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Governor Abbott Appoints Williamson To Aerospace And Aviation Advisory Committee

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 11:09
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jennifer Kurth Williamson to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on September 1, 2021.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jennifer Kurth Williamson to the Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee for a term set to expire on September 1, 2021. The committee assists in the state’s economic development efforts to recruit and retain aerospace and aviation jobs and investments in Texas.

Jennifer Kurth Williamson of Southlake is deputy general counsel for Bell. She is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and a volunteer for George W. Bush Presidential Center Military Service Initiative and North Texas Nadadores. Additionally, she served in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. Williamson received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Michigan, a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Denver College of Law, and a Master of Business Administration from Auburn University-Montgomery.

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Governor Abbott Appoints Jerry Romero To Texas Workforce Investment Council

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Tue, 06/18/2019 - 10:21
Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jerry Romero to the Texas Workforce Investment Council for a term set to expire on September 1, 2019.

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Jerry Romero to the Texas Workforce Investment Council for a term set to expire on September 1, 2019. The Council engages in a collaborative, systematic view of workforce development programs throughout the state and provides for planning, evaluation, research, and other functions related to 19 workforce programs.

Jerry Romero of El Paso is a Vice President of Community Development for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. In that role, he implements and evaluates programs related to small businesses, economic development, affordable housing, and community engagement. He previously served as a gubernatorial appointee on the Texas State Affordable Housing Corporation Board of Directors. He is a board member of United Way of El Paso, president of the El Paso Housing Finance Corporation, and is active in a number of other volunteer roles in his community. Romero attended The University of Texas-El Paso and studied in the field of finance. Additionally, he attended a number of certification programs including The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business for a Compliance Officer certificate, University of Minnesota Minneapolis for a Community Development Officer certificate, and the University of California John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management Latino Leadership Program.

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WEB VIDEO: Texas Celebrates Beer-To-Go Sales

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Mon, 06/17/2019 - 09:05
The Office of Governor Greg Abbott today released a web video highlighting legislation recently signed that will allow beer-to-go sales throughout Texas and extends the life of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for ten more years.

The Office of Governor Greg Abbott today released a web video highlighting legislation recently signed that will allow beer-to-go sales throughout Texas and extends the life of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for ten more years. The Governor signed the legislation over the weekend at Austin Beerworks.

"With the signing of this bill, we raise a toast to freedom in the Lone Star State," said Governor Abbott. "The beer industry has grown rapidly and has become such a vital part of our economy, and I am thankful for the support of the Legislature to continue this momentum by maximizing economic freedom and reducing burdensome regulations in the state of Texas." 

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Governor Abbott Signs House Bill 1

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:29
Governor Abbott Signs House Bill No. 1

House Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, addresses the priorities of Texans. It dedicates $5 billion to rein in skyrocketing property taxes and provides for lasting property tax reforms for homeowners, renters, and businesses.

The budget prioritizes our school classrooms by paying our teachers more and focusing on the needs of students. It also makes our schools safer by hardening our campuses and expanding access to mental health resources.

The budget funds work to combat human trafficking and sexual assault, and to clear the rape-kit backlog. It also creates a fund to assist communities after natural disasters and to match federal aid for future storms.

This is not only a balanced budget, it also limits the growth of spending in the upcoming biennium to less than population and inflation growth, when adjusting for the cost of property tax relief.

House Bill 1, the General Appropriations Act, having been duly certified by the Comptroller of Public Accounts pursuant to Article III, Section 49a of the Texas Constitution, has been presented to me for action. I reviewed the legislation and approved House Bill 1 by signing the bill.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

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Governor Abbott vetoes SB. 2456

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:26
Governor Abbott vetoes Senate Bill No. 2456

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 2456 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

Municipal management districts typically serve as a financing mechanism for commercial, residential, or entertainment development, but sometimes they are misused to supplant services that a city should provide, resulting in double taxation for district residents.  Senate Bill 2456 illustrates the problem.  It would give the Karis Municipal Management District, located within the City of Crowley, new powers to perform a litany of services paid for by assessments on property within the district.  The services range from police and fire protection to the construction and permitting of public concession facilities.  These are services that residents should expect the city to provide, using taxes the city imposes.  Yet Senate Bill 2456 would allow the district to impose additional assessments for these services.  Property owners should not be forced to pay both residential property taxes to the city and residential assessments to the district.  Giving this district such expansive authority would reduce transparency and circumvent the taxpayer protections in Senate Bill 2.

