TX House Passes Weakened Religious Liberty Bill

The Texas House passed a religious liberty bill this week that will likely be signed by Texas Governor Greg Abbott. The bill was stripped of its most controversial provisions, however, amid protests from ASAE and other business advocates that it would have licensed discrimination against the LGBTQ community. The version of Senate Bill 1978 that… Read more »

PA Legislation Threatens Private Certification

ASAE is concerned that a bill introduced in the Pennsylvania House poses a threat to private certification. In its current form, House Bill 811 could inappropriately interfere with the right of many private credentialing organizations to adopt and enforce their own ethics codes and procedures. ASAE is also concerned that, depending on the reading of… Read more »

TX Senate Advances Religious Liberty Bill

Over opposition from Democrats, the Texas Senate yesterday advanced a watered-down religious liberty bill that – in its original form – was viewed as discriminatory against the LGBTQ community. The proposal (S. 1978) will now return to the Texas House where the LGBTQ Caucus killed a very similar proposal on a procedural maneuver last week…. Read more »

Debate Continues Over LGBTQ Protections in TX

ASAE President and CEO John Graham joined other business leaders at a press conference April 30 in Austin, TX to oppose legislation that jeopardizes LGBTQ protections in cities like Dallas, Ft. Worth, Plano, Austin and San Antonio. The Texas House is considering three bills intended to stop cities from regulating paid sick leave, benefits and… Read more »

ASAE Opposes ‘Religious Refusal’ Bill in Texas

ASAE joined business and tourism leaders in Austin this week in opposing Senate Bill 17, a pending bill in the Texas Legislature that would weaken LGBTQ rights in the state. The bill, which would allow state-licensed professionals to deny services based on a “sincerely held religious belief,” advanced out of the Senate State Affairs Committee… Read more »