Pursuant to Article IV, Section 14, of the Texas Constitution, I, Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, do hereby disapprove of and veto Senate Bill No. 504 as passed by the Eighty-Third Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:
SB 504 would remove the state's requirement that schools screen all students in the 6th and 9th grades for spinal abnormalities.
This screening detects spinal curvatures, helping avoid extensive surgery, scoliosis or abnormal curvatures later in life.
To ensure children receive the attention and treatment they need for abnormal curvatures, Texas must remain vigilant and retain this required screening.
Since the Eighty-Third 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 14th day of June, 2013.
Governor of Texas