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10/11/2021 87th 3rd C.S. Presenting an additional subject to the 87th Legislature, 3rd C.S.: legislation establishing that no entity in Texas can compel receipt of a COVID-19 vaccine by any individual, including an employee or a consumer, who objects to such vaccination for any reason of personal conscience, based on religious belief, or for medical reasons, including prior recovery from COVID-19 Greg Abbott Legislative message
09/28/2021 87th 3rd C.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
09/07/2021 87th 3rd C.S. Calling an extraordinary session of the 87th Legislature, to convene in the City of Austin, commencing at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021, for the following purposes:
To consider and act upon the following:
Legislation relating to the apportionment of the State of Texas into districts used to elect members of the Texas House of Representatives, the Texas Senate, the State Board of Education, and the United States House of Representatives.
Legislation providing appropriations from the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA), Pub. L. No. 1 17-2.
Legislation identical to Senate Bill 29 as passed by the Texas Senate in the 87th Legislature, Regular Session, disallowing a student from competing in University Interscholastic League athletic competitions designated for the sex opposite to the student’s sex at birth.
Legislation regarding whether any state or local governmental entities in Texas can mandate that an individual receive a COVID-19 vaccine and, if so, what exemptions should apply to such mandate.
Legislation similar to Senate Bill 474 as passed by 87th Legislature, Regular Session, but that addresses the concerns expressed in the governor’s veto statement (Relating to the unlawful restraint of a dog; creating a criminal offense).
Greg Abbott Legislative proclamation
08/29/2021 87th 2nd C.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
08/25/2021 87th 2nd C.S. Executive Order GA-39 Relating to prohibiting vaccine mandates and vaccine passports subject to legislative action Greg Abbott Executive order
08/25/2021 87th 2nd C.S. Presenting an additional subject to the 87th Legislature, 2nd C.S.: legislation regarding whether any state or local governmental entities in Texas can mandate that an individual receive a COVID-19 vaccine and, if so, what exemptions should apply to such mandate Greg Abbott Legislative message
08/09/2021 87th 2nd C.S. Governor Abbott takes action to mitigate rise in COVID-19 cases in Texas; Letter to the Texas Hospital Association, RE: Asking Texas hospitals to take steps to ensure the availability of adequate hospital capacity to care for COVID-10 patients; Letter to the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Medical Association, RE: Asking for assistance to step up efforts to increase vaccinations and make make additional COVID-19 Antibody Infusion Centers available across Texas Greg Abbott Letter
Press release
08/05/2021 87th 2nd C.S. Calling an extraordinary session of the 87th Legislature, to convene in the City of Austin, commencing at 12 p.m. on Saturday, August 7, 2021, for the following purposes:
To consider and act upon the following:
Legislation reforming the bail system in Texas to protect the public from accused criminals who may be released on bail.
Legislation strengthening the integrity of elections in Texas.
Legislation providing appropriations from unappropriated available revenues for COVID-19-related healthcare expenses, such as those listed below:
• healthcare staffing;
• alternative care sites;
• supporting nursing homes, state supported living centers, assisted living facilities, & long-term care facilities;
• vaccine administration;
• testing sites;
• supplies & equipment; and
• infusion centers.
Legislation providing strategies for public-school education in prekindergarten through twelfth grade during the COVID-19 pandemic, which ensures:
• students receive a high-quality education & progress in their learning;
• in-person learning is available for any student;
• the wearing of face coverings is not mandatory; and
• COVID-19 vaccinations are always voluntary.
Legislation enhancing criminal laws or providing funding from unappropriated available revenues to support law-enforcement agencies, counties, & other strategies as part of Texas' comprehensive border security plan.
Legislation safeguarding the freedom of speech by protecting social-media and email users from being censored based on the user's expressed viewpoints, including providing a legal remedy for those wrongfully excluded from a platform.
Legislation providing appropriations from unappropriated revenues to the Legislature and legislative agencies in Article X of the General Appropriations Act.
Legislation similar to Senate Bill 1109 from the 87th R.S., requiring schools to provide appropriate education to students about dating violence, domestic violence, & child abuse, but recognizes the right of parents to opt their children out.
Legislation identical to Senate Bill 29 as passed by the 87th R.S., disallowing a student from competing in UIL athletic competitions designated for the sex opposite to the student's sex at birth.
Legislation similar to Senate Bill 394 from the 87th R.S., which prohibits people from providing abortion-inducing drugs, strengthens the laws applicable to the reporting of abortions & abortion complications, & ensures that no abortion-inducing drugs are provided unless there is voluntary and informed consent.
Legislation similar to House Bill 3507 from the 87th R.S., relating to a "thirteenth check" or one-time supplemental payment of benefits under the Teacher Retirement System of Texas.
Legislation similar to House Bill 3979 concerning critical race theory as originally passed by the Senate in the 87th R.S.
