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Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 889

Friday, June 14, 2013  •  Austin, Texas  •  Veto Statement

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

SB 889 would increase the size of the Texas Physician Assistant Board from nine members to 13, representing an unnecessary expansion of government.

The board currently has three physician assistant members, three physician members, and three public members. Though most regulatory boards consist of a majority of members from the occupation they oversee, this board does not afford that advantage to physician assistants. However, physician assistants could be given a majority on their own board by amending the makeup of the existing, nine-member board. Expansion of board membership is not needed.

Since the Eighty-Third 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 14th day of June, 2013.

RICK PERRY
Governor of Texas

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