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    Texas Gov. Vetoes 51 Bills – In One Day!

    Texas Governor Greg Abbott vetoed 51 bills in one day, many of which he viewed as well-intentioned but adding excessive bureaucracy.
    The governor took even more of a ‘limited government’ stance than some of his fellow Republicans in the state legislature by vetoing bills they passed.
    And, interestingly, he detailed the reasoning behind many of his vetoes even though they came right before a deadline.

    One bill, Texas House Bill (HB) 448, would have required children under two to to ride in rear-facing car seats.
    “House Bill 448 is an unnecessary invasion of parental rights and an unfortunate example of over-criminalization,” Abbott wrote. “Texas already compels drivers to use a car seat for a child under eight years of age.”
    “House Bill 448 would get even more prescriptive, dictating which way the car seat must be facing for a child under two years of age. It is not necessary to micromanage the parenting process to such a great extent, much less to criminalize different parenting decisions by Texans.”
    Abbott, who served as the Texas Attorney General for 13 years, has a history of challenging bills he believes are too broadly written and could fuel unintended consequences.
    For instance, in his veto of HB 3490, which would’ve criminalized the use social media to harass and torment someone, Abbott believed the bill could be misinterpreted to silence “repeated criticisms of elected officials on Internet websites.”
    And in his veto of HB 455, which would have forced school boards to adopt “recess policies” based on state-mandated standards, the governor said it was “bureaucracy for bureaucracy’s sake.”
    Abbott is also known to intensively read through the bills; for example, he vetoed a resolution to make the Bowie knife the official knife of Texas because the resolution misidentified the location of Jim Bowie’s ‘Sandbar Fight’ as near Natchez, Louisiana, when in fact it actually occurred near Natchez, Mississippi.
    Abbott also pointed out the Kafkaesque language of HB 109 which was intended to close public schools on Memorial Day, but simultaneously allowed 859 school districts to remain open on the holiday.
    “Teaching young Texans how to respectfully celebrate this holiday is critical, and we do not accomplish this goal with a law that may require them to attend school on Memorial Day,” he wrote in his veto statement.
    @TheTexan must be devastated, so many beautiful votes destroyed by ugly vetos.
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    @TheTexan must be devastated, so many beautiful votes destroyed by ugly vetos.
    It's just really disrespectful to all the hard work the legislators put into crafting these bills and getting them to his desk.

    And then he just $#@!s all over them with his veto.
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    Thats nothing. Try vetoing the same amount of bills that Grover Cleveland did.
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    Is a new Dr No emerging?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swordsmyth View Post
    It is not necessary to micromanage the parenting process to such a great extent...
    And to what extent does the parenting process need to be micromanaged?
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