Legislation providing appropriations from unappropriated available revenues for the following purposes:
• property-tax relief;
• enhanced protection for the safety of Texas' foster-care system; and
• to better safeguard the state from potential cybersecurity threats.
Legislation modifying the filing periods & related election dates for primary elections held in Texas in 2022.
Legislation reforming laws governing radioactive waste to protect the safety of Texans.
Legislation shielding private employers & employees from political subdivision rules, regulations, ordinances, & other actions that require any terms of employment that exceed or conflict with federal or state law.
Legislation relating to quorum requirements.
To consider and act upon such other subjects as may be submitted by the Governor from time to time after the session convenes.
Greg Abbott Legislative proclamation
07/30/2021 87th 1st C.S. Letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, RE: Executive Order GA-37 (transportation of migrants during the COVID-19 disaster) Greg Abbott Letter
07/30/2021 87th 1st C.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
07/29/2021 87th 1st C.S. Executive Order GA-38 Relating to the continued response to the COVID-19 disaster Greg Abbott Executive order
07/28/2021 87th 1st C.S. Executive Order GA-37 Relating to the transportation of migrants during the COVID-19 disaster Greg Abbott Executive order
07/01/2021 87th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
06/28/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott allocates additional $94.6M emergency education relief funding for Texas higher education Greg Abbott Press release
06/04/2021 87th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
05/18/2021 87th R.S. Executive Order GA-36 Relating to the prohibition of governmental entities and officials from mandating face coverings or restricting activities in response to the COVID-19 disaster Greg Abbott Executive order
05/17/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces end to federal pandemic-related unemployment benefits Greg Abbott Press release
05/14/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses administered in Texas Greg Abbott Press release
05/10/2021 87th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
05/05/2021 87th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
04/20/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces 24 participating counties in eighth week of Save Our Seniors COVID-19 vaccine initiative Greg Abbott Press release
04/14/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces 35 participating counties for seventh week of Save Our Seniors initiative Greg Abbott Press release
04/09/2021 87th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
04/06/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces 46 participating counties for sixth week of Save Our Seniors initiative Greg Abbott Press release
04/05/2021 87th R.S. Executive Order GA-35 Relating to COVID-19 vaccines and the protection of Texans' private health information Greg Abbott Executive order
04/05/2021 87th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
03/30/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces 35 participating counties for fifth week of Save Our Seniors initiative Greg Abbott Press release
03/26/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces ten million COVID-19 vaccines administered in Texas Greg Abbott Press release
03/25/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces outreach partnership to increase COVID-19 vaccinations among seniors Greg Abbott Press release
03/23/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces fourth week of Save Our Seniors initiative in 25 counties Greg Abbott Press release
03/22/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott hosts small business roundtable to discuss COVID-19 liability legislation (with Senator Kelly Hancock and Representative Jeff Leach) Greg Abbott Press release
03/16/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces third week of Save Our Seniors initiative in 28 counties Greg Abbott Press release
03/12/2021 87th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
03/09/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces 34 counties participating in second week of Save Our Seniors initiative Greg Abbott Press release
03/06/2021 87th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
03/04/2021 87th R.S. State leadership announces funding for Texas school systems to support in-person instruction; SY [school year] 20-21 attendance and enrollment FAQ (Texas Education Agency) Greg Abbott Press release
Other
03/02/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott lifts mask mandate, opens Texas 100 percent Greg Abbott Press release
03/02/2021 87th R.S. Executive Order GA-34 Relating to the opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster Greg Abbott Executive order
03/01/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott, TDEM [Texas Division of Emergency Management] launch first week of Save Our Seniors initiative in 26 counties Greg Abbott Press release
02/25/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott announces "Save Our Seniors" initiative to vaccinate homebound seniors in Texas Greg Abbott Press release
02/24/2021 87th R.S. Submitting emergency matters to the 87th Legislature: legislation reforming the structure of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to safeguard the Texas electric grid against future blackouts during extreme temperatures; legislation requiring, and providing a method of funding for, increased winterization of the Texas electric grid; legislation relating to expanding broadband initiatives or lowering barriers to expediting broadband deployment; legislation reforming the bail system in Texas by mandating consideration of a uniform risk assessment tool and peace-officer safety when setting bail, and by increasing the qualifications of magistrates setting bail in the most serious offenses; legislation defunding or otherwise penalizing political subdivisions that defund their police; legislation strengthening the integrity of elections in Texas; legislation relating to civil liability protections for health care providers, businesses, and individuals that have operated safely during the COVID-19 pandemic Greg Abbott Legislative message
02/12/2021 87th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
02/09/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott, TDHCA [Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs] announce statewide COVID-19 rental relief program Greg Abbott Press release
02/04/2021 87th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
01/28/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott, TEA [Texas Education Agency] open grant applications for students with cognitive disabilities impacted by COVID-19 Greg Abbott Press release
01/19/2021 87th R.S. Governor Abbott hosts roundtable discussion, provides COVID-19 vaccine update with Houston healthcare professionals Greg Abbott Press release
01/15/2021 87th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
01/14/2021 87th R.S. Texas first state to administer 1 million COVID-19 vaccines Greg Abbott Press release
01/11/2021 86th R.S. Governor Abbott tours Arlington mass vaccination site, provides update on COVID-19 vaccine efforts Greg Abbott Press release
01/05/2021 86th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
