Office of the Governor Rick Perry

Texas' 83rd Legislative Session

  • Tuesday, November 05, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Prop. 6 Passage
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement in response to the passage of Proposition 6: Today, the people of Texas made history, ensuring we’ll have the water we need to grow and thrive for the next five decades, without raising state taxes. Now it’s time to get to work on the projects that’ll help us meet our growing water needs, preserving and improving both our economic strength and quality of life.
  • Thursday, October 31, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Appeals Court Lifting HB 2 Injunction
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision to grant an emergency stay lifting the injunction against House Bill 2: Today's decision affirms our right to protect both the unborn and the health of the women of Texas. We will continue doing everything we can to protect a culture of life in our state.
  • Monday, August 05, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on the Passage of HB1 and SJR1
    Today’s action by the Texas Legislature moves our state closer to securing a strong economy well into the future by providing more resources for building and maintaining a transportation system that will keep our economy growing and our population moving.
  • Monday, August 05, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    In Case You Missed It: Texas Business Leaders Urge Passage of Transportation Funding
    At a press conference at the State Capitol Monday, representatives from the Texas Association of Business were joined by members of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Transportation Advocates of Texas and the San Antonio Mobility Coalition to highlight the importance of passing House Bill 1 and House Joint Resolution 1, which would authorize up to $1 billion in new transportation financing annually.
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Senate Action Regarding Transportation
    Continuing Texas’ success long into the future requires that we take bold steps now to maintain our state’s infrastructure and keep up with our growing population and the need to move more and more goods to market.
  • Tuesday, July 30, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Calls Lawmakers Back for Third Special Session
    Gov. Rick Perry today called lawmakers back for a third special session of the Texas Legislature, beginning immediately, to consider the funding of transportation infrastructure projects.
  • Monday, July 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Transportation Legislation
    Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding transportation legislation:
  • Thursday, July 18, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Historic Pro-Life Legislation
    Gov. Rick Perry today was joined by Texas legislators to stand for life and sign House Bill 2, which protects unborn babies after the fifth month of a pregnancy and raises standards for women's health care in Texas.
  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 • Edinburg, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: New University a Beacon of Opportunity, Innovation, Potential in South Texas
    Gov. Rick Perry today was joined by The University of Texas System Chairman Gene Powell, Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa, The University of Texas-Pan American President Robert Nelson, The University of Texas at Brownsville President Juliet Garcia and South Texas lawmakers at signing ceremonies for Senate Bill 24.
  • Wednesday, July 10, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on House Passage of HB 2
    The tremendous outpouring of support for this legislation has demonstrated how Texas stands for life, and I commend everyone who wore blue, turned out and spoke up in support of life in our state.
  • Monday, July 01, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Start of Second Special Session
    The Texas Legislature is poised to finish its history-making work this year by passing legislation to protect the unborn and women's health, invest in our transportation infrastructure and ensure our justice system is fair but firm.
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Calls Special Session to Begin July 1
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced a Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1.
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Final Decisions on Legislation
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced his final decisions on legislation passed during the 83rd Regular Legislative Session. The governor applauded lawmakers for their work to keep Texas’ healthy economy the envy of the nation and a beacon for employers and families looking for the best opportunity to succeed.
