Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Texas Legislator Proposes Offsetting State Tax Refund For Contraceptive Coverage Refusal
As reported by Courthouse News Service yesterday, a bill has been introduced in the Texas legislature that would give offsetting state tax refunds or credits to any business that pays a federal fine for refusing on conscience grounds to offer employees a health insurance plan that includes emergency contraception. H.B. 649 provides that a business is entitled to an offsetting refund of sales taxes, state franchise taxes, and any other tax paid if it refused solely because of the religious convictions of its owner, to comply with the contraceptive coverage mandate. The bill was introduced Jan. 23 by Republican representative Jonathan Stickland.