Texas Bill Prohibiting the Use of Public Money for Pro-Abortion Lobbying Activities (SB 906)
This law was last updated on Aug 29, 2019
SB 906 would prohibit the governing body of any political subdivision from spending public money to directly or indirectly influence or attempt to influence the outcome of any legislation pending before the legislature that may expand access to elective abortions by an abortion provider or an affiliate of an abortion provider.
The bill clarifies that this would not prevent an officer or employee of a political subdivision from providing information for a member of the legislature or appearing before a legislative committee at the request of the committee or member of the legislature.
Additionally, this would not prevent an elected officer of a political subdivision from advocating for or against the outcome of legislation pending before the legislature while acting as an officer of the political subdivision, or when such actions would not require a person to register as a lobbyist.
The bill would allow a taxpayer to bring action against any political subdivision that violates this provision.
A taxpayer or resident who prevails in an action would be entitled to recover from the political subdivision the taxpayer’s or resident’s reasonable attorney’s fees and costs incurred in bringing the action.
3/8/19 – Introduced.