Office of the Governor Rick Perry



Key Initiatives


  • Adoption

    Before the 80th session of the Texas legislature, Governor Perry encouraged the passage of an adoption incentive program designed to eliminate the financial burden for families to adopt children in foster care.  In response to his call for action, House Bill 2702 was passed into law providing a monthly health insurance subsidy of $150 for parents who adopt foster children who do not qualify for Medicaid.

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  • Adult Protective Services (APS) /Child Protective Services (CPS) Reforms

    In 2004, Governor Perry issued executive orders RP 33 and RP 35, calling for the reform of Adult Protective Services (APS) and Child Protective Services (CPS), respectively.  Governor Perry’s executive orders laid the groundwork for the systemic reform of Adult and Child Protective Services and directed the reforms be given the highest priority by the Department of Family and Protective Services.

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  • Defense of Marriage Act

    Gov. Perry believes in the sanctity of marriage between a man and a woman, regarding it as the linchpin of the family unit and, thus, society as a whole. In 2003, as part of his ongoing effort to prevent aggressive attempts to redefine marriage, Gov. Perry signed Senate Bill 6, the Defense of Marriage Act, specifying that Texas does not legally recognize a same-sex marriage or civil union. Two years later, Gov. Perry supported strengthening the law with a constitutional amendment, the Texas Marriage Amendment, defining marriage as the “union of one man and one woman.” It was approved by Texas voters in November 2005.

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  • Money Follows the Person/Promoting Independence

    Gov. Perry issued Executive Order RP13 on April 18, 2002, calling on state housing and health and human services agencies to continue developing and strengthening community-based services for Texans with disabilities.

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  • Parental Consent

    A lifelong defender of basic family values, Gov. Perry has maintained a robust defense of the unborn throughout his twenty-plus years of public service. To protect the parental right and responsibility to make medical treatment decisions for a minor child, Gov. Perry supported passage of the more stringent parental consent requirement for abortions on minors in 2005. Senate Bill 419, the Texas Medical Board’s sunset bill, added a new license violation for a physician who performs an abortion on a minor without a parent’s consent. As a result of these efforts, Texas witnessed double-digit drops in abortion rates among its teenagers.

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  • Religious Viewpoints Anti-Discrimination Act

    In 2007, Governor Perry signed the Religious Viewpoint Anti-Discrimination Act into law. This law does not expand religious expression in schools, but rather reiterates a student’s existing right to expression and clarifies what religious rhetoric is permitted for teachers and administrators.

    This Act affirms that freedom of religion should not be mistaken for freedom from religion. While the Constitution prohibits government from sponsoring or endorsing a particular religious view it does not require government to sanitize all dialogue from religious viewpoints in a public setting.

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