Since the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 15th day of June, 2019.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

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Governor Abbott vetoes SB 1861

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:25
Governor Abbott vetoes Senate Bill No. 1861

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 1861 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

Public facility corporations are a way for government entities to get in the business of affordable housing and issue conduit debt.  To the extent Senate Bill 1861 would encourage taxing entities, including school districts and community colleges, to engage in activities that are outside of their core missions, it would distract those entities from improving student outcomes.  Schools and community colleges should focus on educating students, and House Bill 3 provides the necessary resources to accomplish that goal.

Since the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 15th day of June, 2019.

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

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Governor Abbott vetoes SB 1793

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:24
Governor Abbott vetoes Senate Bill No. 1793

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 1793 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

Senate Bill 1793 would have given government lawyers a pass on filling out a nepotism disclosure form prescribed by the State Auditor’s Office.  For procurement contracts worth at least $1 million, this form compels agency employees to disclose relationships with, and direct or indirect pecuniary interests in, any party to the proposed contract with the state agency.  Uncovering such ties to a potential vendor is important even if the procurement employee happens to be a member in good standing of the Texas Bar.  Government lawyers should fill out the same nepotism disclosure form as everyone else at the agency.

Since the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision.  

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 15th day of June, 2019. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

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Governor Abbott vetoes SB 1575

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:22
Governor Abbott vetoes Senate Bill No. 1575

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 1575 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

Disaster-recovery tools are critically important in Texas, and this session I have signed into law important legislation that will help Texans rebuild from prior disasters and prepare for future ones.  But Senate Bill 1575 goes too far in shielding municipalities from being sued for all sorts of contracts they may enter into for an unspecified period after a disaster declaration.  I look forward to working with the Legislature on a more tailored approach to this issue next session.

Since the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 15th day of June, 2019. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

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Governor Abbott vetoes SB 1319

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:21
Governor Abbott vetoes Senate Bill No. 1319

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 1319 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

The author of Senate Bill 1319 had the right idea in imposing additional reporting requirements for hotel occupancy taxes.  Taxpayers deserve that kind of transparency.  But the bill was amended by others to add pet projects that would allow a single county and a single city to have an existing tax, previously enacted for a particular purpose, “converted” by election into a different tax for a different purpose.  This tax “conversion” process would have misled voters, masking the reality that such an election is for a new tax by failing to inform them that they could simply allow the existing tax to expire.  I applaud the author for his original concept and look forward to approving it next session, without the counterproductive amendments.

Since the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 15th day of June, 2019. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

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Governor Abbott vetoes SB 815

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:20
Governor Abbott vetoes Senate Bill No. 815

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 815 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

The law requires that arrested individuals be brought before a magistrate to be informed about the charges against them and to receive important warnings about their rights.  Records must be made of these communications, and while a statute currently fixes the periods for which courts must retain the records, Senate Bill 815 would instead have delegated to an agency the discretion to set—and change—the retention periods.  Administrative flexibility is not a virtue in this instance.  The Legislature should be the one to provide clear direction on this issue.

Since the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 15th day of June, 2019. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

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Governor Greg Abbott vetoes SB 667

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:18
Governor Abbott vetoes Senate Bill No. 667

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 667 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

Senate Bill 667 would make a number of improvements to the law governing probate and guardianship matters, but they unfortunately cannot take effect this session because of a section of the bill that would create new public guardianship offices controlled by counties.  It has not been shown that it is necessary to add permanent county offices dedicated to this function.  Private attorneys are capable of handling these cases without the expense of this new bureaucracy.

Since the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 15th day of June, 2019. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

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Governor Abbott vetoes SB 550

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:17
Governor Abbott vetoes Senate Bill No. 550

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 550 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

I vetoed similar legislation in 2015 and must do so again here.  Convicted criminals should have a pathway to reintegrating into society after they complete their sentences, and the law rightfully allows them to clear their records in certain circumstances.  For example, this session I have signed into law Senate Bill 20, which expands the ability of human trafficking victims to seek orders of nondisclosure.  Senate Bill 550, however, would allow individuals who were convicted of violent felonies to hide their dangerous conduct from society and from potential employers.  I look forward to working with the next Legislature on a more tailored approach.

