Governor Abbott vetoes HB 2348 (86R)

June 15, 2019 | Austin, Texas

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. 2348 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

First responders play a vital role in disaster recovery, so I appreciate the good intentions of the author.  But this does not mean we need to create a new civil cause of action so that employees who volunteer in disasters can sue their employers.  House Bill 2348 would open the door to such lawsuits against both public and private employers.  Employers have every incentive to accommodate their brave employees who serve as first responders, but they deserve the flexibility to develop their own leave policies for their employees, instead of having the State dictate the terms.

Since the Eighty-Sixth 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, 2019.