Texas, Florida Governors Sign Legislation; Read About Your State

Texas, Florida Governors Sign Legislation; Read About Your State

Written by Don Byrd Here is a brief update on state legislation I have been following here on the BJCblog. In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott has signed into law a bill that allows child-placement agencies to refuse to provide service “under circumstances that...
Religious Objection Language Stalls Adoption Bill in Georgia

Religious Objection Language Stalls Adoption Bill in Georgia

Written by Don Byrd The final days of the Georgia Legislative session ended without producing a measure intended to modernize the state’s adoption laws. The bill stalled after the State Senate amended the bill (HB 159) to include a broad exemption from...
Texas Senate Advances Religious Refusal Bill

Texas Senate Advances Religious Refusal Bill

Written by Don Byrd The Texas Senate approved Senate Bill 522 on second reading by a 21-10 vote. The legislation would allow county clerks to recuse themselves from the issuance of marriage licenses if doing so would conflict with their religious beliefs. The...
Texas Inmate Wins Kosher Food Lawsuit After 12-Year Legal Dispute

Texas Inmate Wins Kosher Food Lawsuit After 12-Year Legal Dispute

Written by Don Byrd The Becket law firm yesterday announced the end of a lengthy dispute over the denial of kosher meals to Orthodox Jewish inmates in Texas’ prison system. Max Moussazadeh dropped his suit upon his release from prison after the state agreed to...