Governor Abbott Vetoes SB 281 (87R)

June 21, 2021 | Austin, Texas | Legislative Statement

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 281 as passed by the Eighty-Seventh Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:  

The author of Senate Bill 281 is to be commended for aiming to bring accountability to the criminal justice system by addressing the use of investigative hypnosis.  But the House sponsor’s late amendment to the bill would dramatically expand its scope in an unacceptable way.  The sponsor added language so that for any person who has undergone investigative hypnosis, all statements that person makes “after” the hypnosis—even ones made long “after” the hypnosis session and unrelated to that session—are barred from being admitted into evidence in any criminal trial.  The House sponsor’s amendment would grant lifetime immunity, for everyone who undergoes this type of hypnosis, from having any subsequent statements used in a criminal trial.  

Since the Eighty-Seventh 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.  

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 18th day of June, 2021.  

Governor of Texas

View the veto proclamation.