Secular Texas was formed in early 2013. Marshall Mitchell, longtime activist for handicap access rights, approached several local secular organizations about forming a group to advocate for secular concerns with the Texas Legislature, specifically Church / State Separation issues. After meeting Steven Bratteng, CFI Austin coordinator, the two put out a general call to the Austin-area secular organizations looking for people interested in forming such a group. The group formed, as Secular Legislative Action Committee, over the 83rd Legislative Session, researching bills introduced and topics being discussed before the legislature.
Secular Legislative Action Committee held a citizen's lobby day on Monday, April 22, 2013, with 16 participants, visiting the offices of over three-quarters of Texas state legislators, delivering a package of research and position statements.
After the end of the 83rd Legislative Session, Secular Legislative Action Committee decided to change its name to Secular Texas, to better represent our mission as a watch-dog and advocacy group for secular concerns in all state and local governmental issues.