Governor Abbott vetoes HB 929 (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. 929 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

Under current law, a magistrate must inform an arrested person of important constitutional protections, such as the right to counsel.  House Bill 929 would have added yet more recitations about non-constitutional matters, making these magistration warnings less helpful to arrestees.  Magistration should focus arrestees on exercising their constitutional rights at the beginning of the criminal-justice process.

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