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Texas ‘Business License to Discriminate Bill’ (HB 1654)

This law was last updated on Sep 19, 2019

This law is Anti–LGBTQ




HB 1654


Failed to Pass


Feb 12, 2019


Co-sponsors: 4
Primary Sponsors: 3
Total Sponsors: 7


Anti-Transgender, LGBTQ

Full Bill Text

HB 1654 would prohibit any county or municipality from adopting or enforcing a local law, ordinance, resolution, rule or policy requiring any terms of employment that exceed or conflict with federal or state law relating to any form of employment leave, hiring practices, employment benefits, scheduling practices, or other terms of employment.

If passed, local measures enacted to protect LGBTQ workers from discrimination would be prohibited, and any such measure that existed prior would be null and void.

Related Legislation

Companion bill to SB 15.

Similar to HB 4097/SB 92, which failed to pass in 2017.

Similar to HB 1556/SB 1155, which failed to pass in 2016.

Latest Action

2/12/19 – Introduced.

3/4/19 – Referred to State Affairs.