Senate Passes “Save Chick-fil-A” Bill SB 1978

May 16, 2019

Austin – The Texas Senate passed the Save Chick-fil-A religious freedom bill, SB 1978 by a bipartisan vote of 19-12. Last week the House version of the bill stopped on a technicality. The bill makes it clear that government can not punish a private business or entity for making donations to Christian ministries or other religious organizations. The Senate passing this bill is an important step, but time is running out on this important religious freedom effort which has bipartisan support. Earlier in the day Speaker Greg Bonnen said he supported the measure in an interview.

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.

Jonathan Saenz, President of Texas Values Action said: “This bipartisan Texas Senate vote on the Chick-fil-A bill was essential for religious freedom and government accountability. It’s late but there is still enough time for this must-pass bill to get approval in the House and go to Gov. Abbott for his signature.”

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