Want to know more about what the Citizens Participation Act means to you and how it can be effectively used?
Laura Prather, a First Amendment Attorney and the leader of the Coalition for the Texas Citizens Participation Act has written a great primer on the Act, explaining the main points of the bill and the origins of the effort.
You can read the primer by following this link.
Great news from Austin! Gov. Perry signed the Citizens Participation Act (HB 2973) into law today. You can see the stages of the effort to build the law here.
Texans who enjoy exercising their free speech owe a debt of gratitude to Laura Prather and Don Adams who partnered to move the bill through the legislative process, resulting in extraordinary support from both chambers.
Thank you to the many who supported the effort with their advice, time, energy, testimony, donations, and more, including Peter Kurdoch and Mark Goldowitz, who are fighting this same fight on a national level.
The complete text of the law, as passed by the 2011 Texas Legislature and signed into law on June 17, 2011, effective immediately, is available here.
I will continue to monitor the law and post updates here on cases that are affected by it.
Great news! Over the weekend, The Citizen Participation Act, the Texas Anti-SLAPP bill cleared its final legislative hurdle when the House concurred with the Senate amendment. Having passed both chambers of the legislature unanimously, the bill will be effective immediately upon being signed by the governor.
As the kids say—Woot!
Today the Texas Senate unanimously approved HB 2973, The Texas Citizen Participation Act, following on the heels of the Texas House, which also unanimously approved a nearly identical version of the bill in early May. Because of a small amendment passed in the Senate, the bill must go back to the House for concurrence before being off to the Governor’s desk.
More details to come!
The Texas Citizen Participation Act continues to wind it’s way through the Texas Legislature.
After passing the House unanimously, the House Bill (HB 2973) has moved to the Senate, where it was referred to the Senate State Affairs Committee. This is the same committee that heard the Senate companion bill, but in order for the House bill to go through the Senate, a committee hearing was required. This morning the State Affairs Committee amended HB 2973 to match CSSB 1565 and it was voted out of committee, 9-0. We expect the bill to be up for a vote before the state Senate next week.
We’ll continue to keep you posted on the progress of this legislation.
More news from Laura Prather in Austin regarding who reports:
“HB 4973, the Texas Anti-SLAPP statute, was just passed out of the House unanimously. The bill now moves to the Texas Senate for consideration. The Senate State Affairs Committee has already approved the Senate companion bill, SB 1565, unanimously.
Because the Texas House approved HB 2973 by more than 2/3rds majority, if the Senate approves the bill in a similar fashion, the bill would take effect immediately upon Governor Perry’s signature.
We hope to be on the Senate floor early next week and will continue to keep you posted of the progress.”
Great late news out of Austin where Laura Prather reports that “HB 2973 (the anti-slapp bill) just passed on second reading in the House!”
Stay tuned for updates on the Senate bill.