TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:
Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto House Bill No. 2997 as passed by the Eighty-Second Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
House Bill 2997 would create the Select Committee on Urban Farming and the Urban Farming Pilot Program, to be administered by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA). While the goals of the pilot program are laudable, creating new unfunded programs in TDA at a time when the agency's budget is being significantly cut is neither responsible nor acceptable. The select committee's tasks can be addressed by the Senate and House Agriculture committees through interim studies in preparation for the next legislative session.
Since the Eighty-Second 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 17th day of June, 2011.
Governor of Texas
ESPERANZA "HOPE" ANDRADE
Secretary of State