ABFE is extremely disappointed that Governor Abbott ignored the outpouring of opposition from booksellers and Texans across the state and signed HB900 into law. HB900 is an onerous law that will chill speech, and it could threaten the livelihoods of independent bookstores. The governor described HB900 as “empowering parents,” an ironic statement at best. The government dictating what other parents’ children can and cannot read is hardly empowering to parents or students.
From the day this bill was introduced, ABFE and independent bookstores in Texas have fought against HB900. Now that HB900 has been signed into law, ABFE will pursue every option available to ensure independent bookstores do not suffer its consequences.
Notes on HB900