Public policy positions for the 87th Legislature

The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops advocates on behalf of the Roman Catholic bishops of Texas. As the public policy arm of the Texas bishops, we work to improve laws that have moral and social effects.

The TCCB does not take positions on all bills in any legislative session, and the analysis of the bills provided below were made at various phases of the legislative process. The analysis may not accurately reflect the final status of the bill. Please use the links below to see the full list of bills on which the TCCB has taken a position, and our agenda priorities for the 87th Legislature.

The TCCB does not take positions on all bills in any legislative session, and the analysis of the bills provided below were made at various phases of the legislative process. The analysis may not accurately reflect the final status of the bill. Please confirm with our staff if you intend to use this content for local advocacy by emailing us at news@txcatholic.org or calling 512-339-9882.

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Chemical Abortion Regulation SB 394 (Lucio) | HB 2337 (Klick)

No abortion is safe; we mourn for each child who is killed in the womb. While abortion continues to be legal in the United States, we support efforts to mititgate…

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Conscience Protection for Healthcare Professionals HB 1291 (Bell) | SB 573 (Springer)

In 1973, the same year the Supreme Court changed abortion law in the U.S., Congress passed provisions collectively known as the Church Amendments to protect the conscience rights of workers…

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Alternative to Abortion Program

Human life is intrinsically valuable and should be protected by law from conception, which happens at fertilization, to natural death. The family is the sanctuary where parents teach children how…

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Capital Jury Instructions HB 252 (Moody) | SB 189 (Lucio)

Capital Jury instructions should be truthful The current criminal justice system has both the tools for life imprisonment without execution and has significant flaws in sentencing practices that undermine the…

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Twelve Month Continuous Medicaid for Children

Data shows that thousands of eligible children are being removed from the Medicaid program due to an inefficient, rushed process. Keeping a child enrolled for 12 months would allow parents…

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Family Educational Relief Program SB 1968 (Bettencourt) | HB 4537 (Middleton)

The establishment of the Family Educational Relief Program, and an insurance premium tax credit for contributions made for purposes of that program, empowers parents and guardians to choose from public,…

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Chaplain Access to Prisoners HB 1579 (White) | SB 654 (Bettencourt/Lucio/Springer)

The TCCB supports criminal justice reform that provides for compassionate treatment of prisoners, responds to the needs of victims of crime, and encourages rehabilitation and forgiveness for those re-entering society.…

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Reform of Texas Advance Directives Act HB 3099 (Coleman) | SB 1944 (Lucio)

All human life, no matter how disabled or critically ill, is of inherent dignity and incomparable worth; all are entitled to adequate healthcare. A balanced approach to end-of-life care equally…

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Human Life Protection Act or Trigger Ban SB 9 (Paxton) | HB 1280 (Capriglione)

The goal of the Human Life Protection Act, or Trigger Ban (SB 9/HB 1280) by Sen. Angela Paxton and Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, is to enact a complete ban on abortion…

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