Governor Abbott Vetoes HB 2334
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. 2334 as passed by the Eighty-Fifth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
House Bill 2334 would have made it a state law crime to violate flood plain rules issued by political subdivisions. It is currently a Class C Misdemeanor to violate various provisions of the Texas Water Code concerning floodplains. This bill would have given localities the ability to expand the contours of this crime merely by adopting local rules and orders. Violation of these local rules and orders is already punishable by a civil penalty. We need not create another crime, particularly one that is a moving target.
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.