• The Religious Equal Access Act

    • Feb 21, 2013

    Today I filed H.B. 1525, which prohibits the Board of Trustees of an independent school district from treating religious organizations differently than they treat non-religious organizations regarding access to school campuses during non-instructional time.

    The United States Supreme Court has made it clear that if a government-owned property is open to public expression and assembly, those citizens who would utilize the property may not be subject to viewpoint discrimination, specifically religious viewpoint discrimination. H.B. 1525 takes the findings of the Supreme Court in cases like Good News Club v. Milford Central School and Lamb’s Chapel v. Center Moriches Union Free School District, and codifies them in Texas law, ensuring that all speech is protected and allowed in government-owned properties in our state.

    I worked as a constitutional attorney for Liberty Counsel for nearly five years before becoming a State Representative. Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

    During my time working as a constitutional attorney, I was able to help many people who faced viewpoint discrimination while trying to access public facilities. Texas needs to act strongly to protect folks who may not have the means to pursue litigation when their First Amendment rights are being infringed upon.