UPDATED 7:11 AM PT — Wednesday, May 15, 2019
The Texas state Senate can still save the day for Chick-fil-A. Republican state lawmakers are trying to protect the First Amendment rights of religious people, including religious businesses like Chick-fil-A.
The state Senate is considering a bill, nicknamed the “Save Chick-fil-A” bill, this week after its sponsor, Senator Bryan Hughes, was able to promote it in the Committee on State Affairs Monday.
“There have been disturbing stories that we’ve read about how folks are being punished just because they choose to contribute to a religious organization or an organization that shares their values and their beliefs,” Hughes explained.
He introduced the measure back in March. Since then, San Antonio’s City Council has voted to ban Chick-fil-A from the airport, and a university in Texas is trying to get it removed from campus.
Chick-fil-A is a restaurant that closes on Sundays, so its employees can have a day off to go to church or spend time with their families. It is also open to which charities it donates to and is clear about its values.
The state Senate version would not let governments, like city councils, use religion as a reason to deny anything from grants and contracts to jobs or scholarships.
Over in the state House, however, the same bill got sent back to its Committee on State Affairs during its second reading. This happened after a Democrat interrupted the bill’s sponsor before he could explain the measure. She argued the measure had new language to include people who might not hold sincere religious beliefs. The speaker overruled her after several minutes, but it did not end there. She successfully objected to an analysis of the measure, saying it was not accurate.
It is now up to the state Senate. If the senators pass their bill, the House would have until May 21st to pass it and send it on to the desk of Governor Greg Abbott. If the bill gets two-thirds of the votes from both the House and Senate, it could go into effect right away. Otherwise, it would take effect on September 1st.
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