THE GOVERNOR

Appointments

Appointments for September 20, 2017

Appointed to the Public Utility Commission, for a term to expire September 1, 2021, DeAnn T. Walker of Austin (replacing Donna L. Nelson of Austin who resigned). Ms. Walker will also serve as Presiding Officer.

Appointments for September 21, 2017

Appointed as Commissioner of Insurance for a term to expire February 1, 2019, Kent C. Sullivan of Austin (replacing David C. Mattax of Austin who is deceased).

Greg Abbott, Governor

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Proclamation 41-3561

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, Hurricane Irma made landfall on September 10, 2017, in the state of Florida and subsequently moved through much of the southeastern United States, causing catastrophic damage; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States and the governors of the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia have issued emergency or disaster declarations as a result of Hurricane Irma; and

WHEREAS, strict compliance with various motor carrier registration requirements would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in assisting those states affected by Hurricane Irma;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, do hereby suspend the following requirements for commercial vehicles traveling in or through the state of Texas to provide disaster assistance to those states directly affected by Hurricane Irma:

International Registration Plan (IRP) vehicle registration requirements under Section 502.091 of the Texas Transportation Code and Title 43, Section 217.56 of the Texas Administrative Code to the extent the vehicle is not already registered under IRP, as long as the vehicle is registered in one of the 48 contiguous states of the United States; and

72-/144-hour temporary registration permit requirements under Section 502.094 of the Texas Transportation Code and Title 43, Section 217.40(b)(3) of the Texas Administrative Code, as long as the vehicle is registered in one of the states of the United States.

This suspension is in effect until October 18, 2017, or until terminated by the Office of the Governor.

The executive director of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles or her designee is directed to impose all necessary and proper conditions and restrictions regarding this suspension and shall notify the Texas Department of Public Safety and the motor carrier industry of this suspension.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 19th day of September, 2017.

Greg Abbott, Governor

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Proclamation 41-3562

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster for Aransas, Austin, Bee, Brazoria, Calhoun, Chambers, Colorado, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Harris, Jackson, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kleberg, Lavaca, Liberty, Live Oak, Matagorda, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Victoria, Waller, Wharton and Wilson counties; and

WHEREAS, the disaster proclamation of August 23, 2017, was subsequently amended on August 26, August 27, August 28, and September 14 to add the following counties to the disaster proclamation: Angelina, Atascosa, Bastrop, Burleson, Bexar, Brazos, Caldwell, Cameron, Comal, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Jasper, Kerr, Lee, Leon, Madison, Milam, Montgomery, Newton, Orange, Polk, Sabine, San Augustine, San Jacinto, Trinity, Tyler, Walker, Washington and Willacy; and

WHEREAS, due to the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey, a state of disaster continues to exist in those same counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby renew the disaster proclamation for the 60 counties listed above.

Pursuant to Section 418.017 of the code, I authorize the use of all available resources of state government and of political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster.

Pursuant to Section 418.016 of the code, any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or any order or rule of a state agency that would in any way prevent, hinder or delay necessary action in coping with this disaster shall be suspended upon written approval of the Office of the Governor. However, to the extent that the enforcement of any state statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement would impede any state agency’s emergency response that is necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster, I hereby authorize the suspension of such statutes and rules for the duration of this declared disaster.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 20th day of September, 2017

Greg Abbott, Governor

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Proclamation 41-3563

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, did issue a proclamation on August 25, 2017, suspending all laws authorizing or requiring the collection of state or local hotel or motel occupancy taxes from the victims of Hurricane Harvey or personnel participating in relief operations, for a period of 14 days, beginning August 23, 2017, and ending September 6, 2017; and

WHEREAS, the aforementioned proclamation was amended on September 6, 2017, to extend its termination date to September 22, 2017; and

WHEREAS, the effects of Hurricane Harvey are expected to continue causing a temporary housing emergency in the state beyond September 22, 2017;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.020(c) of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby amend the aforementioned proclamation and suspend all laws authorizing or requiring the collection of state or local hotel or motel occupancy taxes from the victims of Hurricane Harvey or personnel participating in relief operations, beginning on September 23, 2017, and ending October 23, 2017.

In accordance with the statutory requirements, copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto signed my name and have officially caused the Seal of State to be affixed at my office in the City of Austin, Texas, this the 21st day of September, 2017.

Greg Abbott, Governor

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