Honorable Dade Phelan, Chair, House Committee on State Affairs
John McGeady, Assistant Director Sarah Keyton, Assistant Director Legislative Budget Board
HB3172 by Krause (relating to the protection of membership in and support to religious organizations.), Committee Report 1st House, Substituted
No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
The bill would define adverse action and prohibit a governmental entity from taking any adverse action against any person based wholly or in part on a person's membership in, affiliation with, or contribution, donation, or other support provided to a religious organization. The bill would authorize a person to assert an actual or threatened violation in a judicial or administrative proceeding and obtain injunctive relief, declaratory relief, court costs, and reasonable attorney's fees.
The bill would require the Office of Attorney (OAG) to defend agency actions and authorize the OAG to bring an action for relief against a government entity to enforce compliance.
The bill would waive sovereign or governmental immunity.
Local Government Impact
According to the Texas Municipal League, there may be a fiscal impact to cities whenever governmental immunity is waived.
According to the Texas Association of Counties, the costs associated with implementing the provisions of the bill cannot be determined, but the bill could result in additional costs to counties incurred as a result of litigation.
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