Except as otherwise specified in Chapter 2272 of the Texas Government Code, a governmental entity may not enter into a “taxpayer resource transaction” with an abortion provider or an affiliate of an abortion provider.
A “Taxpayer resource transaction” means a sale, purchase, lease, donation of money, goods, services, or real property, or any other transaction between a governmental entity and a private entity that provides to the private entity something of value derived from state or local tax revenue, regardless of whether the governmental entity receives something of value in return. The term does not include the provision of basic public services, including fire and police protection and utilities, by a governmental entity to an abortion provider or affiliate in the same manner as the entity provides the services to the general public. The term includes advocacy or lobbying by or on behalf of a governmental entity on behalf of a governmental entity on behalf of the interests of an abortion provider or affiliate, but does not include:
an officer or employee of a governmental entity providing information to a member of the legislature or appearing before a legislative committee at the request of the member or committee;
an elected official advocating for or against or otherwise influencing or attempting to influence the outcome of legislation pending before the legislature while acting in the capacity of an elected official; or
an individual speaking as a private citizen on a matter of public concern.
If you believe a local authority is in violation of this provision you may file a complaint (see button below), or you may call the Texas Attorney General’s office at 1-844-584-3006, or send us an email at [email protected].