LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Governor Rick Perry is allowing House Bill 770 to become law without his signature, essentially meaning the amendment added by Rep. Wayne Christian will be left up to the courts, according to Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson.
Patterson said the move will allow the good provisions of the bill to become law, yet the Christian amendment calling for homes destroyed by Hurricane Ike to be rebuilt will remain unconstitutional.
"It will be the policy of the Texas General Land Office that notwithstanding the Christian amendment, no structure will be rebuilt if it will interfere with the public right to access Texas beaches," Patterson said in a press statement.
Statement Released from Rep. Wayne Christian
June 19, 2009
I am pleased Governor Perry has agreed with those of us in the Texas Legislature to expedite the post-Ike recovery of Texas families and respect their private property rights. He and his staff have researched and recognized the accusations made surrounding this issue were misleading, unfounded and not in violation of either the Texas or US Constitutions. Governor Perry has joined us by recognizing HB 770 is a responsible policy in addressing post Ike recovery in Texas, while assuring no structure will be rebuilt if it will interfere with the public's right to access Texas beaches.
It is the duty of state officials to honor their oath of office by upholding the laws of our state and nation. For me or any official to breach that oath would be a violation of the trust given by the citizens of Texas and an impeachable offense.
I commend Governor Perry for working with our legislative members from across Texas to preserve our rights. I am honored to join with those in the Texas Legislature to demonstrate our commitment to preserve private property rights from government officials who do not share these Texas values.