AUSTIN (KXAN) — All the lawmakers left town June 1. They finished their jobs without going to a special session. Now, all eyes are on the governor. He has the rest of this week to decide what to veto and what to sign into law.
Gov. Greg Abbott already signed off on most of his priority items. Now he tackles the piles of paperwork awaiting his word, tweeting a picture out in front of scores of bills as he lifts a rubber stamp over his head. “Decisions, decisions” he says ahead of a very busy week.
Andy Hogue is one of many who urges a Abbott veto – writing a resolution, now backed by the state GOP, asking Abbott to veto SB 313. “It’s a way to circumvent the established framework,” said Hogue from the Travis County Republican Party. The bill narrows curriculum standards set by the elected State Board of Education. It also lets school districts use electronic textbooks, which many conservatives fear could be a backdoor way to get around state standards.
“We made a lot of conservative gains on the SBOE [State Board of Education], but since then, there has been little piece meal attacks on the SBOE. I believe this is one of them,” said Hogue.
“Abbott absolutely has the authority to line item veto,” said Joe Deshotel from the Travis County Democratic Party.
Protesters stand in front of the governor’s mansion, in the hopes Abbott line-item vetoes a part of the budget that bans planned parenthood from getting money to perform breast and cervical cancer screenings.
“Planned parenthood serviced around 3,300 women last year in this program to screen them for breast and cervical cancer. A lot of these women have no where else to go,” said Deshotel.
Examples, now in the hands of the governor.
John Wittman from the governor’s press office says:
“Gov. Abbott is proud of the accomplishments of the 84th legislative session and will continue to evaluate all legislation at his desk and sign bills into law that make Texas a better place to live, work and raise a family.”
But a few things the governor will sign tomorrow are tax cuts.. He’s expected to sign bills cutting the state business tax by 25 percent and giving homeowners around $125 back in property taxes.