12/28/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, DSHS [Texas Department of State Health Services] encourage nursing facilities to take advantage of COVID-19 treatments; letter from DSHS Commissioner John Hellerstedt, MD, to nursing facility administrators, December 27, 2020 Greg Abbott Letter
Press release
12/21/2020 86th R.S. Texas Capitol to reopen January 4th Greg Abbott Press release
12/18/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, FDA [Food and Drug Administration] Commissioner, CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] Director hold call with Texas hospitals to discuss COVID-19 therapeutics Greg Abbott Press release
12/17/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott provides update on COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Texas Greg Abbott Press release
12/15/2020 86th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
12/11/2020 86th R.S. State of Texas activates federal COVID-19 vaccination program for long-term care staff, residents Greg Abbott Press release
12/07/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TDEM [Texas Division of Emergency Management] launch COVID-19 rapid testing pilot program for front line workers of small businesses Greg Abbott Press release
12/06/2020 86th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
12/02/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces initial COVID-19 vaccine distribution for month of December Greg Abbott Press release
11/23/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, DSHS [Texas Department of State Health Services] announce COVID-19 vaccine distribution plan Greg Abbott Press release
11/19/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott provides update on bamlanivimab distribution to hospitals across Texas (COVID-19 antibody therapy) Greg Abbott Press release
11/18/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TEA [Texas Education Agency], TDEM [Texas Division of Emergency Management] announce $420 million reimbursement program for Texas schools to continue supporting remote learning during COVID-19 Greg Abbott Press release
11/13/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, DSHS [Texas Department of State Health Services] announce distribution of COVID-19 antibody therapy to hospitals across Texas Greg Abbott Press release
11/13/2020 86th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
11/10/2020 86th R.S. State of Texas prepared to swiftly distribute COVID-19 treatments becoming available Greg Abbott Press release
11/06/2020 86th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
10/21/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TEA [Texas Education Agency] establish targeted education funds for families of students with cognitive disabilities Greg Abbott Press release
10/16/2020 86th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
10/14/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TEA [Texas Education Agency], TDEM [Texas Division of Emergency Management] announce COVID-19 rapid testing pilot program for Texas school systems Greg Abbott Press release
10/08/2020 86th R.S. Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster Greg Abbott General proclamation
10/07/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott encourages health care providers to enroll in DSHS [Texas Department of State Health Services] Immunization Program in preparation for COVID-19 vaccine Greg Abbott Press release
10/07/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott issues Executive Order to open bars in qualifying counties Greg Abbott Press release
10/07/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-32 Relating to the continued response to the COVID-19 disaster as Texas reopens (bars) Greg Abbott Executive order
10/07/2020 86th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
10/02/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] announce $3.5 million for nursing facility safety projects Greg Abbott Press release
10/01/2020 86th R.S. Suspending certain statutes concerning the November 3, 2020 elections Greg Abbott General proclamation
09/25/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces over $171 million in CARES [Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security] Act funding for rental assistance, Texas Eviction Diversion Program Greg Abbott Press release
09/17/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott expands capacity for certain services in Texas, announces guidance for nursing home, long-term care visitations (summary of Executive Orders GA-30 and GA-31) Greg Abbott Press release
09/17/2020 86th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
09/17/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-31 Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster Greg Abbott Executive order
09/17/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-30 Relating to the continued response to the COVID-19 disaster as Texas reopens Greg Abbott Executive order
09/07/2020 86th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
08/21/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott statement on federal approval for Lost Wages Assistance funds Greg Abbott Press release
08/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces procurement of over 1 million devices, WiFi hotspots through Operation Connectivity Greg Abbott Press release
08/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott directs TWC [Texas Workforce Commission] to apply for federal Lost Wage Assistance funds Greg Abbott Press release
08/17/2020 86th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
08/08/2020 86th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
08/04/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott provides update on PPE [personal protective equipment] distribution to Texas schools Greg Abbott Press release
07/31/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen, Chairman Taylor, Chairman Huberty release statement on school re-openings Greg Abbott Press release
07/30/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] extend flexibilities for Medicaid, CHIP [Children's Health Insurance Program] providers during COVID-19 response Greg Abbott Press release
07/27/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives grade promotion requirements for 2020-2021 STAAR testing Greg Abbott Press release
07/27/2020 86th R.S. Suspending Section 85.001(a) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to require that, for any election ordered or authorized to occur on November 3, 2020, early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2020; suspending Section 86.006(a-1) of the Texas Election Code, for any election ordered or authorized to occur on November 3, 2020, to the extent necessary to allow a voter to deliver a marked mail ballot in person to the early voting clerk's office prior to and including election day (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
07/22/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces additional $118 million in federal funding to support Texas higher education Greg Abbott Press release
07/17/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen, Senate Finance, House Appropriations Committee Chairs announce eLearning funding for Texas students Greg Abbott Press release
07/15/2020 86th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
