AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed the CROWN Act into law Saturday after it overwhelmingly passed both the state Senate and House.
House Bill 567, or the CROWN Act, from State Rep. Rhetta Bowers prohibits schools and workplaces from race-based hair discrimination. It officially goes into effect on September 1.
The CROWN Act passed in the Senate on May 12 with a 29-1 vote a week after it passed the House 143-5.
The legislation was first introduced in 2019 and since then, twenty other states have signed versions of it into law.
Texas is the latest state to enact the law in a movement inspired by the experience of two Houston-area students who were told to cut their hair or be disciplined.