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 889
    Relating to the physician assistant board. Author: Uresti; Sponsor: Laubenberg
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 722
    Relating to eligibility to serve as an interpreter in an election. Author: Ellis; Sponsor: Johnson
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 1234
    Relating to the prevention of truancy and the offense of failure to attend school. Author: Whitmire; Sponsor: Price
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 504
    Relating to the requirement that certain schoolchildren be screened for abnormal spinal curvature. Author: Deuell; Sponsor: King, Susan
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 429
    Relating to the dismissal or nonsuit of a suit to terminate the parent-child relationship filed by the Department of Family and Protective Services. Author: Nelson; Sponsor: Raymond
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 227
    Relating to the dispensing of aesthetic pharmaceuticals by physicians and therapeutic optometrists; imposing fees. Author: Williams; Sponsor: Zerwas
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Filed With No Signature
    Statement About HB 1926
    Relating to the operation of the state virtual school network and courses provided through other distance learning arrangements. Author: King, Ken | Deshotel | Villarreal | Farney | Ratliff; Sponsor: Hegar
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 219
    Relating to ethics of public servants, including the functions and duties of the Texas Ethics Commission; the regulation of political contributions, political advertising, lobbying, and conduct of public servants; and the reporting of political contributions and expenditures and personal financial information; providing civil and criminal penalties. Author: Huffman; Sponsor: Bonnen, Dennis | Johnson
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 17
    Relating to the training in school safety of certain educators of a school district or an open-enrollment charter school authorized to carry a concealed handgun on school premises. Author: Patrick | Estes; Sponsor: Fletcher
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 3509
    Relating to endangered species habitat conservation and to the creation of a board to oversee and guide the state's coordinated response to federal actions regarding endangered species. Author: Bonnen, Dennis | Villalba; Sponsor: Seliger
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 15
    Relating to the governance of public institutions of higher education in this state. Author: Seliger | Deuell | Duncan | Ellis | Eltife | Nelson | Watson | West | Whitmire | Zaffirini; Sponsor:Branch
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 3085
    Relating to the regulation of automotive wrecking and salvage yards in certain counties; increasing the civil penalty. Author: Walle; Sponsor: Garcia
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Line-Item Vetoes in SB 1
    General Appropriations Bill. Author: Williams; Sponsor: Pitts
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 3063
    Relating to defense base development authorities. Author: Menéndez; Sponsor: Van de Putte
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 1606
    Relating to ad valorem tax liens on personal property. Author: Zaffirini Sponsor: Strama
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 2836
    Relating to the essential knowledge and skills of the required public school curriculum and to certain state-adopted or state-developed assessment instruments for public school students. Author: Ratliff | Farney | King, Ken | Patrick, Diane | Huberty; Sponsor: Patrick
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 2824
    Relating to the Texas High Performance Schools Consortium. Author: Ratliff | Branch | Simpson | Turner, Sylvester | Kacal; Sponsor: Paxton
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 2590
    Relating to the foreclosure sale of property subject to an oil or gas lease. Author: Keffer; Sponsor: Eltife
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 2138
    Relating to the board of directors of the Near Northside Management District and to the district's boundaries and territory. Author: Dutton; Sponsor: Ellis
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 1790
    Relating to certain procedures for defendants who successfully complete a period of state jail felony community supervision. Author: Longoria | Thompson, Senfronia | Burnam | Hughes | Rose; Sponsor: Hinojosa
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 1511
    Relating to the rates of sales and use taxes imposed by municipalities; authorizing an increase or decrease in the rate of those taxes. Author: Larson; Sponsor: Eltife
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 1160
    Relating to the transfer of a certificate of convenience and necessity in certain municipalities. Author: Geren; Sponsor: Nelson
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Line-Item Vetoes in HB 1025
    Relating to making supplemental appropriations and reductions in appropriations and giving direction and adjustment authority regarding appropriations. Author: Pitts; Sponsor: Williams
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 217
    Relating to the types of beverages that may be sold to students on public school campuses. Author: Alvarado | Zerwas | King, Susan | Lucio III | Cortez; Sponsor: Uresti
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 1090
    Relating to the creation of Texas Task Force 1 Type 3 Rio Grande Valley and authorizing the creation of a Texas Task Force 2 by certain municipalities. Author: Martinez, "Mando" | Lucio III | Canales; Sponsor: Hinojosa
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 950
    Relating to unlawful employment practices regarding discrimination in payment of compensation. Author: Thompson, Senfronia | Collier | Davis, Sarah | Alvarado | Isaac; Sponsor: Davis
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 1982
    Relating to the enterprise zone program. Author: Murphy; Sponsor: Hinojosa
  • Friday, June 14, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Drug Screening Legislation
    Gov. Rick Perry today signed Senate Bill 21, which will require mandatory drug screening as a condition for the receipt of unemployment compensation benefits by certain individuals. The governor was joined by bill author Sen. Tommy Williams and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst for the signing ceremony.