07/10/2020 86th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
07/09/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott issues proclamation expanding hospital capacity in 11 trauma service areas Greg Abbott Press release
07/09/2020 86th R.S. Amending Executive Order GA-27 relating to increased hospital capacity in Texas during the disaster posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
07/08/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott allocates emergency education relief funding for Texas higher education (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) Greg Abbott Press release
07/02/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] announce extension of emergency SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits during COVID-19 pandemic Greg Abbott Press release
07/02/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] secure $2.67 billion in federal funding for Texas hospitals Greg Abbott Press release
07/02/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-29 Relating to the use of face coverings during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus/masks) Greg Abbott Executive order
07/02/2020 86th R.S. Amending Executive Order GA-28 relating to mass gatherings in Texas during the disaster posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
06/30/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] announce $9 million for nursing facility infection control projects to prevent COVID-19 Greg Abbott Press release
06/30/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott issues proclamation to expand hospital capacity in four additional Texas counties Greg Abbott Press release
06/30/2020 86th R.S. Amending Executive Order GA-27 relating to increased hospital capacity in Texas during the disaster posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
06/29/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] extend deadline for pandemic food benefits for families affected by COVID-19 school closures, Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program [P-EBT] Greg Abbott Press release
06/26/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott secures extension of federally-supported COVID-19 testing sites in Texas Greg Abbott Press release
06/26/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott takes executive action to contain spread of COVID-19 Greg Abbott Press release
06/26/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-28 Relating to the targeted response to the COVID-19 disaster as part of the reopening of Texas (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
06/25/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces temporary pause of additional reopening phases Greg Abbott Press release
06/25/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott issues Executive Order expanding hospital capacity Greg Abbott Press release
06/25/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-27 Relating to the need for increased hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
06/23/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, DSHS [Texas Department of State Health Services] distribute additional cases of antiviral drug remdesivir across Texas Greg Abbott Press release
06/23/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott expands local authority on outdoor gatherings, directs HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] to enact emergency rules to increase safety at child care centers Greg Abbott Press release
06/23/2020 86th R.S. Amending Executive Order GA-26 relating to the expanded opening of Texas during the disaster posed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
06/16/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Doctor John Zerwas provide update on Texas' hospital capacity; Texas hospital bed capacity (presentation) Greg Abbott Press release
Other
06/15/2020 86th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
06/11/2020 86th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
06/08/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TDEM [Texas Division of Emergency Management] announce expanded testing in underserved communities disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 Greg Abbott Press release
06/04/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] announce extension of emergency SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits during COVID-19 pandemic Greg Abbott Press release
06/03/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces phase III to open Texas Greg Abbott Press release
06/03/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-26 Relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
05/27/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott provides update on COVID-19 surge response in Amarillo; Amarillo COVID-19 trends Greg Abbott Press release
05/27/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] announce $3.6 million to connect nursing facility residents and families Greg Abbott Press release
05/26/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces additional services and activities that can open under phase II Greg Abbott Press release
05/26/2020 86th R.S. Expanding the enumerated list of covered services in Executive Order GA-23 (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
05/22/2020 86th R.S. Letter to county judges regarding allocation of CARES Act funding to cities and counties (with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senator Jane Nelson, Representative Giovanni Capriglione, Senator Juan Hinojosa, and Representative Oscar Longoria), May 22, 2020; County judges letter to Governor Greg Abbott, May 13, 2020 Greg Abbott Letter
05/22/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces extensions to payment deadlines for certain employers (Texas Workers Compensation unemployment benefits) Greg Abbott Press release
05/22/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-25 Relating to in-person visitation at county and municipal jails during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
05/22/2020 86th R.S. Expanding the enumerated list of covered services in Executive Order GA-23 (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
05/21/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott directs HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] to expand COVID-19 testing to all state hospitals, state supported living centers Greg Abbott Press release
05/21/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, DPS [Texas Department of Public Safety] announce limited reopening of driver license offices Greg Abbott Press release
05/21/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, CVS Health announce 44 new COVID-19 drive-thru test sites in Texas Greg Abbott Press release
05/21/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-24 Relating to the termination of air travel restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
05/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen direct state agencies to reduce budgets by five percent; Letter to state agency board/commission chairs, state agency heads/executive directors, appellate court justices and judges, and chancellors, presidents, and directors of institutions and agencies of higher education Greg Abbott Letter
Press release
05/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives late fees for TABC [Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission] license and permit renewals Greg Abbott Press release
