Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has issued his first veto, striking down a ceremonial resolution saluting mental health professionals statewide.
A House Concurrent Resolution by Nacogdoches Republican Rep. Travis Clardy commended health professionals as part of National Health Month, observed each May.
But Abbott said in a veto proclamation Monday that the Texas Constitution "requires all laws to be passed as bills" and "new law cannot be made by concurrent resolution."
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He said the resolution "purports to direct the actions of state agencies in the manner of a law," thus going "beyond the proper bounds of a concurrent resolution."
Abbott took office in January. As governor, he has 10 days to sign or veto laws approved by the Legislature -- though any he takes no action on become law automatically.