6.16.23 – From Texas Rep. Steve Toth – District 15

“Children in Texas Better Protected Now by New Laws”

From Tex. Rep. Steve Toth

A pink pen and keyboard with the words new law

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[COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  Tex. Rep. Steve Toth and many other conservative legislators did amazing work during the Texas 88th Regular Legislative Session. Of course, what we always need to know is “How will these bills look once they are put into ACTION?” 

Below, Rep. Toth describes these bills that will help to protect our Texas children and the actions we can expect to see put into place.  

Change is slow; but in the past few elections, millions of Texas voters have worked behind the scenes to elect conservative leaders in the hopes that they would do what they said they would do to rescue Texas children out of the hands of dangerous practices. We can be very grateful to see such laws now being put into place because of the commitment by our elected state leaders.]

SB 14: Child Gender Modification Ban -- Jointly sponsored by Rep. Toth and Dr. Oliverson 

SB 14 was a hard-fought victory. Ahead of the 2021 Legislative Sessions, Matt Krause and I prepared legislation to protect children from irreversible surgeries sold as a way to "transition" to the opposite gender. This time, I jointly authored an expanded version of this bill with Dr. Tom Oliverson. And I can now report that the Governor has signed SB 14 into law.

SB 14 in Action: 

  • Bans gender modification surgery and hormone experimentation on minors. 
  • Prohibits taxpayer funded Medicaid and CHIP reimbursements for this medical abuse.
  • Blocks taxpayer dollars from funding hospitals, clinics, medical schools, health care providers, and any other individual or entity that conducts this medical malpractice.
  • Doctors who break this law will lose their license to practice medicine. 
  • Authorizes the Attorney General to bring an action against a violator of this law.



HB 900: Restricting Explicit and Adult-Designated Educational Resources - Coauthored by Rep. Patterson and Rep. Toth 

The R.E.A.D.E.R. Act is another bill that took on a major problem facing our kids -- shockingly inappropriate books. Books so vile that if they were filmed exactly as written they would be X-rated. And yet they are in our schools. 

I spent months spreading the word about how pervasive this problem was because I knew we would need an outcry from parents all across Texas for legislators to take this seriously. 

HB 900 in Action:

One key feature of this bill is that the requirement to screen books is placed on the book vendor, not school librarians who have other important duties. The vendor is required to recall explicit books from schools. If the vendor fails to follow this law, schools are prohibited from purchasing from them.


HB 18: Securing Children Online Through Parental Empowerment - Coauthored by Rep. Slawson and Rep. Toth

The S.C.O.P.E. Act protects children from the harmful effects of social media by requiring parental consent for minors to use digital services. It also requires disclosure of advertising and provides parents with more control over their children’s online settings, further protecting children from big tech’s push of harmful and deceptive advertising...


HB 1181: Protecting Children From Porn Websites

Online companies that publish a significant amount of pornographic material can now be held liable if they do not implement age verification to prevent children from accessing their website.


SB 12: Bans Exposing Children to Explicit Drag Shows -- Cosponsored by Rep. Toth and Rep. Shaheen

If a minor is present at a explicit drag show, the person in control of the premises will be civilly liable for $10,000 per violation. If these explicit performances happen on public property, the performer will earn a Class A Misdemeanor (up to a year in jail and/or up to $4000 in fines). At the time that I write this, SB 12 is still awaiting the Governor's signature.


Conservative Legislation That Passed 

  • SB 14: Protects Children From Genital Mutilation Surgery - Jointly Sponsored by Rep. Toth and Dr. Oliverson
  • SB 773: One of the Strongest Right to Try Bills in the Nation - by Rep. Toth & Sen. Parker
  • SB 545: Uses Death Records to Keep Voter Rolls Accurate - by Sen. Kolkhorst & Rep. Toth
  • HB 900: Prevents Sexually Explicit Books From Entering our Schools - Coauthored by Rep. Toth
  • HB 17: Removes Rogue DAs - Coauthored by Rep. Toth and Rep. Cook
  • SB 15: Protects Women From Unfair Competition with Biological Males in Women's Collegiate Sports - (House Companion Bill Coauthored by Rep. Toth  & Rep. Swanson)
  • SB 763: Allows Chaplains in Schools - Cosponsored by Rep. Toth and Rep. Hefner
  • SB 24: Expands Alternatives to Abortion and Reforms the Department of Family Protective Services (CPS) - Cosponsored by Reps. Toth & Frank
  • HB 3162: Protects Life by Reforming the 10-Day DNR Rule - Coauthored by Rep. Toth
  • HB 18: Securing Children Online Through Parental Empowerment (SCOPE Act) - Coauthored by Rep. Toth
  • SB 12: Bans Exposing Children to Drag Shows - Cosponsored by Rep. Toth
  • HB 6: Cracks Down on Fentanyl Drug Dealing
  • SB 18: Reforms Tenure
  • SB 29: Bans Local Covid-19 Mandates (House Companion Bill by Rep. Toth)
  • HB 44: Prohibits Providers From Refusing Healthcare Services Because a Patient Failed to Obtain a Vaccine - Coauthored by Toth
  • HJR 132: Constitutional Amendment Prohibiting a Wealth Tax - Coauthored by Hefner and Toth
  • SB 833: Prevents Insurance Providers From Using Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) Ratemaking Cosponsored by Rep. Toth and Dr. Oliverson  

Governor Abbott has started vetoing bills to break the deadlock over property tax relief. 

To clear up any confusion, his veto proclamations state: "This bill can be reconsidered at a future special session only after property tax relief is passed."