- HB 89
- Struck Down by Court
- Struck Down On
- April 2019
- Anti-boycott, State Contracts, State Investments
- Full Text
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This anti-boycott bill prohibits state contracts with and state investment in companies, including sole proprietorships, that boycott Israel or persons or entities doing business in Israel or territories occupied by Israel. The bill requires contractors to sign a written certification that they do not and will not engage in boycotts of Israel. The bill calls for the creation of a blacklist of companies that boycott Israel and prohibits public retirement systems from investing in such companies.
A federal court blocked enforcement of the law in April 2019, finding the plaintiffs were likely to succeed in showing that the law violates their First Amendment rights and that the state’s continued enforcement of it would cause them irreparable harm. Texas amended the law (HB 793) so it no longer applied to individuals like the plaintiffs. The amendments altered the prohibitions related to state contracts, leaving in place those related to state investments. Related bills: SB 29, SB 134.