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Vetoes Overridden, 1860-2013

Please see below for important notes about the sources and methods used to compile this information.

William P. Clements     66th R.S. (1979)
HB 2153 Relating to the approval of the Commissioners Court of Comal County of hunting and fishing regulations.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
W. Lee O'Daniel     47th R.S. (1941)
HB 73 Relating to providing that any person who drives or operates an automobile or other motor vehicle upon any public road or highway, or upon any street or alley within the limits of an incorporated city, town or village, while such person is intoxicated or under the influence of intoxicating liquor, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor, reducing the maximum penalty provided.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
HB 349 Relating to authorizing the Board of Regents of the University of Texas and the branches thereof, the Board of Directors of the Agricultural and Mechanical College and its branches, the Board of Directors of Texas Technological College, the Board of Regents of the State Teachers Colleges, the Board of Directors of the Texas State College for Women, and the Board of Directors of the College of Arts and Industries to charge students building use fees of not to exceed Five Dollars ($5) per semester for the construction and equipment of buildings and power plants, the paving of streets, the purchase of land, and for other capitol improvements, providing, however, this fee shall be a part of the fees now collected and no additional fees shall be collected for any purpose.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
HB 502 Relating to authorizing independent school districts and cities which have assumed the control of public schools situated therein to build or purchase buildings and grounds located within or without the district or city, for the purpose of constructing gymnasia, stadia, or other recreational facilities, to build additions thereto, and to authorize the purchase of additional buildings and grounds for such purposes, and to mortgage and encumber the same, and the income thereof, and to evidence the obligation therefor by the issuance of bonds to secure the payment of funds to purchase or construct or to purchase and construct the same.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
HB 518 A county officers salary law for certain counties (Travis).
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
HB 567 Relating to making emergency supplementary appropriations for the support and maintenance of the Texas Liquor Control Board for the fiscal year ending August 31, 1941, and for the payment of refund claims filed under the provisions of the Texas Liquor Control Act; providing regulations and restrictions in respect to the appropriations made herein.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
Communication from Administrator of Texas Liquor Control Board - House Journal Text
  Veto
HB 828 Relating to the powers of the San Jacinto River Conservation and Reclamation District.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
HB 875 Relating to allowing Unemployment Compensation Commission to make rules and regulations for seasonal workers.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
HB 971 Relating to authorizing cities and towns eligible under the terms of this Act to fund certain indebtedness outstanding on the effective date of this Act; prescribing the method and procedure for issuance of funding or refunding bonds.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
HB 1084 Relating to the Board of Directors of the Lower Neches Valley Authority, etc.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
SB 187 Relating to facilitating the cooperation of this state with other units of government, determining the membership of the Board and establishing the Texas Commission on Interstate Cooperation; describing the functions and operations of said Commission.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
W. Lee O'Daniel     46th R.S. (1939)
SB 69 Relating to providing that no party who participates either in person or by his attorney in the actual trial of the cases in the trial court shall be entitled to review by the Court of Civil Appeals through means of writ of error.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
Daniel J. Moody, Jr.     41st R.S. (1929)
SB 150 Relating to confirming and validating all patents and awards issued on lands lying across or partly across water courses or navigable streams or the beds or abandoned beds thereof, or parts thereof, and to relinquishing, quit-claiming and granting to patentees and awardees and their assignees all of such lands and minerals therein contained, across water courses or navigable streams and also the beds or abandoned beds thereof, and minerals therein contained, where such patents or awards have been issued and outstanding for a period of ten years from the date thereof and have not been cancelled or forfeited, without impairing the rights of the general public, the state, riparian owners, or appropriation, owners in the waters of such streams, and providing that with respect to lands sold by the State of Texas expressly reserving tile, to minerals in the State, such reservation shall not be affected by this Act and that the patentees or awardeees and their assignees shall have the same rights, title and interest in the minerals in their beds or abandoned beds of such water courses or navigable streams that they have in the uplands covered by the same patents.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
Pat M. Neff     38th R.S. (1923)
HB 294 Relating to reorganizing the Forty-sixth and Forty-seventh Judicial Districts and to creating the One Hundredth Judicial District of the State of Texas, and for the appointment of the district judge and district attorney for said One Hundredth Judicial District, providing for holding the district courts and the terms thereof in the Forty-sixth, Forty-seventh and One Hundredth Judicial Districts, respectively, and providing that all process and writs heretofore issued and all recognizances and bonds heretofore made and executed and returnable to existing terms of district court in the counties composing said districts, together with jurors heretofore selected, are valid and returnable to the first term of such court after this Act takes effect, and providing for the continuation of the existing district courts in said counties in session when this Act takes effect to the end of their terms, repealing all conflicting laws.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
