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Gov. Perry Vetoes SB 1035


Location: Austin, TX


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. 1035 as passed by the Eighty-Second Texas Legislature, Regular Session, because of the following objections:

Senate Bill 1035 would expand county permitting of motor vehicle title service companies and create a state licensing requirement administered by the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The bill would establish additional criminal and civil penalties, including a state jail felony if a service company violated a license requirement.

While the state may benefit from the DMV performing a licensing or oversight function, this bill would not address the burden imposed on motor vehicle title service companies by a state licensing requirement, nor would it address the inherent problems of the creation of 254 different county registration processes. The dual state and county registration and licensing procedures, and different associated fees, are too cumbersome.

Senate Bill 1035 could also have unintended consequences through its definition of a motor vehicle title service company. That definition would include any individual directly or indirectly assisting with the registration process. It would be problematic that a friend or family member who is familiar with the registration process could not assist, if any compensation was received, without being subject to civil and criminal penalties.

Because I appreciate the goal of Senate Bill 1035, I am requesting the DMV to work with the motor vehicle title service industry and county governments to find a reasonable solution that does not add layers of government, but protects Texans against individuals operating with the intent to defraud consumers or the state.

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

Secretary of State

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