Office of the Governor - Greg Abbott

84th Legislative Session

  • Wednesday, July 08, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Ceremonially Signs Pro-Life Judicial Bypass Reform (HB 3994)
    Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a ceremonial bill signing for House Bill 3994 (Morrison, R-Victoria; Perry, R-Lubbock), which reforms Texas’ existing judicial bypass laws to improve the protection of a minor seeking an abortion.
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    House Bill 994 Becomes Law
    I want to be clear that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) can recognize an ad valorem tax exemption under Chapter 11 of the Tax Code for a property that complies with, or prevents the applicability of, a federal environmental rule without conceding the legality or policy merits of the federal rule.
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    House Bill 700 Becomes Law
    Tuition set-asides subsidize the education of some students at the cost of all, and should be eliminated as provided by House Bill No. 700.
  • Saturday, June 20, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    House Bill 2396 Becomes Law
    Tuition set-asides subsidize the education of some students at the cost of all, and should be eliminated as provided by House Bill No. 2396.
  • Thursday, June 18, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Resolution Posthumously Awarding Chris Kyle The Texas Legislative Medal Of Honor
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Concurrent Resolution 85 (Wray, R-Waxahachie; Birdwell, R-Granbury) to posthumously award the Texas Legislative Medal of Honor to Chief Petty Officer Chris Kyle, a native Texan and Navy SEAL who served four tours in Iraq and is recognized as the most lethal sniper in United States military history.
  • Wednesday, June 17, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Requiring Local Government Financial Disclosure
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 1378 (Flynn, R-Canton; Bettencourt, R-Houston), one of his Bicentennial Blueprint recommendations, which will require all local taxing entities to post their financial statements online or through the Texas Comptroller’s website.
  • Monday, June 15, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Providing Over $4 Billion In Tax Relief For Businesses And Homeowners
    Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a bill signing ceremony at Advanced Micro Devices (AMD) in Austin, TX where he ceremonially signed into law HB 32 (D. Bonnen, R-Angleton; Nelson, R-Flower Mound), which will permanently reduce the business franchise tax by 25 percent.
  • Saturday, June 13, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Expanding Texans’ Second Amendment Rights
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed HB 910 (Phillips, R-Sherman; Estes, R-Wichita Falls) and SB 11 (Birdwell, R-Granbury; Fletcher, R-Cypress), which expand Texans’ Second Amendment rights.
  • Friday, June 12, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation To Establish State Bullion Depository
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 483 (Capriglione, R-Southlake; Kolkhorst, R-Brenham) to establish a state gold bullion depository administered by the Office of the Comptroller.
  • Thursday, June 11, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Pastor Protection Act Into Law
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 2065 (Estes, R-Wichita Falls; Sanford, R-McKinney), the Pastor Protection Act, which protects religious organizations and individuals from performing marriage ceremonies that violate sincerely-held religious beliefs.
  • Wednesday, June 10, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs E-Verify Bill (SB 374) Into Law
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 374 (Schwertner, R-Georgetown; Dale, R-Cedar Park), which will require state agencies to participate in the E-verify program, a federal initiative authenticating the employment authorization status of all newly-hired employees by state agencies. The bill was part of Governor Abbott’s “Bicentennial Blueprint.
  • Tuesday, June 09, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Comprehensive Border Security Legislation
    Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a signing ceremony at the Department of Public Safety’s (DPS) Regional Headquarters in Houston, TX, where he promoted his border security initiative – one of the Governor’s emergency legislative items.
  • Friday, June 05, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs State Agency Contracting Reform Legislation
    Governor Greg Abbott has signed legislation implementing key reforms to enhance reporting and increase transparency and accountability in state contracting.
  • Friday, June 05, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Championing Texas Veterans
    Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a signing ceremony at VFW Post 76 in San Antonio, the oldest VFW hall in Texas, highlighting multiple bills to implement his veterans’ initiative.
  • Thursday, June 04, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Legislation To Elevate Texas’ Higher Education System
    – Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 632 (Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay; Button, R-Richardson) to implement the Governor’s University Research Initiative, an emergency item declared by the Governor that will attract nationally-recognized researchers and Nobel Laureates to Texas institutions of higher education.
  • Tuesday, June 02, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Bills To Improve Transportation In Texas
    Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a ceremonial bill signing on the heliport at the Dallas Convention Center where he discussed the investments in transportation infrastructure made this legislative session.
  • Monday, June 01, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Bill Authorizing Seizure-Reducing Treatment For Intractable Epilepsy Patients
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 339 (Eltife, R-Tyler; Klick, R-Fort Worth), which will allow individuals with intractable epilepsy (IE) to access cannabidiol (CBD oil) to reduce seizures.
  • Thursday, May 28, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Emergency Early Education Bills
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed four bills implementing his emergency early education initiative.
  • Friday, May 22, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs SB 344 Into Law
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 344 (Huffman, R-Houston; Dale, R-Cedar Park) to take effect September 1, 2015. SB 344 makes online solicitation of a minor a punishable offense.
  • Thursday, May 21, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs Senate Bill 925
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 925 (Kolkhorst, R-Brenham; Aycock, R- Killeen), which establishes literacy achievement academies to provide high-quality, face-to-face professional development to public school teachers who instruct students in kindergarten through third grade.
  • Monday, May 18, 2015 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Governor Abbott Signs HB 40 Into Law
    Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 40 (Darby, R-San Angelo; Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay), which preempts regulation of oil and gas activity at the city level and resides that duty with the state, and ensures that any local regulation of surface activity is commercially reasonable and does not effectively prohibit an oil and gas operation.
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