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Gov. Abbott signed more than 1K bills this session. Here are the 20 he vetoed.

Gov. Abbott signed more than 1K bills this session. Here are the 20 he vetoed.

AUSTIN (Nexstar) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott vetoed 20 bills during the legislative session, marking the fewest vetoes he’s issued since he was elected Governor in 2014.

Bills can earn a veto for any reason the Governor determines. Often, the explanation relates to a conflict with existing statute, precedent on previous legislation, or unintended consequences he thinks the new bills may cause.

Of the 9,999 pieces of legislation filed between the House and Senate this session, 3,803 bills were passed by both chambers and sent to the Governor’s desk. According to Texas Legislature Online, he signed 1,034 of them and allowed 105 of them to become law without his signature.

Second Look

One of the bills he vetoed was House Bill 686, which would have allowed Texas prisoners serving lengthy sentences to have their cases reevaluated after serving half of their sentence. The bill, known as “second look” legislation, specifically applied to people convicted of first-degree and capitol felonies that were committed when they were young than 18.

“The bill, which addresses parole eligibility for juvenile offenders, admirably recognizes the potential for change and encourages rehabilitation and productiveness in the young offender population,” Abbott wrote in his veto statement. “As written though, the bill’s language conflicts with jury instructions required by the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, which would result in confusion and needless, disruptive litigation.”

Abbott also claimed HB 686, which was one of the few criminal justice reforms with bipartisan support this session, would “cause disparate results in parole eligibility for juvenile offenders by failing to account for all circumstances in Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 42A.054.”

State Rep. Joe Moody, D-El Paso, who authored the measure, shared his thoughts on the veto Saturday night on Twitter.

“Defeated is a word. Tired is a word. Exhausted is a word. The word I choose tonight is determined. I also choose the word undeterred. We will get there. Today is not the day, but that day will come,” Moody wrote.

Abbott noted he looked forward to working with Moody to pass “meaningful reform on this important matter.”

Anti-Hazing

Among the other vetoes Abbott dealt was a bill to update the state’s hazing laws.

Senate Bill 36, would have created a higher education task force focused on mental health services and hazing. SB 36 aimed to add law enforcement officers to the list of groups that a report could be submitted relating to school-related hazing, and the offense would no longer have had to be made in writing. The bill also would have protected people reporting hazing incidents.

Abbott called the plan a “worthy effort to further clarify the anti-hazing statute,” but argued the House added an “unnecessary provision” that would “simply grow government” by creating the task force.

“It is important to ensure that students receives mental-health services, and Texas’s existing agencies and institutions can already study the issues that would be addressed by this vast new bureaucratic entity,” Abbott wrote, noting that the Senate author’s “good idea” was “undercut” by the House sponsor.

Other vetoes

Abbott also vetoed a bill to expand animal cruelty laws, calling it “micro-managing.” He also nixed a plan to toss out hypnotically-induced statements in a criminal trial, citing a late addition in the House that would have expanded the scope. Additionally, he vetoed a bill that would have added criminal trespass to the list of offenses for which law enforcement can cite and release Texans as a Class B misdemeanor, rather than arrest. He explained the bill might tempt agencies to mandate cite-and-release policies rather than allow officers to arrest.

His other vetoes included SB 1109, requiring public schools to provide instruction on child abuse prevention, as well as information about family violence and dating violence.

“These are important subjects and I respect the Senate author’s good intentions, but the bill fails to recognize the right of parents to opt their children out of the instruction,” Abbott stated.

Abbott also canned the effort to voluntarily create habitats for bees, birds and other pollinators in and near solar energy sites. He said “voluntary laws are not needed to drive public behavior.”

The Governor has line-item veto power in the budget, which is the only piece of legislation in which he can yield that power. He signed the entire budget, but vetoed Article 10, which funds the Legislature, as retribution for Democrats walking out on the second-to-last day of session, which caused the elections overhaul bill not to pass.

