Office of the Governor - Greg Abbott

Governor Abbott Vetoes House Bill 499

Saturday, June 20, 2015  •  Austin, Texas  •  Veto Statement
Learn more about:
Governor's Initiatives »
Related News
June 20, 2015• Austin, Texas • Press Release
Governor Abbott Signs State Budget Into Law
May 15, 2015• Austin, Texas • Press Release
Governor Abbott Signs “Kari’s Law” (SB 788)
May 12, 2015• Austin, Texas • Press Release
Governor Abbott Signs SB 835 Into Law
View News Archive »

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. 499 as passed by the Eighty-Fourth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:

House Bill 499 unnecessarily limits the field of candidates available for appointment to the Public Transportation Advisory Committee by the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, and the Speaker of the House. The bill also guarantees committee members a term of six years, which eliminates the appointing officers' ability to replace members at any time for poor performance. The appointment limitations in House Bill 499 would impede the appointing officers' ability to provide effective committee members to serve Texas.

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.