Texas House Ready to Pass HB3172 and “Save Chick-fil-A”

May 9, 2019

Austin – The Texas House of Representatives today is set up to pass a religious freedom bill HB 3172, the First Amendment Defense Act, also known as the Save Chick-fil-A bill. The bill makes it clear that government can’t punish a private entity for making donations to Christian ministries or other religious organizations. The bill was on the calendar for last night, however, the house adjourned prior to debating it. HB3172 is therefore one of the bills at the top of the list for passage on second reading today. Timing is critically important as all House Bills must pass by midnight tonight per House rules. Texas Values Action expects HB3172 to pass before the deadline and with bi-partisan support. 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 said: “Texans are hungry for religious freedom and they believe the San Antonio government went too far by banning a Chick-fil-A store because of donations to the Salvation Army and other religious organizations.  The time to act is now.”

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