Abbott vetoed 58 bills in the 86th regular session, and vetoed 50 bills in the 85th regular session. He vetoed 42 pieces of legislation in his first session as Governor, the 84th regular session, in 2015.

The entire list of vetoed bills is available on the Texas Legislature Online website.

Author: Wes Rapaport
This post originally appeared on KXAN Austin

Double vaccinated Brits to skip quarantine – The 33 amber countries signed up to exemption

Double vaccinated Brits to skip quarantine - The 33 amber countries signed up to exemption

The proposed scheme has been met with a mixed response with some appreciative of the chance for a summer holiday while others claim it is unfair and penalising poorer and younger people.

One person tweeted: “Double vaccinated travel needs to start! Thousands and thousands of people in the aviation industry are calling out for it to preserve jobs. It’s fair and makes sense! Many parts of Europe already have this rule!”

Another added: “Couldn’t agree more. Let us who are double vaccinated travel and get on with our lives without massively expensive testing and unenforceable quarantine.”

One person tweeted: “I am not rich, I don’t own a villa in Spain, Greece, Italy or Portugal. I don’t live in a rich area, I am young been double vaccinated and will be going on holiday. It is you trying to create a divided society with your idiotic point.”

Another wrote: “Leaking the idea that double vaccinated people might be allowed to holiday overseas in the summer is a cynical way of getting young people to have the jab. This is not a way to govern. We need more voting against the government as they all seem to be ****ing hopeless sheep.”

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Near-Complete Abortion Is Signed Into Law in Texas

Near-Complete Abortion Is Signed Into Law in Texas

In a legislative session that has leaned heavily conservative, not all Texans agreed with the priorities set by their legislators. Only 7 percent said the gun debate should be the top priority for lawmakers, and 5 percent said the same for voting rights. Of more concern were the economy, the power grid, the coronavirus pandemic and border security, which ranked highest at 36 percent, according to a recent poll by the Texas Politics Project at the University of Texas at Austin.

Texas, long the most populous Republican-dominated state in the country, has increasingly tilted toward a more moderate electorate. Barack Obama lost Texas by nearly 16 percentage points in 2012, but Joseph R. Biden Jr. gained tremendous ground and lost it by just nearly six percentage points in 2020. In the 2018 Senate race, Beto O’Rourke lost to Ted Cruz by just shy of 215,000 votes.

But amid such political and demographic changes, Texas Republicans remain galvanized and invigorated in the post-Trump era. Just as Texas relished playing the conservative antidote in the Obama era, the state’s Republican leaders are taking on the same role in the Biden presidency.

During one 48-hour period this month, the state’s House of Representatives passed several Republican-led measures. With two weeks before the end of the session, legislation passed includes allowing Texans to carry firearms without permits; new voter restrictions mirroring those enacted in Georgia, Florida and other states; penalties against municipal governments attempting to “defund police”; and proposed restrictions on transgender youth.

“It’s certainly been the most conservative session that we’ve seen in a decade,” said Brandon Rottinghaus, a professor of political science at the University of Houston. “The push on guns, on abortion, on defunding the police have all been national Republican issues. That national rightward trend has hit Texas and it stuck in Texas.”

The Supreme Court will not hear arguments in the Mississippi law banning abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy until the fall, and a decision could be more than a year away. Still, advocates for reproductive rights said they feared that the court, which has a conservative majority, could strike down a 50-year precedent.

Elizabeth Nash, a senior state policy manager at the Guttmacher Institute, an abortion rights organization, called the Texas abortion law “new and uniquely cruel” because it would make scores of medical providers vulnerable to lawsuits.

“This ban in Texas is clearly about controlling pregnant people’s bodies and preventing them from making decisions about their lives and futures,” Ms. Nash said. “It is going to have a chilling effect.”

Edgar Sandoval reported from San Antonio, and Dave Montgomery from Austin, Texas. Manny Fernandez contributed reporting.

