AUSTIN -The Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Kathleen Hartnett White, Distinguished Senior Fellow in Residence and Director of the Armstrong Center for Energy and the Environment, issued this statement today on Governor Rick Perry’s veto of House Bill 3509:
“We congratulate the Governor on his leadership in vetoing HB 3509. The veto protects Texans from a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department with an expansive authority to enable and enforce federal land use-controls on private land under the Endangered Species Act. That extraordinary regulatory authority over basic land use would have represented a real danger to Texans’ rights to their property — and it would have de facto deputized the TPWD as an arm of the federal government.
“We commend Governor Perry’s veto, which is consistent with his long history of support for state sovereignty. As the Governor well knows, voluntary action by the private sector is the most effective means of resisting federal overreach in this area.”
Kathleen Hartnett Whiteis the Distinguished Senior Fellow in Residence and Director for the Armstrong Center for Energy and Environment at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.
The Texas Public Policy Foundation is a non-profit, free-market research institute based in Austin.