05/19/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott urges local governments against increasing property taxes for Texans; Letter to Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation Greg Abbott Letter
Press release
05/18/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces phase two to open Texas Greg Abbott Press release
05/18/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-23 Relating to the expanded opening of Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
05/16/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott releases statement, provides details on increased cases in Amarillo (meat processing plants) Greg Abbott Press release
05/15/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TDEM [Texas Division of Emergency Management] announce partnership with local fire departments to expand testing in nursing homes Greg Abbott Press release
05/15/2020 86th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
05/14/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] announce $3 million for family and domestic violence prevention services Greg Abbott Press release
05/13/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TDEM [Texas Division of Emergency Management] announce extension of federally-supported community-based testing sites in Texas Greg Abbott Press release
05/13/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Texas National Guard launch disinfection mission for nursing facilities Greg Abbott Press release
05/13/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives license renewal late fees for certain occupational licenses in Texas Greg Abbott Press release
05/12/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen send letter to Congressional leaders urging support for employer liability protections; Letter to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Speaker Dennis Bonnen) Greg Abbott Letter
Press release
05/12/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] announce over $1 billion in pandemic food benefits for Texas families, Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program [P-EBT] Greg Abbott Press release
05/12/2020 86th R.S. Renewing the declaration stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
05/11/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen, Senate Finance, House Appropriations committee chairs announce federal funding for local jurisdictions; Letter to city and county leaders (with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senator Jane Nelson, Representative Giovanni Capriglione, Senator Juan Hinojosa, and Representative Oscar Longoria) Greg Abbott Letter
05/11/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott directs TDEM [Texas Division of Emergency Management], DSHS [Texas Department of State Health Services], HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] to test all nursing home residents, staff in Texas Greg Abbott Press release
05/11/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Lt. Governor Patrick, Speaker Bonnen, Senate Finance, House Appropriations committee chairs announce federal funding for local jurisdictions; Letter to city and county leaders (with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dennis Bonnen, Senator Jane Nelson, Representative Giovanni Capriglione, Senator Juan Hinojosa, and Representative Oscar Longoria) Greg Abbott Press release
05/11/2020 86th R.S. Suspending Sections 85.001(a) and 85.001(b) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to require that, for any election ordered or authorized to occur on July 14, 2020, early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Monday, June 29, 2020; amending the proclamations issued on April 2, April 6, April 8, and May 8, 2020, authorizing emergency special elections, and the proclamation issued on March 16, 2020, ordering a special election to fill the vacancy in Texas State Senate District No. 14, so as to require that for each of these elections to be held on July 14, 2020, early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Monday, June 29, 2020 (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
Legislative proclamation
05/08/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TEA [Texas Education Agency], Dallas ISD launch Operation Connectivity statewide Greg Abbott Press release
05/08/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott's proactive response to the coronavirus threat Greg Abbott Other
05/07/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott modifies COVID-19 Executive Orders to eliminate confinement as a punishment Greg Abbott Press release
05/07/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-22 Relating to confinement during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
05/05/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott expands business openings in Texas, announces surge response teams to combat COVID-19; Texas COVID-19 response update (Texas Division of Emergency Management presentation); Guidance for graduation and end-of-year promotion ceremonies during the COVID-19 (Texas Education Agency) Greg Abbott Press release
Other
05/05/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-21 Relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
04/29/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces new TWC [Texas Workforce Commission] guidance for unemployment claimants Greg Abbott Press release
04/29/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension service announce free online training for child care providers during COVID-19 response Greg Abbott Press release
04/29/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott temporarily allows for appearance before notary public via videoconference for real-estate instruments; Conditions of suspension granted by the Office of the Governor on April 27, 2020 (Office of the Attorney General) Greg Abbott Press release
Other
04/27/2020 86th R.S. Texans helping Texans: the Governor's report to open Texas Greg Abbott Report
04/27/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces phase one to open Texas, establishes statewide minimum standard health protocols Greg Abbott Press release
04/27/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-20 Relating to expanding travel without restrictions as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
04/27/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-19 Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
04/27/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-18 Relating to the expanded reopening of services as part of the safe, strategic plan to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
04/24/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TDEM [Texas Division of Emergency Management], DSHS [Texas Department of State Health Services] announce statewide COVID-19 test collection online map Greg Abbott Press release
04/24/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TDHCA [Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs] secure financial housing assistance Greg Abbott Press release
04/23/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Chancellor Sharp, Chief Kidd announce COVID-19 federal assistance training for local leaders: Hold call with mayors and county judges, Texas Legislature, Congressional delegation Greg Abbott Press release