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Tesla hit with second Solar Roof lawsuit

Tesla hit with second Solar Roof lawsuit

Going green on Elon: Tesla hit with second Solar Roof lawsuit as customer says price was more than DOUBLED after contract signed.

Elon Musk’s Tesla is facing a class action lawsuit from a customer claiming the company raised the price of his solar panels by more than $ 70,000 after he’d signed contracts.

The lawsuit, which was filed in California this week, is led by Matthew Amans, an associate professor of clinical radiology at the University of California San Francisco.

Amans had ordered the company’s Solar Roof for his home in June 2020, according to his suit. He agreed to pay $ 71,662.06, but received an email last month saying the cost would now be $ 146,462.22. His most recent contract with the company was from March of this year.

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A Solar Roof actually replaces a roof and is composed of tiles that act as solar cells. Traditional solar panels merely sit on top of a roof.

Amans is not seeking compensation, but rather for Tesla to honor the original price and install the panels for him and others who have complained about the price hikes. He claims he has already incurred expenses in preparation for the roof, such as removing trees that create shade.

Amans told Business Insider that he did not receive a specific reason for the price hike, and in a phone call with a company representative, he was simply told it was a “business decision.”

Solar Roof pricing has already been controversial for Musk and his company as he admitted to “significant mistakes” in cost calculations during a Q1 earnings report this year.

Musk claimed the size and state of some roofs created a difference in cost they had not anticipated.

“If a roof has a lot of protuberances, or if the roof – sort of the core structure of the roof is rotted out or is not strong enough to hold the Solar Roof, then the cost can be double, sometimes three times what our initial quotes were,” he said.

Numerous other customers have also complained about their contracts not being honored and costs rising by significant amounts on products and services they’d already ordered.

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One customer last month, according to a report from The Verge, signed a contract to pay a total of $ 60,000 for his roof and the battery needed with it, but he was then informed through an email from the company that he would need to sign a new contract that would raise the cost to $ 110,000.

“We have increased the price of Solar Roof and have added adjustments for individual roof complexity,” the email reportedly said, offering to return paid deposits and cancel orders over the updated contract.

Other reports have suggested other customers have faced similar price hikes.

The lawsuit from Amans is actually the second Tesla is facing. Pennsylvania homeowners Philip Dahlin and Mary Arndtsen filed a lawsuit last month after they were informed their Solar Roof price was increasing from $ 46,084.80 to $ 78,352.66. They had signed their contract over a year before being informed about the new agreement.

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Manchester United star Edinson Cavani 'has signed contract extension'

Manchester United star Edinson Cavani 'has signed contract extension'

It’ll now be intriguing to see what United do in the transfer market this summer.

Erling Haaland has long been on their radar, with the Borussia Dortmund striker scoring a remarkable 35 goals in the Bundesliga and Champions League combined.

Harry Kane also has his admirers at Old Trafford, having sparkled for Tottenham during a problematic campaign under Jose Mourinho and Ryan Mason.

But, by keeping Cavani, United may now focus their efforts elsewhere.

A defender is on their radar, with Raphael Varane admired amid uncertainty over his Real Madrid contract.

And so too is a holding midfielder, with Declan Rice backed behind the scenes.

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Five Chelsea flops signed from Premier League rivals amid Sergio Aguero links

With Chelsea facing Manchester City in the FA Cup semi-finals on Saturday, it presents the perfect audition for Sergio Aguero ahead of his imminent departure from City.

The Argentine is being released at the end of this season and is being heavily linked with a move to the Blues.

Thomas Tuchel is in the market for a striker after Timo Werner ’s struggles in front of goal, with Aguero making a mouth-watering option.

But the 32-year-old should be warned, it does not always work out well for those who swap Premier League clubs to move to Stamford Bridge.

Here Mirror Football looks at five players whose time at Chelsea did not work out…

1. Juan Sebastian Veron, £14million from Manchester United

Juan Sebastian Veron's Chelsea career was hampered by injury
Juan Sebastian Veron’s Chelsea career was hampered by injury

Veron’s Chelsea career started remarkably well, scoring a goal on his Premier League debut for the club against Liverpool.

