Texas’ Citizen Participation Act gets stronger

By Laura Lee Prather / Haynes & Boone

On June 14, 2013 Governor Perry signed into law HB 2935 further strengthening Texas’ Citizen Participation Act (also known as the Anti-SLAPP statute) demonstrating continued support of free speech for our citizens.

The initial Anti-SLAPP statute was passed unanimously by the 82nd Legislature and became law on June 17,2011. After some judicial confusion over the legislative intent, the 83rd Legislature passed clean-up legislation for the statute, which became law on June 14, 2013.

The Anti-SLAPP statute protects the rights of all citizens (from individuals, to companies, to advocacy or media groups), promotes judicial economy, and advances the First Amendment rights of all Texans.

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By Avi S. Adelman under Dallas City Council , Legal issues