House Serves Up Religious Freedom, Passes Save Chick-fil-A Bill

May 21, 2019

Austin – Today, the Texas House passed (79-64) on third and final reading the Save Chick-fil-A religious freedom bill, SB 1978. Last week the House version (HB 3172) of the bill stopped on a technicality. Then, the Texas Senate moved SB 1978, the Senate companion, and gave it full passage last week.

The bill makes it clear the government cannot punish a private business or entity for making donations to religious organizations. The Senate will need to simply “concur” on the bill, and then it is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk. Last night on Twitter, Gov. Abbott indicated his apparent intention to sign the bill.  SB 1978 has had bipartisan support throughout the process.

The City of San Antonio recently banned Chick-fil-A from opening a store at the airport because of donations Chick Fil A made to The Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Nicole Hudgens Senior Policy Analyst for Texas Values Action said: “With over 150,000 messages sent to the Texas Legislature on this issue, it is clear Texans are hungry for religious freedom. We thank Rep. Krause and Sen. Hughes for delivering this bill, SB 1978, across the finish line and look forward to the Governor’s signature.”

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