AUSTIN, Texas (BP) -- The Texas House of Representatives has passed a bill shielding from civil liability churches that disclose credible sexual abuse allegations -- but the bill has only 17 days to pass the Senate this legislative session.
Representatives May 8 unanimously approved House Bill 4345, assigned today (May 10) to the Senate State Affairs committee. The House bill would protect charitable organizations, their volunteers and independent contractors from liability when disclosing such information to prospective employers, even when no criminal charges have been filed against the accused. A May 7 amendment extended protection to independent contractors, previously not included. Read More