AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Gov. Greg Abbott has vetoed 50 mostly low-profile bills approved by the Legislature, nixing everything from mandating training on sexual abuse prevention for public school students to allowing small counties to accept some mail-in election ballots.
Announced Thursday, the vetoes’ impacts weren’t far-reaching.READ MORE: Suspected Drunk Driver Charged In Crash That Killed 5-Year-Old Texas Boy
Many dealt with obscure or local issues.READ MORE: FEMA Hotline Quickly Overwhelmed By Those Seeking COVID-19 Funeral Payment Assistance
One surprise was Abbott blocking a Republican-backed proposal that youngsters be instructed on how to avoid sexual abuse.
But Abbott said he did so only because a similar measure also approved by lawmakers accomplished much the same thing while allowing families to opt out of such instruction.MORE NEWS: Texas Republican Lawmakers Lead The Charge For New Criminal Penalties For Election Activities
The legislative session ended May 29, but Abbott has convened a 30-day special session starting July 18 to tackle 20 issues — including a “bathroom bill” targeting transgender Texans and school vouchers.