04/23/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] announce $54 million to support older Texans during COVID-19 pandemic Greg Abbott Press release
04/22/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives certain restrictions on financial assistance from Texas College Work-Study program Greg Abbott Press release
04/22/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott temporarily waives certain testing requirements for Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Greg Abbott Press release
04/21/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton provide updated joint guidance to houses of worship; Revised guidance for houses of worship during the COVID-19 crisis (with Attorney General Ken Paxton, official guidance regarding the effect of Executive Order GA-16 on religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship) Greg Abbott Press release
04/21/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott provides update on job openings in Texas, resources for Texans seeking employment; Texas job openings (presentation) Greg Abbott Press release
04/21/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton provide updated joint guidance to houses of worship; Revised guidance for houses of worship during the COVID-19 crisis (with Attorney General Ken Paxton, official guidance regarding the effect of Executive Order GA-16 on religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship) Greg Abbott Other
04/21/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott provides update on job openings in Texas, resources for Texans seeking employment; Texas job openings (presentation) Greg Abbott Other
04/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Texas National Guard announce COVID-19 mobile testing sites Greg Abbott Press release
04/17/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott issues Executive Order establishing Strike Force To Open Texas (summary of Executive Orders GA-15, GA-16, and GA-17) Greg Abbott Press release
04/17/2020 86th R.S. Renewal of declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
04/17/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott's proactive response to the coronavirus threat (COVID-19, high-level snapshot of actions mobilizing state resources, leveraging federal resources, working with local leaders, keeping Texans informed, mitigating the spread in Texas communities, expanding access to health care, removing regulatory roadblocks, and helping families, small business, and communities to cope) Greg Abbott Other
04/17/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-17 Relating to the establishment of the Governor's Strike Force to Open Texas (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott Executive order
04/17/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-16 Relating to the safe, strategic reopening of select services as the first step to Open Texas in response to the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
04/17/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-15 Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
04/15/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Harris County Judge Hidalgo joint statement on new Walgreens testing sites Greg Abbott Press release
04/15/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces $38 million in federal COVID-19 emergency funding for local governments Greg Abbott Press release
04/13/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, Goldman Sachs, LiftFund announce $50 million in loans for Texas small businesses Greg Abbott Press release
04/12/2020 86th R.S. Renewing the declaration of March 13, 2020, stating that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in Texas Greg Abbott General proclamation
04/11/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott eases regulations on physicians-in-training to increase health care capacity in Texas Greg Abbott Press release
04/10/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott provides update on COVID-19 in Texas, announces frontline child care website for essential workers; COVID-19 in Texas (presentation) Greg Abbott Press release
Other
04/09/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] announce emergency rule to increase supply of direct care providers in nursing facilities Greg Abbott Press release
04/09/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives regulations, expands telehealth options Greg Abbott Press release
04/08/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott temporarily suspends certain statutes to allow for appearance before notary public via videoconference Greg Abbott Press release
04/08/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces emergency waiver of federal match requirement for victims services grant recipients Greg Abbott Press release
04/08/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces Texas Military Department, Prestige Ameritech partnership to increase mask production Greg Abbott Press release
04/08/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHS [Texas Health and Human Services] announce federal approval of emergency SNAP [Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program] benefits Greg Abbott Press release
04/08/2020 86th R.S. Allowing the City of Sundown to order a special election on July 14, 2020, as an emergency election (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
04/07/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives certain pharmacy regulations to increase workforce capabilities Greg Abbott Press release
04/07/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] announce emergency rule to allow off-site outpatient ESRD [End Stage Renal Disease] facilities Greg Abbott Press release
04/07/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces temporary closure of state parks and historic sites Greg Abbott Press release
04/06/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces incoming shipments of PPE [personal protective equipment], provides update on distribution in Texas; Texas personal protective equipment [PPE] update (presentation) Greg Abbott Press release
04/06/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces Care.com initiative to increase in-home child care access for frontline workers Greg Abbott Press release
04/06/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces incoming shipments of PPE [personal protective equipment], provides update on distribution in Texas; Texas personal protective equipment [PPE] update (presentation) Greg Abbott Other
04/06/2020 86th R.S. Allowing the Crowley Crime Control and Prevention District to order a special election on July 14, 2020, as an emergency election (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
04/05/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives certain regulations to expand health care workforce during COVID-19 response Greg Abbott Press release
04/04/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott holds call with Anthony Fauci, MD, of White House Coronavirus Task Force Greg Abbott Press release
04/03/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott provides update on state's robust hospital capacity; Texas hospital bed capacity (presentation) Greg Abbott Press release
Other
04/02/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott suspends regulations to increase EMS [Emergency Medical Services], first responder workforce Greg Abbott Press release
