by Michael Fox
Although the election for the entire group of Senators and Representatives who will serve in the next term of the Texas legislature is three weeks away, it is not too early to begin thinking about legislative schemes that may already be forming in some legislator's mind. As an example, New York has just passed a law broadening the religious accomodation obligation of Empire state employers. Although not a likely candidate for adoption in Texas, it does show the type of issues that can crop up on the state level. The bill, signed by Governor Pataki on October 13th, was jointly approved by the Governor, the legislative leadership and the Attorney General as it was submitted to the legislature as bill A-7340.