Since the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 15th day of June, 2019. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

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Governor Abbott vetoes SB 390

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 18:16
Governor Abbott vetoes Senate Bill No. 390

Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 390 as passed by the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections: 

Senate Bill 390 would create, within Houston city limits, a municipal management district that would be governed by a self-perpetuating board appointed by the city and would impose assessments on property to fund services that the city already has a responsibility to provide to area residents.  This goes too far.  Creating districts like these within city limits undermines core principles of protecting taxpayers and promoting transparency, which led to historic achievements this session in Senate Bill 2.  It is tantamount to double taxation on the district’s property owners, forcing them to pay an ad valorem tax to the city and another assessment to the district. The creation of a municipal management district, or any special purpose district, should not be used to circumvent property-tax reforms.

Since the Eighty-Sixth Texas Legislature, Regular Session, by its adjournment has prevented the return of this bill, I am filing these objections in the office of the Secretary of State and giving notice thereof by this public proclamation according to the aforementioned constitutional provision. 

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have signed my name officially and caused the Seal of the State to be affixed hereto at Austin, this 15th day of June, 2019. 

 

GREG ABBOTT
Governor

 

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Governor Abbott Signs Legislation Allowing Beer-To-Go Sales In Texas

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Sat, 06/15/2019 - 12:55
Governor Greg Abbott today signed into law House Bill 1545 (Paddie, Birdwell), which allows beer-to-go sales for craft breweries in the state of Texas.

Governor Greg Abbott today signed into law House Bill 1545 (Paddie, Birdwell), which allows beer-to-go sales for craft breweries in the state of Texas. The bill also extends the operations of the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and reduces burdensome regulations on the beer and wine industry. The Governor hosted the bill signing at Austin Beerworks and took part in a brewery tour following the signing ceremony.

The Governor was joined at the bill signing by Representatives Chris Paddie, Eddie Rodriguez, Senators Brian Birdwell, Kirk Watson, and Dawn Buckingham, and several stakeholders from the beer and wine industry.

"Today's signing is a major win for the freedom and economic prosperity for which Texas has become known," said Governor Abbott. "It is no secret that Lone Star State is one of the best states for business and entrepreneurship, and House Bill 1545 plays an important role in maintaining this by ensuring our beverage industry is free of stifling regulations. I am grateful to the legislators and stakeholders here today who played a vital role in getting this legislation to my desk."

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Governor Abbott Signs Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization Merger Agreement

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 12:06
Governor Greg Abbott today signed the Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (RGV MPO) re-designation and consolidation agreement at the Texas State Capitol. The Governor was joined by various Rio Grande Valley leaders and stakeholders for the signing including County Commissioners, Mayors, and transportation and mobility leaders.

Agreement Boosts Economy, Strengthens Transportation In The Region

Governor Greg Abbott today signed the Rio Grande Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (RGV MPO) re-designation and consolidation agreement at the Texas State Capitol. The Governor was joined by various Rio Grande Valley leaders and stakeholders for the signing including County Commissioners, Mayors, and transportation and mobility leaders. Senators Juan Hinojosa and Representatives Bobby Guerra and Terry Canales were also present for the signing. 

"Thanks to the hard work of the many leaders and stakeholders here today, we are ushering in a new era of economic development and collaboration for the Rio Grande Valley," said Governor Abbott. "This region plays such an important role in growing the Texas economy and strengthening our international trade partnerships. I look forward to the tremendous new opportunities this agreement will create for the people of the Rio Grande Valley." 

A metropolitan planning organization (MPO) is a local decision-making body that is responsible for overseeing the metropolitan transportation planning process. Federal law requires an MPO for each urbanized area with a population of more than 50,000 people.

Prior to this agreement, the Rio Grande Valley was home to three separate MPOs — Brownsville, Harlingen-San Benito, and Hidalgo County. The RGV MPO agreement will merge all three MPOs into one, encouraging economic development and strengthening transportation systems throughout the region. The agreement will also improve the Rio Grande Valley's ability to compete for greater funding opportunities for infrastructure projects.

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APD Highway Enforcement to Conduct Move Over Operation Update with Numbers

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:50

APD Highway Enforcement ran the move over operation from 8:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. today. Results of the initiative are as follows: 

  • Passing Authorized Emergency Vehicles – 238 warnings
  • Speeding Citations – 2
  • Other Hazardous Violations – 4 warnings
  • Non-Hazardous Violations – 17 citations and 7 warnings

***ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE***
The Austin Police Department Highway Enforcement Command (APD HEC) will be conducting an operation to enforce the Texas Move Over Law, tomorrow, June 12. This law states that drivers must vacate the lane closest to an emergency vehicle or slow to 20 mph below the posted speed limit.
 
