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Texas Religious Freedom Constitutional Amendment Proposal (HJR 55)

This law was last updated on Dec 12, 2016


State

Texas

Number

HJR 55

Status

Failed to Pass

Proposed

Dec 10, 2014

Topics

LGBTQ, Religious Freedom, RFRA

Full Bill Text

www.legis.state.tx.us

HJR 55 is a joint resolution proposing a constitutional amendment relating to a person’s free exercise of religion.

Upon voter approval, the amendment would prohibit a government entity or homeowner’s association from burdening a person’s free exercise of religion unless the government proves that the burden is in furtherance of a compelling governmental interest and is the least restrictive means of furthering that interest.

Texas already has a RFRA in place. Current law states that the government may not “substantially burden” an individual or organization based on religious beliefs. This amendment goes further and states that the government “may not burden” in any way.

STATUS

Identical to HJR 125.

Similar to SJR 10.


People

Primary Sponsor