Governor Abbott vetoes SB 1861 (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 Senate Bill No. 1861 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

Public facility corporations are a way for government entities to get in the business of affordable housing and issue conduit debt.  To the extent Senate Bill 1861 would encourage taxing entities, including school districts and community colleges, to engage in activities that are outside of their core missions, it would distract those entities from improving student outcomes.  Schools and community colleges should focus on educating students, and House Bill 3 provides the necessary resources to accomplish that goal.

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