04/02/2020 86th R.S. Allowing the Fort Worth Crime Control and Prevention District to order a special election on July 14, 2020, as an emergency election (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
04/01/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, TDHCA [Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs] take initial action to secure financial housing assistance Greg Abbott Press release
04/01/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces federal stimulus package to help Texans affected by COVID-19 (Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation fund) Greg Abbott Press release
04/01/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott and Attorney General Paxton provide joint guidance for houses of worship operating as essential services; Guidance for houses of worship during the COVID-19 crisis (with Attorney General Ken Paxton, official guidance regarding the effect of Executive Order GA-14 on religious services conducted in churches, congregations, and houses of worship) Greg Abbott Other
03/31/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces comfort food care packages for Texas youth and families Greg Abbott Press release
03/31/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott issues Executive Order, implements statewide essential services and activities protocols (summary of Executive Order GA-14) Greg Abbott Press release
03/31/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-14 Relating to statewide continuity of essential services and activities during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
03/30/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces approval of 1135 Medicaid waiver (Texas Health and Human Services Commission) Greg Abbott Press release
03/30/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives COVID-19 medical cost-sharing for public safety employees Greg Abbott Press release
03/29/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces expanded health care capacities in Texas, issues Executive Orders to expand quarantines and protect public safety (summary of Executive Orders GA-12 and GA-13, proclamation) Greg Abbott Press release
03/29/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] request of Section 1135 waiver to support health care workforce in Medicaid program Greg Abbott Press release
03/29/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-13 Relating to detention in county and municipal jails during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
03/29/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-12 Relating to roadway screening and self-quarantine during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
03/29/2020 86th R.S. Adding states and cities to the list set forth in Executive Order GA-11 for a mandatory self-quarantine of 14 days effective at noon on March 30, 2020, for air travelers flying to Texas from areas experiencing substantial community spread of COVID-19 to include the states of California, Louisiana, and Washington and the cities of Atlanta, Georgia: Chicago, Illinois; Detroit, Michigan; and Miami. Florida (coronavirus) Greg Abbott General proclamation
03/28/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott removes licensing barriers for Advance Practice Registered Nurses Greg Abbott Press release
03/28/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives certain licensing regulations for pharmacists, technicians Greg Abbott Press release
03/27/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces National Guard deployment in support of COVID-19 response Greg Abbott Press release
03/27/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces new processes to preserve and extend child care capacity for front line workers (Texas Workforce Commission) Greg Abbott Press release
03/26/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott requests release of federal unemployment funds; Letter to Secretary Eugene Scalia, U.S. Department of Labor, Attention: Gay Gilbert, Administrator, Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI), March 24, 2020 Greg Abbott Letter
03/26/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott issues Executive Order mandating 14-day quarantine for travelers arriving from New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans (summary of Executive Order GA-11) Greg Abbott Press release
03/26/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott requests release of federal unemployment funds; Letter to Secretary Eugene Scalia, U.S. Department of Labor, Attention: Gay Gilbert, Administrator, Office of Unemployment Insurance (OUI), March 24, 2020 Greg Abbott Press release
03/26/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces HHSC [Texas Health and Human Services Commission] request of 1135 Medicaid waiver Greg Abbott Press release
03/26/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-11 Relating to airport screening and self-quarantine during the COVID-19 disaster (New York Tri-State Area, New Orleans, coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
03/25/2020 86th R.S. Letter to state agency leaders from Luis Saenz, Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor; Guidance from the Office of the Attorney General confirming that orders issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster do not apply to restrict the conduct of state business Greg Abbott Letter
03/25/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott sends letter seeking permission for SNAP [Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program] recipients to use their benefits at take out and drive-thru restaurants; Texas Health and Human Services Commission letter to Dwight Crudup, Regional Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, March 24, 2020 Greg Abbott Letter
03/25/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives certain licensing renewal regulations, fees for nurses (Texas Board of Nursing) Greg Abbott Press release
03/25/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott takes action to expand Texas hospital capacity (Texas Health and Human Services Commission, hospital licensing) Greg Abbott Press release
03/25/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces approval of major disaster declaration Greg Abbott Press release
03/25/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces federal grant for senior citizen meals ($16.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Community Living) Greg Abbott Press release
03/25/2020 86th R.S. Letter to state agency leaders from Luis Saenz, Chief of Staff, Office of the Governor; Guidance from the Office of the Attorney General confirming that orders issued by local officials in response to the COVID-19 disaster do not apply to restrict the conduct of state business Greg Abbott Other
03/24/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott authorizes restaurants to sell bulk retail product from distributors to the public Greg Abbott Press release
03/24/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces increased PPE [personal protective equipment] supply, issues Executive Order to strengthen reporting capabilities (summary of Executive Order GA-10, hospital reporting during coronavirus/COVID-19 disaster) Greg Abbott Press release
03/24/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-10 Relating to daily reporting during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus, hospital reporting) Greg Abbott Executive order
