There has been a lot of legislative activity in Austin the last few months. As you are well aware, Hedge Protection Ministries has been a very active supporter of the Church Security Protection Act as authored by Representative Matt Rinaldi. That legislation will have a significant impact on the ministries of every single house of worship in Texas. I am proud to announce a major victory for Religious Liberty. Although spiritual warfare played an important part in killing the original piece of legislation, HB 421, Representative Rinaldi was successful in adding the very same language as an amendment to Senate Bill 2065. This bill, which exempts volunteer church security teams from government oversight, was passed by both the house and the Senate and recently signed into law by Gov Abbot.
Effective Sep 1st, 2017, this law will amend the Texas Occupations Code, exempting Volunteer Church Security teams and their members from the Texas Occupations Code. Ultimately, it allows church members to provide security services on a volunteer basis at their own place of worship.
I am proud to announce that every Church in Texas will now have the flexibility to determine for themselves how to best protect their services and facilities.