Governor Abbott Vetoes HB 1500

June 15, 2017 | Austin, Texas | Legislative | Legislative - Veto 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. 1500 as passed by the Eighty-Fifth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

In 2015, the Texas Legislature prioritized parental engagement and increased transparency by developing an A through F grading system for school districts and campuses.  House Bill 22, which I have signed, makes positive changes to the existing A through F system.  House Bill 22 ensures students, parents, and taxpayers know how well our schools are doing.  It also aligns the new grading system with Texas’ sanction and intervention strategies.  House Bill 1500 is based on the existing grading system and conflicts with House Bill 22. 

Since the Eighty-Fifth 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 15th day of June, 2017. 




View the Veto Proclamation