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Governor Abbott Signs & Vetoes Bills

  • In total, Abbott signed 1,034 bills, allowed 105 bills to pass into law without his signature, and vetoed 20 bills.
  • Total list of signed bills (Reference)
  • Notable Second Amendment-related bills signed last week include:

    SB 19 – State Sen. Charles Schwertner (R–Georgetown) – Prohibits a government entity from contracting with any business that discriminates against firearm and ammunition businesses or organizations. (Lt. Gov. Patrick Priority)
    SB 20 – State Sen. Donna Campbell (R–New Braunfels) – Allows guests to store firearms in their hotel rooms. (Lt. Gov. Patrick Priority)
    SB 550 – State Sen. Drew Springer (R–Muenster) – Removed the shoulder or belt holster requirements, allowing Texans to carry firearms in whichever holster they choose.
    HB 957 – State Rep. Tom Oliverson (R–Cypress) – Repeals the criminal offense of possessing, manufacturing, transporting, or repairing a firearm silencer. It also ensures that any firearm suppressor manufactured in Texas—and that remains in Texas—will not be subject to federal law or federal regulation.
    HB 1500 – State Rep. Cole Hefner (R–Mt. Pleasant) – Prevents any government entity from prohibiting the sale or transportation of firearms or ammunition during a declared disaster or emergency.
    HB 1927 – State Rep. Matt Schaefer (R–Tyler) – “Constitutional carry.” Law-abiding Texans can carry a handgun without a license to carry. (RPT Priority)
    HB 2622 – State Rep. Justin Holland (R–Heath) – Makes Texas a “Second Amendment sanctuary state” by protecting Texans from new federal gun control regulations.

  • Abbott also signed some of the remaining leadership priorities into law, including:

    HB 5 – State Rep. Trent Ashby (R-–Lufkin) – Regulatory framework for the incentivized expansion of broadband services to rural and underserved areas of the state. (Gov. Abbott Emergency Priority)
    SB 6 – State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R–North Richland Hills) – Business liability protections from COVID-19 or pandemic-related lawsuits. (Gov. Abbott Emergency Priority)
    HB 4 – State Rep. Four

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