“Save Chick-fil-A” Bill Clears Major Hurdle

May 20, 2019

Austin – Today, the Texas House passed (79-62) on second 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 Christian ministries or other religious organizations. Third and final House vote of the bill is now set for tomorrow. Then the Senate will need to simply “concur,” and the bill will then head to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk for his expected signature.  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 made to The Salvation Army and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Nicole Hudgens Senior Policy Analyst for Texas Values Action said: “With local Texas governments attacking businesses because of donations to religious groups, the time for this bill is now. We thank Rep. Krause for his work on getting this bill to the finish line.”

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