But that was as good as it got for the Argentine, who would go on to make just six more appearances for the Blues in the top-flight.

The midfielder was hampered by injuries and when Jose Mourinho took over from Claudio Ranieri, Veron was sent out on loan to Inter Milan and never again played in the Premier League.

2. Fernando Torres, £50million from Liverpool

Fernando Torres' move to Chelsea remains one of the most expensive mistakes in Premier League history
Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea remains one of the most expensive mistakes in Premier League history

Torres remains one of the most expensive flops in Premier League history after joining the Blues from Liverpool in the January of 2011.

The Spanish striker went 903 minutes and nine games without scoring a goal in the top-flight as he struggled to adapt to life at Stamford Bridge.

The next season did not go any better for Torres, with his Chelsea career epitomised by a horrendous miss against Manchester United when he put the ball wide after rounding the keeper.

Despite starting the majority of Chelsea’s games during his time at the club, Torres’ troubles continued before he eventually departed to AC Milan.

3. Danny Drinkwater, £35million from Leicester City

Danny Drinkwater has suffered a hard fall from grace since joining Chelsea
Danny Drinkwater has suffered a hard fall from grace since joining Chelsea

It would be hard to find a player who has suffered a fall from grace that would rival Danny Drinkwater’s.

The midfielder arrived at Stamford Bridge as a Premier League winner but has never been able to nail down a place in the Chelsea squad.

Drinkwater’s nadir was undoubtedly Mauricio Sarri’s season in charge, when the Englishman made no league appearances whatsoever.

He has been sent out on loan to two Premier League clubs, both of which were failures and was not handed a squad number at the start of this season.

4. Shaun Wright-Phillips, £21million from Manchester City

Shaun Wright-Phillips was mainly used as a substitute by Jose Mourinho
Shaun Wright-Phillips was mainly used as a substitute by Jose Mourinho

The son of legendary Arsenal striker Ian Wright, the tricky winger was limited to only sporadic appearances at Chelsea.

Wright-Phillips was a perennial substitute under Jose Mourinho, coming off the bench 39 times in the Premier League during his time at the Blues.

It took him 17 months to score his first goal, but his lowest would be his final season at the club when he was left out of the squad completely for the 2008 Champions League final.

After Avram Grant left the club, Wright-Phillips fell out with new manager Luiz Filipe Scolari and was allowed to return to City for just £8.5m.

5. Ross Barkley, £15million from Everton

Ross Barkley has failed to nail down a starting spot at the Blues
Ross Barkley has failed to nail down a starting spot at the Blues

To call Barkley a flop might be slightly harsh, but he has certainly suffered a mixed career since joining Chelsea from Everton.

It did though take him nine months to score his first goal for the club and he has failed to nail down a starting spot at the Blues.

In fact, Barkley has been on the bench nearly 20 times more than he has started a match during his time at Chelsea and he was sent out on loan to Aston Villa for this season.

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Elderly drivers could need to get a driving licence signed by GP under new proposals

Elderly drivers could need to get a driving licence signed by GP under new proposals
Victoria Batman has started a campaign to require extra checks on road users after her 11-year old son Josh died following a crash involving an elderly driver. She has embarked on a campaign to change the law to ensure elderly drivers are safe to drive before they get beyond the wheel.
But there is no legal limit on what age drivers must stop using their cars.

Drivers are supposed to tell the DVLA if they have a medical condition which would disqualify them from holding a licence.

However, some police forces have reported as many as 30 percent of over 70s with medical conditions fail to inform the DVLA of the issue.

Department for Transport data has also revealed over 70s are more likely to be involved in driver error collisions.

“I understand that old people are reluctant to give up their licenses as it is key to their independence.

“It’s a way of getting out and communicating with others, it stops them feeling isolated and alone.

