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Texas governor signs texting-while-driving ban into law

20 Juin 2017

As to political theater, Gov. Greg Abbott's strategy to outflank his lieutenant governor Wednesday by calling for a special session of the Texas Legislature - and including 20 separate issues for lawmakers to consider - was noteworthy.

He did, however, say that since he has to call lawmakers back for a special session to pass a sunset bill related to the Texas Medical Board, he wants to make the taxpayers' money count.

"This hurts so much because it was something that could have been avoided had the driver only paid attention to driving", said Riddle. The governor and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have been pushing the idea of a special session for weeks.

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For a brief moment it looked like Republican lawmakers in Texas were finally willing to let go of the foolhardy attempt to go after transgender citizens with a so-called bathroom bill.

"If they fail, it's not for a lack of time".

He also wants Texas to create a commission to study ways to fix its troubled school finance system after a bill that would have begun an actual revamp died during the regular session amid a House-Senate battle over vouchers. "Give them a vote on their own property taxes". He has expressed chagrin that the Legislature did not finish its work before the regular session ended.

"Almost every issue he addressed today passed the Senate during the regular session, and I am confident the senators are ready to hit the ground running to move these issues forward", Patrick said, according to the Statesman.

In the name of less government, Abbott set himself up as something of a big-government guy by telling lawmakers to big-foot some local ordinances into extinction. That bill is now before Gov. Abbott, and we call on him again to veto it.

In January, U.S. District Judge Sam Sparks in Austin put a temporary halt on the fetal tissue disposal regulation, saying the Texas rule imposed "undue burdens on a woman's right to seek a previability abortion".

Meanwhile, a bill protecting the conscience rights of faith-based child welfare and adoption agencies in Texas awaits the governor's signature.

Straus said he's anxious that if the bill were to pass, Texas would lose economic drivers, including sports events from coming to the Lone Star State.

In a prepared statement, Bettencourt stated that data shows widespread support for limiting the extent to which local governments can raise their property taxes, a concept similar to the rollback idea that the Texas Senate passed in their version of SB 2. Currently, a city can annex land without input from residents - and it's rare that an annexation does not go ahead as planned.

"I am pleased that Governor Abbott signed House Bill 62 and it will become law", Craddick said in a press release.

"This new law will make Texas drivers safer by prohibiting the risky and often deadly practice of texting while driving, and it will ensure that there is one uniform law throughout the state", said AAA Texas Vice President of Government & Community Affairs Linda von Quintus.

Texas governor signs texting-while-driving ban into law