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Back in June, Texas Governor Greg Abbott vetoed Senate Bill 474 also known as the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act during the regular Texas legislative session. On Monday, another Safe Outdoor Dogs Act passed through the Texas Senate during a third special session.

Senate Bill 5 will now move on to the Texas House of Representatives for approval.
According to KXAN-TV:

The bill would require owners to provide adequate shelter, among other things, when leaving a dog outside and unattended on a restraint or tether. That tether or rope has to be an appropriate length as well.

To be honest with you, I do not like to get too political when it comes to bills and laws in the state of Texas. Just going off this story, the next step is to move the bill to the Texas House. If they pass it, then the governor will have the option to veto it again. Will he do that?

And if we go by his track record, it seems probable that he could veto this bill. Four months ago, he thought the previous bill led to micromanagement.

Governor Abbott called the bill "micro-managing".

“Texas is no place for this kind of micro-managing and over-criminalization,” he said in the veto statement.

I think this is a good bill and would support protecting dogs, but is this process a waste of time and money for our Texas government if the governor is going to veto the bill anyway? But then again, when does the government care about wasting time and money?

We'd like to know your thoughts and opinions on this story. Do you think the governor will veto this version of the Safe Outdoor Dogs Act? Tell us what you think on Facebook or on our station app.

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