“There’s plenty of capable 70-year-old drivers, it’s not everybody, but at the moment the checks and the law aren’t strong enough.”

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‘Signed my bout agreement like this’: Bellator fan favorite Loureda poses in pink bikini as name & date revealed for next fight

‘Signed my bout agreement like this’: Bellator fan favorite Loureda poses in pink bikini as name & date revealed for next fight

MMA stunner Valerie Loureda has wowed fans with a stunning bikini contract signing snap, as her next opponent and the date of their fight have also been revealed.

The Bellator star uploaded a sensational poolside shot to Twitter which showed her relaxing head down and showing off her body in all its glory. 

“Just signed my bout agreement bout agreement like dis,” read the caption. 

And naturally, her followers weren’t able to contain their emotions.

Leaving them in no further suspense, details of the 22-year-old’s next appearance in the octagon have now been revealed. 

On May 7, at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, the Miami native will face Hannah Guy as part of the Bellator 258 card – as reported by Maxim.

While Taekwondo master Loureda has already put together a 3-0 flyweight record with the MMA promotion since debuting in 2019, this will be 2-1 Guy’s debut for them.

In the main event, Sergio Pettis will challenge bantamweight champion Juan Archuleta while ex-UFC stars Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and the recently-released Yoel Romero do battle at light-heavyweight.

All focus will be on Loureda further down the bill, however. 

Last year, she was named the hottest fighter of 2020 by ex-UFC middleweight champion-turned-pundit Michael Bisping on his podcast and set pulses alight with a celebratory video.
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But as she says herself, she is more than “just an ig model”, and also made the top 10 Bellator finishes in the same year through her savage buzzer-beating KO of Tara Graff.

That victory was marked with a racy cage dance, much to the delight of Loureda’s growing army of fans. 
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Signed, sealed & delivered: Contract for blockbuster Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua showdown is DONE, promoter says

Signed, sealed & delivered: Contract for blockbuster Tyson Fury vs Anthony Joshua showdown is DONE, promoter says

The long-anticipated ‘Battle of Britain’ between the two men who hold all the marbles in boxing’s heavyweight fold, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua, has taken a giant step forward as Eddie Hearn confirms contracts have been signed.

Both Fury and Joshua have long stated their ambitions to fight one another in what would be the highest stakes heavyweight bout in a generation – but top level negotiations between the Fury and Joshua camps (and their respective exclusive broadcasters ESPN and DAZN) had repeatedly hit a brick wall.

Until now, it seems. It was revealed by ESPN on Monday afternoon, via Joshua’s promoter Hearn, that contracts between the two giant fighters have been signed for TWO fights to take place, with at least one of them expected to take place this year.

As of yet, no details regarding the date or the location have been released but it is thought that promoters are still accepting site bids from regions thought to be interested in hosting the fight. 

The ongoing situation regarding Covid-19 in the United Kingdom, which would otherwise have almost certainly hosted the fight, means that other territories such as various regions in the Middle East have pulled ahead as potential locations – though it is understood that no decisions have yet been made in this regard.

The signing of the contract between the two fighters represents the culmination of years of speculation of a high profile showdown between the two. The fight has seemed at risk due to language in Deontay Wilder’s contract following his two-fight stint opposite Fury in which he is guaranteed a third fight.

The American indicated after his seventh-round defeat to Fury more than a year ago that he intended to make good of this particular clause. Fury, who openly pined for a fight with Joshua, expressed his reticence at the idea – and finally seems to have secured the blockbuster fight he has been chasing.
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The Fury-Joshua megafight, when it happens, will unify the major recognized titles in boxing’s heavyweight division – with the winner being crowned boxing’s first undisputed heavyweight champ since Lennox Lewis twenty years ago. 

Predictably, fight fans are already having their say as to who will come out on top when Fury and Joshua finally step into the ring, with some speculating that Joshua will “win by KO” while others just seem to be content that the fight appears to have finally been agreed after months of promotional foreplay. 
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