Governor Abbott vetoes HB 2856

June 15, 2019 | 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. 2856 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

House Bill 2856 attempts to address the very real problem of disaster-remediation contractors who take advantage of disaster victims.  But it does so with a stiff criminal penalty in an area where civil remedies already exist, which could discourage well-intentioned, quality tradespeople from seeking work in Texas following a disaster.  This could inadvertently harm victims and impede recovery.  We must take a more measured approach to this issue—as was done in House Bill 2320, which I have signed into law this session.  I look forward to working with the author next session. 

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. 




View the Veto Proclamation