Lawmaker refiles previously dropped religious freedom bill

AUSTIN (AP) — A Republican lawmaker has refiled a proposed constitutional amendment that was scrapped earlier this week by a GOP colleague under pressure from Texas businesses.

Fort Worth Rep. Matt Krause’s proposal would keep government and homeowners associations from burdening a person’s free exercise of religion.

Krause filed the legislation Wednesday. That was two days after Dallas Rep. Jason Villalba said he wouldn’t seek a hearing for his identical, original proposal due to opposition from the Texas Association of Business.

New Braunfels Sen. Donna Campbell has filed similar legislation in the Legislature’s upper chamber.

Krause said Thursday he wanted to refile the proposal before Friday’s bill-filing deadline. He said, “I honestly don’t see how it hurts the business community.”

Villalba said he wished Krause “good luck,” but doubts the bill has support.

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