On May 25, Gov. Perry vetoed SB 346, sending an ill-conceived, discriminatory, and redundant bill (given the already-broad “political committee” definition) to its rightful place. Here is his veto statement in full:
“Freedom of association and freedom of speech are two of our most important rights enshrined in the Constitution. My fear is that SB 346 would have a chilling effect on both of those rights in our democratic political process. While regulation is necessary in the administration of Texas political finance laws, no regulation is tolerable that puts anyone’s participation at risk or that can be used by any government, organization or individual to intimidate those who choose to participate in our process through financial means.”
“At a time when our federal government is assaulting the rights of Americans by using the tools of government to squelch dissent it is unconscionable to expose more Texans to the risk of such harassment, regardless of political, organizational or party affiliation. I therefore veto SB 346.”
As previously reported, the “backup” language tacked on to SB 219 did not survive the conference committee. Good news all around.