Gov. Greg Abbott’ veto stamp is getting used heavily. He has vetoed 50 mostly low-profile bills approved by the Legislature, everything from mandating training on sexual abuse prevention for public school students to allowing small counties to accept some mail-in election ballots.
The vetoes’ impacts weren’t far-reaching for the most part dealing with obscure or local issues.
One surprise was Abbott blocking a Republican-backed proposal that youngsters be instructed on how to avoid sexual abuse. The Governor said he did so only because a similar measure also approved by lawmakers accomplished the same thing while allowing families to opt out of such instruction.