Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 225
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Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 225 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
HB 225 has an admirable goal, but it does not include adequate protections to prevent its misuse by habitual drug abusers and drug dealers. Although my office suggested amendments to this legislation that would have eliminated the bill's protections for habitual drug abusers and drug dealers - while maintaining protections for minors and first-time offenders - those amendments were not adopted during the legislative process. Consequently, it was necessary to veto this bill.
Since the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision.
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