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HB 3859 - Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion - Texas Key Vote

Gary Elkins voted Yea (Passage) on this Legislation.

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Legislation - Signed (Executive) -

Title: Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion

Legislation - Bill Passed (Senate) (21-10) -

Title: Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion

Legislation - Bill Passed (House) (93-49) - (Key vote)
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Title: Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion

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Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that prohibits governmental entities from discriminating against child welfare services providers on the basis that such provider has declined services that conflict with their religious beliefs.

Highlights:
  • Prohibits any governmental entity from discriminating or taking adverse action against and child welfare services provider on the basis that such provider engages in any of the following (Sec. 1):

    • Declines or intends to decline services that conflict with their sincerely held religious beliefs;

    • Provides or intends to provide children under their care with a religious education; or

    • Declines or intends to decline to provide or facilitate abortions or contraceptives.

  • Specifies that no child welfare services provider may be required to provide services that conflict with their sincerely held religious beliefs (Sec. 1).

  • Requires a child welfare services provider who denies services to provide the individual seeking such services with at least one of the following (Sec. 1):

    • Written information directing the individual to the Department of Family and Protective Services web page which includes a list of child welfare services providers;

    • A referral to another child welfare services provider who provides the service being denied; or

    • A referral to the Department for assistance in locating a provider who provides the service being denied.
Legislation - Introduced (House) -

Title: Authorizes Child-Placement Agencies to Deny Services Based on Religion

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