03/23/2020 86th R.S. Letter to President Donald Trump, through Regional Administrator Tony Robinson, FEMA Region 6, Denton, Texas, RE: Request for Presidential disaster declaration - major disaster Greg Abbott Letter
03/23/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces distribution of federal funding for COVID-19 response ($36.9 million from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC) Greg Abbott Press release
03/22/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott issues Executive Order increasing hospital capacity, announces supply chain strike force for COVID-19 response (summary of Executive Order GA-09) Greg Abbott Press release
03/22/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-09 Relating to hospital capacity during the COVID-19 disaster (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
03/21/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott takes action to expand nursing workforce Greg Abbott Press release
03/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces approval of emergency designation for small business disaster loans from U.S. Small Business Administration; Letter to Tanya Garfield, U.S. Small Business Administration, March 17, 2020 Greg Abbott Letter
03/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives regulations to support pharmacy operations, allow telephonic consultations Greg Abbott Press release
03/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott allows event permit refunds for businesses affected by COVID-19 cancellations (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Code) Greg Abbott Press release
03/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces approval of emergency designation for small business disaster loans from U.S. Small Business Administration; Letter to Tanya Garfield, U.S. Small Business Administration, March 17, 2020 Greg Abbott Press release
03/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott issues statement on Texas Supreme Court temporary suspension of residential eviction proceedings Greg Abbott Press release
03/20/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives health care fees for incarcerated Texans in TDCJ [Texas Department of Criminal Justice] facilities Greg Abbott Press release
03/20/2020 86th R.S. Suspending Section 41.007(b) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to postpone the runoff primary election date until Tuesday, July 14, 2020; suspending Section 41.007(d) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to allow for the runoff primary election to be held on the same date as the special election for Texas State Senate District No. 14, which has already been ordered for Tuesday, July 14, 2020; suspending Section 41.008 of the Texas Election Code to the extent it would preclude holding the runoff primary election on July 14, 2020 (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
Legislative proclamation
03/19/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott issues Executive Orders in accordance with federal guidelines to mitigate spread of COVID-19 in Texas (summary of Executive Order GA-08 and declaration of public health disaster) Greg Abbott Press release
03/19/2020 86th R.S. Declaration of a public health disaster in the state of Texas, Commissioner John W. Hellerstedt, M.D., Department of State Health Services Greg Abbott Other
03/19/2020 86th R.S. Executive Order GA-08 Relating to COVID-19 preparedness and mitigation (coronavirus) Greg Abbott Executive order
03/18/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott announces temporary closure of driver license offices (Texas Department of Public Safety) Greg Abbott Press release
03/18/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives certain regulations to allow delivery of alcohol from restaurants and to support hospitality industry (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission) Greg Abbott Press release
03/18/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, DPS [Texas Department of Public Safety] waive expiration dates for driver licenses Greg Abbott Press release
03/18/2020 86th R.S. Suspending Sections 41.0052(a) and (b) of the Texas Election Code and Section 49.103 of the Texas Water Code to the extent necessary to allow political subdivisions that would otherwise hold elections on May 2, 2020, to move their general and special elections for 2020 only to the next uniform election date, occurring on November 3, 2020, without otherwise adjusting the term of office; further suspending Sections 31.093 and 42.0621(c) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to require all county election officers, if requested by an affected political subdivision, to enter into a contract to furnish election services with any political subdivision who postponed their election to November 3, 2020, under the authority of this proclamation (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott General proclamation
03/17/2020 86th R.S. TWC [Texas Workforce Commission] waives certain requirements for unemployment benefits services Greg Abbott Press release
03/17/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott holds video call with state hospitals to discuss care capacities for COVID-19 (waiver for hospitals to increase unused bed capacity) Greg Abbott Press release
03/17/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives certain regulations for telemedicine care in Texas (Texas Department of Insurance) Greg Abbott Press release
03/16/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott allows virtual and telephonic open meetings to maintain government transparency (Office of the Attorney General) Greg Abbott Press release
03/16/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives STAAR testing requirements (Texas Education Agency) Greg Abbott Press release
03/16/2020 86th R.S. Suspending Section 203.004 of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to avoid holding a special election for a vacancy in the legislature on or before May 2, 2020, and ordering the special election to be held in Texas State Senate District No. 14 on Tuesday, July 14, 2020, for the purpose of electing a state senator to serve out the unexpired term of the Honorable Kirk Watson (coronavirus/COVID-19) Greg Abbott Legislative proclamation
03/15/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives regulations to ensure students in work-study programs receive critical funding during school closures Greg Abbott Press release
03/15/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott waives laws to allow trucks from alcohol industry to deliver grocery supplies (Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission) Greg Abbott Press release
03/14/2020 86th R.S. Important alert regarding Tex. Gov’t. Code §661.202(g), COVID-19 (state employee sick leave, coronavirus) Greg Abbott Other
03/13/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott holds press conference on coronavirus, declares state of disaster for all Texas counties Greg Abbott Press release
03/13/2020 86th R.S. Certifying that COVID-19 poses an imminent threat of disaster in the state and declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas (coronavirus) Greg Abbott General proclamation
03/11/2020 86th R.S. Governor Abbott, DSHS Commissioner Hellerstedt urge Texans to take preventative measures against coronavirus (COVID-19) Greg Abbott Press release