  • Thursday, June 13, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Religious Freedoms Bill
    Gov. Rick Perry today signed House Bill 308, which allows public school students and staff to use traditional holiday greetings and display religious scenes and symbols on school property.
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Adds Two Issues to Special Session Call
    Gov. Perry today expanded the call for the ongoing special session to include two new items: Legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities; and Legislation relating to establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17-year-old offender.
  • Monday, June 10, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Adds Transportation to Special Session Call
    Gov. Rick Perry today expanded the special session call to include transportation funding.
  • Wednesday, May 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Bills to Improve Foster Care in Texas
    Gov. Rick Perry today ceremonially signed House Bills 915 and 1227, which help improve the care children receive in Texas’ foster care system. The governor was joined by Reps. Lois Kolkhorst, Dawnna Dukes, Naomi Gonzalez and Elliott Naishtat at the signing ceremony.
  • Tuesday, May 28, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Landmark Water Legislation
    Gov. Rick Perry today ceremonially signed House Bill 4, which lays the foundation for meeting Texas’ water future water needs. HB 4 provides for active, full-time governance at the Texas Water Development Board; creates a new funding mechanism to support water-supply project implementation over the next 50 years; and directs local, regional and state officials to prioritize projects to ensure efficient use of available resources.
  • Monday, May 27, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Special Session for May 27
    Gov. Rick Perry today announced a special session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 6:00 p.m. Monday, May 27.
  • Monday, May 27, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Legislation for Veterans and Surviving Military Spouses
    Gov. Rick Perry today observed Memorial Day by signing Senate Bill 163, House Bill 97, Senate Bill 1476 and House Bill 1514, which provide important resources and support to veterans and surviving spouses of members of the military who have been killed in action.
  • Saturday, May 25, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Announces Action on Legislation
    Gov. Rick Perry vetoed SB 346 and HB 535, and filed SB 567 and HB 1600 without signature.
  • Saturday, May 25, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Filed With No Signature
    Statement About SB 567 and HB 1600
    SB 567: Relating to rates for water service, to the transfer of functions relating to the economic regulation of water and sewer service from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, and to the duties of the Office of Public Utility Counsel regarding the economic regulation of water and sewer service. Author: Watson | Nichols; Sponsor: Geren. HB 1600: Relating to the continuation and functions of the Public Utility Commission of Texas, to the transfer of certain functions from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission of Texas, to the rates for water service, and to the functions of the Office of Public Utility Counsel; authorizing a fee. Author: Cook | Bonnen, Dennis | Anchia | Price; Sponsor: Nichols
  • Saturday, May 25, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 346
    Relating to reporting requirements of certain persons who do not meet the definition of political committee. Author: Seliger; Sponsor: Geren
  • Saturday, May 25, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Veto Statement
    Gov. Perry Vetoes HB 535
    Relating to the preference given by state agencies to goods offered by bidders in this state or manufactured, produced, or grown in this state or in the United States. Author: Davis, Yvonne | Reynolds | Keffer | Miles | Naishtat; Sponsor: Zaffirini
  • Monday, May 20, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Passage of House Bill 4
    HB 4 helps ensure Texas has a reliable water supply for the next 50 years by promoting conservation and innovative reuse, while further developing brackish and desalination water treatment in addition to traditional reservoir and pipeline conveyance projects. These measures will help address the increased demand our population growth will have on our water needs now and into the future.
  • Monday, May 20, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Creation of Texas Tech Health Sciences Center at El Paso
    With Texas's unprecedented population growth comes increased demand on important services, such as health care. SB 120 will help Texas keep up with our growing population's unique medical needs, reaffirming our commitment to improving access to and the quality of health care in our state while ensuring Texas students have a variety of higher education options.
  • Thursday, May 16, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Signs Senate Bill 1611, The Michael Morton Act
    Gov. Rick Perry today signed Senate Bill 1611, the Michael Morton Act, which will help prevent wrongful convictions in Texas. The governor was joined by Sens. Rodney Ellis and Robert Duncan, Reps. Senfronia Thompson and Tryon Lewis, and Michael Morton for the bill signing.
