Governor Abbott Vetoes HB 93

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

House Bill 93 would mandate that all orders by magistrate judges not only be signed, but also include the magistrate’s name in legible print or writing.  Yet it does not address what the consequences would be if the magistrate’s name is not printed in the form prescribed, which could create loopholes for opportunistic litigants and prompt needless challenges to court orders.  The author may have intended to address the integrity of court orders against possible forgery, but the bill as drafted is not the right answer.

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