This Week in Texas: June 16, 2021

Posted June 16, 2021 in The Mignon Memo

Governor’s Veto Period Ends on Sunday

The 87th Texas Legislature passed and sent 3,803 bills to Governor Abbott’s desk for signature. So far, Abbott has vetoed 1 of those bills.

The governor has until Sunday, June 20th to sign the bills on his desk, veto it, or allow them to become law without a signature.

For context: In his past legislative sessions, Gov. Abbott has vetoed between 40-60 bills per session and signed more than 1,000 bills. He has also allowed around 150 bills each session to become law without his signature.

Texas Monthly: 2021 Best and Worst Legislators

It’s finally out!  Everyone involved in the Texas Legislature at the Texas Capitol looks forward to the release of Texas Monthly’s biennial tally of successes and failures after the legislative session. Read the full list here.

Officeholders Looking for a New Job

The 2022 primary elections are heating up as officeholders seek to move up and get new job titles. There have been two big announcements this week.

Eva Guzman announced her resignation as Justice on the Texas Supreme Court last week. She has submitted preliminary paperwork to run for Texas Attorney General. No formal announcement has been made yet by her campaign.

State Rep. James White (R-Hillister) announced he will not seek reelection to the Texas House. White says he’s considering a statewide run, although he did not disclose which state-level seat he would run for at this time. “We believe that we’re qualified, and we’re competitive. We will definitely consider joining the statewide field,” Rep. White said.

Only in Austin…

The University of Texas baseball team has advanced to the 2021 College World Series for the 37th time in program history, the most in college baseball history.

Did you know The University of Texas has 29 current members serving in the Texas Legislature, including Speaker Dade Phelan? This is the most alumni serving in the Texas Legislature by any single school. The 2021 Men’s College World Series begins Saturday, June 19, 2021.