Governor Signs Budget Bill, Vetoes 42, Including SB 313
06.22.2015 — Sunday, June 21, was Gov. Greg Abbott’s final day to sign or veto bills passed during the regular session. Bills not vetoed or signed will now become law without his signature. Bills without specific effective dates (or that were not effective immediately) become law August 31.
On Saturday, June 20, Abbott signed the budget bill into law, releasing this statement. The governor, who has line-item veto power over the budget, cut more than $295 million in spending from the bill.
Abbott also vetoed 42 bills, including SB 313, which would have provided for a review of the TEKS and more flexibility for school districts in purchasing instructional materials. He released this statement on his decision.
On Friday, Abbott signed into law HB 2398, which decriminalizes truancy and requires school districts to implement truancy prevention measures, and HB 786, which requires school districts and other public employers to provide reasonable break time and a location, other than a multi-user restroom, for breastfeeding employees.