  • Wednesday, May 15, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Senate Bill 441
    Lawmakers approved legislation that keeps Texas' workforce at the top of its game and ensures employers have the qualified workers they need to fill high demand fields by providing hardworking Texans with a pathway to earn technical certificates or associate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible.
  • Monday, April 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on House Bill 11
    Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding House Bill 11: The people of Texas expect their elected officials to address the water needs of our state, and we will do just that. This issue is too important to leave its fate uncertain, and I will work with lawmakers to ensure we address this need in a fiscally responsible manner.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Signature Statement
    Statement About HB 10
    Relating to making emergency supplemental appropriations and providing direction and transfer authority regarding certain appropriations. Author: Pitts, Giddings. Sponsor: Williams
  • Friday, March 08, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Bills to Fund Transportation Infrastructure Projects
    These members have answered the call to address our long-term infrastructure needs with responsible options. These changes will help ensure traffic continues to flow in Texas for generations to come.
  • Friday, March 08, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on School Choice Legislation
    Expanding school choice in Texas will empower parents to make decisions in the best interest of their children. I applaud lawmakers for championing legislation that will benefit our students and our schools as well as the employers and industries that depend on our highly competitive workforce.
  • Tuesday, March 05, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Statement by Gov. Perry on Bills to Protect Life
    Gov. Rick Perry released the following statement regarding SB 25 by Sen. Hegar and HB 2364 by Rep. Laubenberg:
  • Thursday, January 31, 2013 • Houston, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Outlines Legislative Priorities at Greater Houston Partnership
    Gov. Rick Perry visited the Greater Houston Partnership, where he discussed the state of the state and his priorities for the 83rd Legislative Session, particularly his proposals for tax relief, education and infrastructure improvement.
  • Wednesday, January 30, 2013 • Dallas, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: Technical Skills Expand Opportunities for Texas’ Workforce
    Rick Perry visited the Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce, where he discussed the State of the State and his priorities for the 83rd Legislative Session, particularly his proposals for ensuring Texas has a skilled and capable workforce.
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Tax Relief, Infrastructure and Education: Priorities to Keep Texas Strong
    Gov. Rick Perry delivered his State of the State address to the 83rd Texas Legislature, highlighting our state’s strong economic outlook, and outlining his priorities to keep Texas on an upward trajectory. He called on the Legislature to provide at least $1.8 billion in tax relief, invest in the state’s water and transportation infrastructure and improve access and choice in both public and higher education, including providing South Texas access to the Permanent University Fund. This is Gov. Perry’s seventh State of the State address.
  • Saturday, January 26, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry: We Must Continue Working to Make Abortion a Thing of the Past
    Gov. Rick Perry gave the keynote address at the annual Texas Alliance for Life Rally, highlighting his proposals for the 83rd Legislative Session to strengthen Texas’ protections on life.
  • Wednesday, January 09, 2013 • Austin, Texas • Press Release
    Gov. Perry, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, Speaker Straus Focus on Guiding Principles for 83rd Legislative Session
    Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus met to discuss priorities for the 83rd Legislative Session, primarily their commitment to budget transparency and the conservative fiscal policies that have made Texas a national leader in job creation and prosperity. They also reiterated their focus on working with the Legislature to address the growing demands on our state’s infrastructure, strengthen education for our skilled workforce, and provide tax relief for Texans.
  • Tuesday, January 08, 2013 • Austin, Texas  • Press Release
    Gov. Perry Addresses 83rd Legislature: Fiscally Conservative Policies Lead to a Strong Texas
    Gov. Rick Perry urged Texas lawmakers to remain faithful to the conservative fiscal principles that have kept the Texas economy strong, allowed for tremendous job growth, and helped the state weather the national economic recession. On the heels of a strong revenue estimate, the governor urged lawmakers to take a hard look at providing tax relief. He addressed both the Senate and House of Representatives on the opening day of the 83rd Legislative Session.
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