HB 309 Relating to constituting Bexar County the Thirty-seventh, Forty-fifth, Fifty-seventh, Seventy-third and Ninety-fourth Judicial District; providing for the present judges of the Thirty-seventh, Forty-fifth, Fifty-seventh and Seventy-third Judicial Districts to continue to hold their offices for the respective terms for which they were elected.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
HB 565 Relating to reorganizing the Thirtieth and Sixteenth Judicial Districts, and creating the Ninety-seventh Judicial District of the State of Texas, and for the appointment of the district judge for said Ninety-seventh Judicial District; providing for the jurisdiction of said district courts, and providing for the continuation of the existing district courts in said counties in session when this Act takes effect to the end of their terms, repealing all conflicting laws.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
SB 92 Relating to prescribing the time and fixing the terms of holding the district courts in the counties composing the Seventy-ninth Judicial District of Texas; creating the Ninety-third Judicial District of Texas to be composed of the county of Hidalgo.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
SB 152 Relating to creating and establishing a court of record in Bowie County to be called and known as the Texarkana Court at Law; to defining and limiting the jurisdiction and powers of said court, and the territorial limits thereof.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
SB 158 Relating to creating and defining jurisdiction of the Ninety-first Judicial District.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
SB 197 Relating to creating the Ninth Supreme Judicial District of Texas, and to creating the Tenth Supreme Judicial District of Texas and to providing for the organization of a Court of Civil Appeals within said Tenth Supreme Judicial District and to repealing all laws in conflict herewith.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
SB 278 Relating to creating the 96th Judicial District of Texas, and establishing a new civil district court within the limits of Tarrant County, additional to the district courts now organized and operating in said county; fixing the terms of said court.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
Oscar Branch Colquitt     33rd R.S. (1913)
HB 29 Relating to authorizing the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railway Company of Texas to lease or purchase certain lines of railway.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
Thomas Mitchell Campbell     30th R.S. (1907)
SB 6 Relating to authorizing the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company to purchase the railroads and all other properties of the Texas and Gulf Railway Company now owned and hereafter acquired, and to operate the same under the charter of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway Company, and as part of its own lines, and to extend the said railroads and to construct branches therefrom by amendment to its charter under the general laws of the State of Texas.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
James Stephen Hogg     23rd R.S. (1893)
HB 39 Relating to creating the fifty-fourth judicial district.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
John Ireland     18th R.S. (1883)
SB 333 An act ceding to U.S. exclusive jurisdiction over certain property in Dallas for public building.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
Richard Coke     15th R.S. (1876)
SB 330 An act to provide district and county surveyors with offices in the various districts and counties of the State.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
Richard Coke     14th 2nd C.S. (1875)
HB 675 Authorizing the issue by Collin county of bonds to the amount of $60,000.00, for the purpose of raising funds to complete a courthouse now in process of construction in that county.
House Override - House Journal Text .
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text.
  Veto
SB 638 Providing for the issuance, by the county court of Travis county, of bonds in the sum of $150,000, to bear ten per cent per annum interest, and run twenty years, the proceeds of their sale to be devoted to the construction of a courthouse and jail.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
Edmund J. Davis     13th R.S. (1873)
HB 236 An act to repeal an act entitled an act to establish a State Police, and provide for the regulation and government of the same, approved July 1, 1870; also to repeal "An act entitled an act to amend an act entitled an act to establish a State Police, and provide for the regulation and government of the same, approved May 2, 1871.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
SB 218 An act to establish and maintain a system of public free schools in the State of Texas.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
House Override - House Journal Text
  Veto
SB 360 An act to establish, organize and define the powers of the Criminal District Court in and for the cities of Dallas, McKinney and Sherman.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
House Override - House Journal Text
  Veto
SB 362 An act to authorize the lessees of the State Penitentiary to delay the payment of certain amounts of money to become due the State until the expiration of their lease.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
House Override - House Journal Text
  Veto
SJR 45 Joint resolution for the relief of Mrs. Belle Murray.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
House Override - House Journal Text
  Veto
Edmund J. Davis     12th 1st C.S. (1870)
HB 350 An act for the relief of the Houston and Texas Central Railway Company.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
  Veto
Edmund J. Davis     12th R.S. (1871)
HB 364 An act for the relief of John Hawkins Brown.
House Override. House Journal Text
Senate Override. Senate Journal Text
  Veto
HB 505 An act to encourage the speedy construction of a railway through the State of Texas to the Pacific Ocean.
House Override. House Journal Text
Senate Override. Senate Journal Text
Governor sent related message to House in 12th Adjourned Session relaying his continued concerns on this topic. House Journal Text
  Veto
SB 220 An act to incorporate the Calvert and Belton Railroad Company.
