Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) vetoed 20 bills passed by the GOP-controlled state Legislature, most of them announced Monday, The Texas Tribunereports. Abbott canceled two criminal justice reform bills prioritized by House Speaker Dade Phelan (R), a bill requiring schools to teach high school and middle school students about child abuse prevention and domestic violence, another one expanding rural broadband access, and legislation offering reduced penalties for criminal trespassing, arguing it would hurt tools to arrest homeless people and immigrants at the border.
Abbott also vetoed a bill Friday that would have banned tethering dogs outside with heavy chains, earning him the ire of dog owners and the hashtag #AbbottHatesDogs, the Houston Chronicle reported Monday. The bill, which would have expanded and clarified the state’s animal cruelty laws, had the support of animal control officers, law enforcement agencies and organizations, county prosecutors, and advocates for animals, and it passed 28-3 in the Senate and 83-32 in the House.
It’s not exactly news that Texas —bless its heart— is totally mismanaged, and instead of fixing their legendary problems —from the failed electric grid that freezes Texans to death in the winter to killing them in summer— Abbott prefers Culture Wars like a near total ban on abortion, building Hair Füror’s Last Monument to the Confederacy on the border, and now animal cruelty.
Remember, always, with everything they do, the cruelty is the point and increasingly, the only point of their actions and policies.
by 2024 they’ll be flaying people alive, in public, for their amusement.
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And the people of the Terrible Oil Kingdom of Texaslovakia keep (re)electing these choads (with, admittedly, not a little help from gerrymandering). I feel bad for the sane ones there, but for everyone else, they’re getting exactly what they wanted, and they’re getting it good and hard.
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Christian white republican males should seriously consider bringing back monetary indulgences.
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I have hesitated a long time to blame amorality on physical disability, but this guy Abbott is a bitter nasty cripple. Was he always like this or did he go downhill after the accident? DOGS? He has to take it out on dogs?
Anybody watching SWEET TOOTH on Netflix? The villan is called Abbot. Just sayin.
I looked it up.
48 million American households own an average of 1.6 dogs.
Not a demographic to piss off, but after the mocking of the death of Smilin’ Joe’s dog, it shows they don’t care.
They are cruel and their cruelty is now their public policy.