Updated May 3, 2017
On Tuesday, May 2, Texas Governor Greg Abbott signed H.B.89/S.B. 29 into law. This law prohibits the state from contracting with companies (including sole proprietorships) unless they certify that they will not engage in a boycott of Israel. It also requires Texas to develop a blacklist of for-profit entities that boycott Israel and divest its pension funds from those companies. More information below.
- Legal memo opposing H.B. 89 and S.B. 134 (also applies to S.B. 29), by Palestine Legal, Center for Constitutional Rights, CAIR-TX, National Lawyers Guild Palestine Subcommittee, and Bill of Rights Defense Committee/Defending Dissent Foundation.
- Read the bills: H.B. 89 and S.B. 134 and S.B. 29
- Take action: Tell TX - Don't crush our free speech rights (via U.S. Campaign)
H.B. 89, S.B. 134, and S.B. 29 are unconstitutional. Political boycotts - including boycotts for Palestinian rights - are protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. The state may not condition the receipt of benefits on the requirement that you forgo a constitutional right.