Bill Text: TX HB2899 | 2017-2018 | 85th Legislature | Introduced


Bill Title: Relating to the regulation of discrimination by political subdivisions.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 14-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2017-04-19 - Left pending in committee [HB2899 Detail]

Download: Texas-2017-HB2899-Introduced.html
  85R11181 JCG-D
 
  By: Simmons H.B. No. 2899
 
 
 
A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
 
AN ACT
  relating to the regulation of discrimination by political
  subdivisions.
         BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF TEXAS:
         SECTION 1.  The heading to Chapter 250, Local Government
  Code, is amended to read as follows:
  CHAPTER 250. MISCELLANEOUS REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF
  MUNICIPALITIES, [AND] COUNTIES, AND OTHER LOCAL GOVERNMENTS
         SECTION 2.  Chapter 250, Local Government Code, is amended
  by adding Section 250.008 to read as follows:
         Sec. 250.008.  CERTAIN REGULATION OF DISCRIMINATION
  PROHIBITED. (a)  A political subdivision may not adopt an order,
  ordinance, or other measure to:
               (1)  protect a class of persons from discrimination; or
               (2)  reduce or expand a class of persons protected
  under state law from discrimination.
         (b)  An order, ordinance, or other measure that is adopted by
  a political subdivision before the date this section becomes law
  and that violates Subsection (a) is null and void.
         SECTION 3.  This Act takes effect immediately if it receives
  a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house, as
  provided by Section 39, Article III, Texas Constitution.  If this
  Act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, this
  Act takes effect September 1, 2017.
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