Governor Abbott Vetoes HB 448

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

House Bill 448 is an unnecessary invasion of parental rights and an unfortunate example of over-criminalization.  Texas already compels drivers to use a car seat for a child under eight years of age.  See Tex. Transp. Code § 545.412.  House Bill 448 would get even more prescriptive, dictating which way the car seat must be facing for a child under two years of age.  It is not necessary to micromanage the parenting process to such a great extent, much less to criminalize different parenting decisions by Texans.

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. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

View the Veto Proclamation