution that would dismantle discrimination protections on the grounds of "religious freedom."
HB 623: A law that would make it illegal for state and local government employees to issue marriage licenses or perform ceremonies for same-sex couples when the Texas ban is overturned by federal courts. This law would punish any employees who dare violate the religious superstition of some by firing them and denying all pension benefits built up over years of service.