From the Capitol

Governor Perry Signs Historic Pro-Life Legislation

July 18, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today was joined by Texas legislators to stand for life and sign House Bill 2, which protects unborn babies after the fifth month of a pregnancy and raises standards for women's health care in Texas.

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New University a Beacon of Opportunity, Innovation, Potential in South Texas

July 16, 2013

“The Rio Grande Valley is growing rapidly, both in terms of population and economic power. This new university will be a beacon of opportunity, innovation and potential in the Valley, telling the story of the ongoing promise of the 21st Century and the growing role South Texas will play in our future.”

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Gov. Perry Announces TEF Investment in Chevron Creating More Than 1,700 Jobs in Houston

July 3, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today announced Chevron will expand its Houston facilities, creating 1,752 jobs and a multi-million dollar capital investment. The state is providing $12 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund to close the deal on this expansion and job creation. Execution of the state's agreement is contingent upon finalization of a local incentive offer as required by program criteria.

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Start of Second Special Session

July 1, 2013

"The Texas Legislature is poised to finish its history-making work this year by passing legislation to protect the unborn and women's health, invest in our transportation infrastructure and ensure our justice system is fair but firm. This work will build on the historic steps we took during the 83rd Legislative session, addressing our needs for water, cutting the tax burden on Texans and establishing a new university in South Texas. As we open the second special session, we must remember the people of Texas hired us to do our job, and that's what we must do."

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Gov. Perry: Texas Will Continue to Build on Our Legacy of Life

June 27, 2013

With us today are several of our Texas heroes in this fight, Elizabeth Graham, Kyleen Wright, and Carol Everett.

I'm particularly glad to have you all here this week, of all weeks, as we witnessed the extremes the pro-abortion forces will resort to in order to further their cause. They demonstrated that, even if they lose at the ballot box, even if they come up short in attempts to stall on the Senate floor, they will resort to mob tactics to force their minority agenda on the people of Texas.

I'm all about honest, open debate, and parliamentary tactics are certainly nothing new, but what we witnessed Tuesday was nothing more than the hijacking of the democratic process.

This is simply too important a cause to allow the unruly actions of a few to stand in its way.

I have announced that I am bringing lawmakers back to Austin to finish the work and the will of the people of the state of Texas, and I've put pro-life measures at the top of the call list.

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Gov. Perry Calls Special Session to Begin July 1

June 26, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today announced a Special Session of the Texas Legislature will begin at 2 p.m. Monday, July 1.

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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Shelby Co. v. Holder

June 25, 2013

"Today's ruling by the United States Supreme Court is a clear victory for federalism and the states. Texas may now implement the will of the people without being subject to outdated and unnecessary oversight and the overreach of federal power."

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Gov. Perry Signs Religious Freedoms Bill

June 13, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today signed House Bill 308, which allows public school students and staff to use traditional holiday greetings and display religious scenes and symbols on school property. The governor was joined by bill author Rep. Dwayne Bohac and sponsor Sen. Robert Nichols for the signing ceremony.

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Gov. Perry Adds Two Issues to Special Session Call

June 11, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today expanded the special session call.

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Texas Bolsters Career and College Readiness

June 10, 2013

Gov. Rick Perry today applauded efforts made this legislative session to set the bar even higher to ensure all Texas students are prepared for both college and career, bolstering our state's world-class, skilled workforce. Texas continues to be a national leader with regard to our school accountability system, curriculum standards, and expectations of rigor in our graduation requirements. The governor signed Senate Bill 441 and House bills 5, 809, 842, 2201 and 3662.

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