Senate Override. Senate Journal Text
House Override. House Journal Text
  Veto
James W. Throckmorton     11th R.S. (1866)
SB Int.9/21/1866 An act creating the county of Hood.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
House Override - House Journal Text
  Veto
Sam Houston     8th R.S. (1860)
SB Int.11/9/1859 An act supplementary to and amendatory of an act, entitled an act to provide relief for pre-emption settlers and their assignees under the act of 22d Jan. 1845, the act of 7th Feb., 1853, and the act of 13th Feb., 1854, and actual settlers in the Mississippi and Pacific Rail Road Reservation.
Veto Message as printed in the House Journal has slightly different text than that as printed in the Senate Journal - Senate Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
House Override - House Journal Text
  Veto
Hardin R. Runnels     7th R.S. (1858)
SB Int.1/11/1858 A bill to readjust the boundaries of San Patricio and Nueces counties.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
House Override - House Journal Text
  Veto
Elisha M. Pease     6th R.S. (1856)
SB Int.1/3/1856 An act for the relief of certain sheriffs therein named.
This bill was first introduced as a bill for the relief of Joab Harrell, Sheriff of Williamson County; other sheriffs were added as bill went through the legislative process.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
House Override - House Journal Text
  Veto
SB Int.1/24/1856 An act to amend the caption and the first and sixteenth sections of an act to incorporate the Texas Western Railroad Company, approved February 16, 1852.
Message from Governor, dated Feb. 4, 1856, listed various bills that Governor did not have time to examine; this bill was listed in messages as no. 153 (Senate Journal, p. 523-531). Message from the Governor , dated Feb. 1, 1856, stated some bills were retained for final action in adjourned session (House Journal, Regular Session, p. 531). BIll was vetoed by the Governor in the adjourned session.
Senate Majority Report recommending Override - Senate Journal Text.
Senate Minority Report - Senate Journal Text.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text.
House Refusal to Pass Over Veto - House Journal Text.
Move to Reconsider House Vote - House Journal Text.
House Override - House Journal Text.
  Veto
SB Int.12/21/1855 An act relinquishing to the counties, the State tax for the years 1856 and 1857.
This bill was first introduced as a petition [for relief] of the citizens of Navarro County; a committee substitute was adopted in the Senate (Senate Journal, p. 371) ; Message from the Governor, dated Feb. 1, 1856, stated some bills were retained for final action in adjourned session (House Journal, Regular Session, p. 531). Bill was vetoed by the Governor in the adjourned session.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text.
House Override - House Journal Text.
House Protest of Override - House Journal Text.
  Veto
HB Int.11/20/1855 An act making an appropriation for the per diem pay and mileage of the members of the sixth legislature, and the per diem pay of the officers of the same, at the adjourned session, thereof.
Message from the Governor dated, Feb. 1, 1856, stated some bills were retained for final action in adjourned session (House Journal, Regular Session, p. 531). Bill was vetoed by the Governor in the adjourned session.
House Override - House Journal Text
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text.
  Veto
Elisha M. Pease     5th R.S. (1854)
SB Int.11/14/1853 An act relinquishing to the counties the state tax for the year 1854 and 1855.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
House Override - House Journal Text
  Veto
Peter Hansbrough Bell     4th R.S. (1852)
SB Int.12/3/1851 An act confirming the action of the Auditor and Comptroller, under the provisions of an act of the Legislature to provide for ascertaining the Debt of the late Republic of Texas.
Senate Override - Senate Journal Text
House Override - House Journal Text
Protest by Senator Dancy - Senate Journal Text.
  Veto
J. Pinckney Henderson     1st R.S. (1846)
HJR Int.4/24/1846 For the relief of Charles B. Snow
First reading found on House Journal page 528 (misprinted as "read 3d time"); Snow's petition was first presented on House Journal page 386 (4/8/1846).
Select Committee Report. House Journal Text.
House Override. House Journal Text.
Senate Override. Senate Journal Text.
  Veto
  • This compilation of vetoes is a work in progress. The intent of the Legislative Reference Library is to complete a comprehensive list of vetoes back to the 1st Legislature based on the sources described below. This project is continually updated as new information is found.
  • Form of veto statement. As indicated in the Texas Constitution, Article IV, Section 14, if the governor disapproves a bill after the session has adjourned, notice is required to be in the form of a general proclamation. If however, the governor disapproves a bill while the legislature is in session, the Constitution does not specify the type of statement required. Historically, a variety of statement formats have been used.
  • Sources for information on veto proclamations include: the General and Special Laws of Texas; Veto Proclamations of Governors; House Journals; Senate Journals; Governors' letters, press memos, and other official papers; and Secretary of State Files. Most information is from the collections of the Texas Legislative Reference Library and the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. Some documents from the Archives Commission were too fragile to be scanned. In these instances, there are notes with finding aids for anyone interested in viewing the originals.
  • The "Number of Vetoes" column includes line-item vetoes; In these instances, only specific funding items have been vetoed in appropriations bills.
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