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 »

TX Bill Could Weaken LGBTQ Protections

ASAE is joining a coalition of business and tourism interests in voicing concern that a pending bill in the Texas Legislature would weaken protections for LGBTQ workers in the state. At issue is a proposed bill (Senate Bill 15) that would prohibit cities from requiring private companies to offer paid sick leave to their employees…. Read more »

Federal and State Privacy Legislation Gaining Steam

Federal and state lawmakers are stepping up efforts to pass legislation regulating how companies collect and use personal data. Calls for a national privacy law have gained force after some high-profile missteps last year like Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal and the enactment of sweeping privacy regulations in Europe that among other things require companies to… Read more »