Governor Abbott vetoes HCR 133
Pursuant to Article IV, Section 15, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Concurrent Resolution No. 133 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
I agree with the Legislature’s statements, expressed in House Concurrent Resolution 133, regarding the importance of Texas Southern University and the desirability of a divinity program. But Article III, Section 30 of the Texas Constitution requires all laws to be passed as bills. New law cannot be made by concurrent resolution. Because House Concurrent Resolution 133 purports to direct the actions of a state agency in the manner of a law, it goes beyond the proper bounds of a concurrent resolution.
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.