From the Office of State Senator Kel Seliger, District 31

June 14, 2013
Contact: Becky Walker, (512) 463-0131

Statement by Senator Seliger on Governor Rick Perry's Veto of HB 3509

Austin — State Senator Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) made the following statement today following Governor Perry's veto of HB 3509.

"I am disappointed that the Governor has decided to veto an agreed to bill that many people, including members of his own staff, helped negotiate. As a leader who prides himself on being pro-business, I can't understand why Governor Perry would reject a piece of legislation that addresses the federal government's assault on Texas through the overreach of the Endangered Species Act. HB 3509 is a thoughtful piece of legislation that develops a statewide approach to the handling of threatened and endangered species listings while ensuring that the state's economic engine, the oil and gas industry, is not crippled. I first became involved in this issue when the dunes sagebrush lizard was proposed for listing in 2011 and worked closely with Representative Bonnen, stakeholders, industry and landowners to not only craft a coordinated statewide policy but also establish and allocate dollars to a new dedicated fund for biological research. I am proud of the work and foresight of the Legislature, especially in light of the fact that over 100 species are being considered for listing in Texas in the next five years."