APD will have approximately 18 officers during this operation and will gather for a briefing at 8:15 a.m., in the Cabela’s parking lot in Buda. The operation will take place inside Austin city limits, but this is where they will stage beforehand. 

This operation will focus on drivers not moving over for tow trucks that have emergency lights activated while on the side of the highway. Research from AAA shows that a tow truck driver is hit and killed once every six days, making it one of the most dangerous jobs. The Transportation Code was amended in 2013 to include tow trucks as emergency vehicles. This will be the first of a series of operations to educate the public on the law and to help protect our partners in the towing industry.
  

APD seeking the assistance in identifying aggravated assault suspect

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:05

Case:         19-0960109

Date:          April 6, 2019

Time:          12:56 a.m.

Location:   400 blk of E 7th Street

The APD Robbery Unit is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect that was involved in an April 6, 2019 aggravated assault. The suspect and her friends walked along 7th Street and appear to have intentionally attempted to get into altercations with random strangers.

The primary suspect, seen in this video, verbally assaulted the victim before striking her in the face. The suspect continued to punch the victim repeatedly, ultimately causing serious bodily injury. The suspect’s friends also assaulted the victim’s acquaintances who were attempting to break up the fight.

The suspect and her friends relocated near the ARCH following the assault.

The main suspect is described as:

  • Black female
  • Approximately 5’5”
  • Average build
  • Hair in two buns
  • Last seen wearing a black t-shirt with white on sleeves and dark-colored pants 

Anyone with information regarding this case should call the APD Aggravated Assault Unit at 512-974-5245 or text Tip 103 + your message to CRIMES or use the Crime Stoppers App. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD’s free mobile app on iPhone and Android

Traffic Fatality #37

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 11:00

Case:         19-1611200

Date:          June 10, 2019

Time:          3:52 p.m.

Location:   400 E Oltorf Street    

Deceased: Matthew Waters | White male | 11/25/1965

The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a silver, 2016 Toyota Tundra was traveling westbound on E Oltorf Street when he took faulty evasive action, moving into the eastbound lane to avoid a vehicle that was stopped in front of him. The driver collided with the oncoming (eastbound) 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle, driven by 53-year-old Matthew Waters.

Mr. Waters was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased. 

Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD’s free mobile app on iPhone and Android

This is Austin’s 37th fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 38 fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were 28 fatal traffic crashes and 29 traffic fatalities.

These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

Traffic Fatality #36

Austin (TX) Police - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 10:58

Case:         19-1590874

Date:          June 8, 2019

Time:          12:28 p.m.

Location:   8900 block of N Capital of Texas Highway   

Deceased: Guadalupe Padilla Palacios | Hispanic male | 11/08/1976

The preliminary investigation shows that the driver of a white, 2016 Ford Explorer turned westbound on to N Capital of Texas Highway from Great Hills Trail. She failed to use the dedicated merge lane and moved into the right lane of the roadway, striking the box truck driven by Guadalupe Padilla Palacios. Palacios’ truck was overturned and hit a guard rail.

Guadalupe Padilla Palacios was transported to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries on June 9, 2019.

Anyone with information regarding this case should call APD’s Vehicular Homicide Unit Detectives at (512) 974-5594. You can also submit tips by downloading Austin PD’s free mobile app on iPhone and Android

This is Austin’s 36th fatal traffic crash of 2019, resulting in 37 fatalities this year. At this time in 2018, there were 25 fatal traffic crashes and 26 traffic fatalities.

These statements are from the initial assessment of the fatal crash and investigation is still pending. Fatality information may change.

WEB VIDEO: Prioritizing Disaster Recovery, Ensuring Community Resilience

State - TX - Governor's Proclamations - Fri, 06/14/2019 - 08:46

The Office of Governor Greg Abbott today released a web video highlighting disaster relief and preparedness legislation that was signed yesterday in Houston, Texas. The assortment of bills address outstanding needs of relief for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, and will help prepare Texas for future natural disasters. 

"Hurricane Harvey was the most devastating natural disaster in our state’s history, and I am grateful to the legislature for stepping up and delivering not only for its victims, but the entire state of Texas,” said Governor Abbott. “This important set of bills will not only provide greater relief to those affected by disasters in Texas, but also help prepare our state's capabilities to anticipate and mitigate the impact of future disasters." 

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