House Rankings

The 82nd regular session of the Texas Legislature has come to an end. It was perhaps the best legislative session for queer Texans ever with not one, but two anti-bullying bills passed and the HIV Medication Advisory Committee's future protected by statute. Multiple bills and amendments targeting the community were introduced but were all defeated.

We here at Legislative Queery have crunched the numbers and ranked the 150 members of the Texas House based on their votes and authored legislation, bills and amendments which directly referenced the LGBT community were weighted more heavily than those which were about issues generally important to the LGBT community. You can see the work sheet here. Any ranking system will involve the biases of the people compiling the list. LQ welcomes comments, suggestions, rants and criticisms regarding the rankings

Record votes considered in rankings (Bills/Amendments making specific reference to the LGBT community are worth 25 points each, Bills/Amendments of general interest to the LGBT community are worth 10 points each - in cases where multiple votes were taken in the House on a single bill the allotted points were divided amongst the votes):
  • Amendment 19, HB 1 - Funded HIV Medication Assistance Program at level needed to keep pace with current infection rates. Amendment was tabled - a nay vote on motion to table received 10 points
  • Amendment 123, HB 1 - Required public schools to compile information on discrimination against students based on an enumerated list which included sexual orientation and gender identity and expression - A yea vote received 25 points
  • Amendment 143, HB 1 - Required Texas Universities with LGBT resource centers to equally fund "family and traditional values centers" - a nay vote received 25 points
  • HB 1942 - the anti-bullying "super" bill drafted by the House Public Education Committee, the bill made no specific reference to Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity and Expression - a yea vote on 2nd reading received 5 points, yea vote on 3rd reading received an additional 5 points.
  • HB 1386 - teen suicide prevention bill - although the bill originally made reference to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression those references were removed by the House Public Health Community.  A record vote was not taken on 2nd reading passage of 1386, a yea vote on 3rd reading received 10 points.
  • HB 2229 - making permanent the Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee.  HB 2229 originally failed to pass on 2nd reading, but was reconsidered after the author agreed to remove an amendment - a yea vote on second reading received 4 points, a yea vote on the motion to reconsider received 2 points, a yea vote on 3rd reading received 4 votes.
Bill/Amendment authorship considered in rankings:
  • Amendment 19, HB 1 - Funded HIV Medication Assistance Program at level needed to keep pace with current infection rates, author: 4 points
  • Amendment 123, HB 1 - Required public schools to compile information on discrimination against students based on an enumerated list which included sexual orientation and gender identity and expression, author: 4 points
  • Amendment 143, HB 1 - Required Texas Universities with LGBT resource centers to equally fund "family and traditional values centers," author: -20 points
  • HB 24 - Would allow students who commit cyber-bullying to be transferred to alternative school, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle author: 3 points,  joint author: 2 points, co-author: 1 point. 
  • HB 130 - Would create statewide anti-bullying hotline, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle author: 3 points,  joint author: 2 points, co-author: 1 point. 
  • HB 170 - Would create 300 foot bully free zone around public schools, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle author: 3 points,  joint author: 2 points, co-author: 1 point. 
  • HB 172 - Would conduct a study on the effectiveness of the James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Act, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle author: 3 points,  joint author: 2 points, co-author: 1 point.
  • HB 208 - Would prohibit insurance discrimination of the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression - principle author: 4 points,  joint author: 3 points, co-author: 2 points.
  • HB 224 - Comprehensive anti-bullying legislation that included reporting requirement for discrimination based on sexual orientation, but not gender identity or expression - principle author: 4 points,  joint author: 3 points, co-author: 2 points
  • HB 415 - would allow adoptive parents in same-sex relationships to receive accurate birth certificates for their children with both parents names - principle author: 4 points,  joint author: 3 points, co-author: 2 points.
  • HB 604 - Would repeal Texas' unconstitutional "homosexual conduct" law - principle author: 4 points,  joint author: 3 points, co-author: 2 points.
  • HB 665 - Would prohibit insurance discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression - principle author: 4 points,  joint author: 3 points, co-author: 2 points. 
  • HB 910 - Would allow legally unmarried persons to enter into gestational agreements with surrogate mothers, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle author: 3 points,  joint author: 2 points, co-author: 1 point. 
  • HB 944 - Would require School Health Advisory Councils to make recommendations on anti-bullying curricula to be included in school health classes, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle author: 3 points,  joint author: 2 points, co-author: 1 point. 
  • HB 1386 -  Teen suicide prevention bill, originally included both sexual orientation and gender identity and expression in non-discrimination policy - principle author: 4 points,  joint author: 3 points, co-author: 2 points.
  • HB 1909 - "Juliet and Juliet" bill - would equalize current hetro-only defense to prosecution for indecency with a child if contact consensual and partners within 3 years of age.  - principle author: 4 points,  joint author: 3 points, co-author: 2 points. 
  • HB 1942 - "Super" anti-bullying bill crafted by the House Public Education Committee, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle author: 3 points,  joint author: 2 points, co-author: 1 point.
  • HB 2227 - Would add gender expression and identity to current list of attributes bias against which can trigger hate crimes prosecution - principle author: 4 points,  joint author: 3 points, co-author: 2 points. 
  • HB 2229 - Makes permanent the Texas HIV Medication Advisory Committee, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle author: 3 points,  joint author: 2 points, co-author: 1 point. 
  • HB 2301 - Would standardize the process of correcting gender markers on state documents - principle author: 4 points,  joint author: 3 points, co-author: 2 point.
  • HB 2636 - Would remove a court ordered change of sex from the list of documents that can be used to prove identity when obtaining a marriage license, principle author: -20 points, joint author: -15 points, co-author: -10 points.
  • HB 3098 - Expands the power of the State Attorney General to interfere in same-sex divorce cases, principle author: -20 points, joint author: -15 points, co-author: -10 points. 
  • HJR 102 -  Would have put the repeal of the constitutional provision preventing marriage equality in Texas on the November 2011 ballot - principle author: 4 points,  joint author: 3 points, co-author: 2 points.
  • HCR 110 - Instructs the Obama administration to fully defend the so-called "defense of marriage act," principle author: -20 points, joint author: -15 points, co-author: -10 points.
  • SB 66 - would close loophole preventing students who have been transferred with-in the last year from being expelled, even for egregious behavior, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle sponsor: 3 points,  joint sponsor: 2 points, co-sponsor: 1 point. 
  • SB 205 - would expand and clarify the anti-bullying requirements of school's student codes of conduct, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle sponsor: 3 points,  joint sponsor: 2 points, co-sponsor: 1 point.
  • SB 736 - as originally filed would require School Health Advisory Councils to make recommendations on anti-bullying curricula to be included in school health classes, no specific mention of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression - principle sponsor: 3 points,  joint sponsor: 2 points, co-sponsor: 1 point.