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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Texas Governor Greg Abbott today signed several pieces of legislation from the Legislative Special Session into law, including bills to reform the municipal annexation process, expand reporting requirements for complications resulting from abortion procedures, and limit insurance coverage for abortion procedures.

Governor Greg Abbott Signs Legislation To Reform Municipal Annexation Process

AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bill 6 (SB 6), which will reform and restrict the municipal annexation process. Under the new law, authored by Sen. Donna Campbell and Rep. Dan Huberty, Texans will now be able to vote on whether a city can annex areas outside of its limits. This legislation was a key priority for the Governor during the special session, and with its passage, Texans will now have a voice when it comes to the annexation practices of local governments.


“In Texas, of all places, property rights matter,” said Governor Abbott. “Residents from across the state that have expressed their concerns about feeling abused by the annexation process have had their voices heard. I’m proud to sign legislation ending forced annexation practices, which is nothing more than a form of taxation without representation, and I thank the legislature for their attention to this important issue during the special session.”

Governor Abbott Signs Legislation To Further Protect Life In Texas

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 13 (HB 13) to expand reporting requirements for complications resulting from abortion procedures. This bill, which would not have been possible without the leadership of Sen. Donna Campbell and Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, will result in more accurate data being provided to the state. 


“The health and safety of women is of the utmost importance, and we must have the most accurate data available in order to create good policy,” said Governor Abbott. “This bill is an important step toward providing Texas with critical information when abortions are performed. I would like to thank the legislature for ensuring this important legislation reached my desk during the special session.”

Governor Abbott Signs Pro-Life Insurance Reform

AUSTIN - Governor Greg Abbott today signed House Bill 214 (HB 214) which limits insurance coverage for abortion procedures.  Under this new law Texans will not be forced to pay for elective abortions through their insurance plans. This legislation is an important piece of the Governor's pro-life agenda that has been championed by Sen.
Brandon Creighton and Rep. John Smithee this special session.


"As a firm believer in Texas values I am proud to sign legislation that ensures no Texan is ever required to pay for a procedure that ends the life of an unborn child,” said Governor Abbott. “This bill prohibits insurance providers from forcing Texas policy holders to subsidize elective abortions. I am grateful to the Texas legislature for getting this bill to my desk, and working to protect innocent life this special session.”

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