Governor Abbott Vetoes HB 1193 (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 House Bill No. 1193 as passed by the Eighty-Seventh Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:  

People who commit youthful indiscretions should have the opportunity to turn their lives around and not be burdened by a criminal record as an adult.  Texas law already allows juveniles to clear their records in appropriate circumstances.  House Bill 1193, however, would allow juveniles who were sentenced for serious violent crimes to hide their acts from society and from future employers.  I have vetoed similar bills in past sessions that would have concealed serious offenses, and I must do so again here.  

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.