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Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 978

Friday, June 17, 2011  •  Austin, Texas  •  Veto Statement

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 978 as passed by the Eighty-Second Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:

Senate Bill 978 would allow the entire City of McAllen and members of Hidalgo County Water Improvement District No. 3 to vote for the dissolution of the district. This bill puts the district at a clear disadvantage because the overwhelming majority of votes would come from outside the boundaries of the district, effectively allowing the city to take the district's water rights and property. This would set a troubling precedent.

Since the Eighty-Second 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 17th day of June, 2011.

RICK PERRY
Governor of Texas

ATTESTED BY:
ESPERANZA "HOPE" ANDRADE

Secretary of State

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