THE GOVERNOR

Executive Order GA 02

Relating to the suspension of the seven-day waiting period for certain state unemployment insurance claimants who have become unemployed as a direct result of the disaster created by Hurricane Harvey.

WHEREAS, a disaster proclamation was issued on Wednesday, August 23, 2017, certifying that Tropical Depression Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster in certain counties in Texas; and

WHEREAS, Tropical Depression Harvey was upgraded to a hurricane that struck the Texas coast on Friday, August 25, 2017, causing a natural catastrophe that destroyed crucial infrastructure, threatened physical harm, and endangered the public welfare; and

WHEREAS, the disaster caused by Hurricane Harvey has resulted in loss of life and widespread human suffering, loss of income, and property loss and damage including the interruption in the operation and delivery of essential services and supplies; and

WHEREAS, many places of employment have sustained extensive damage or been completely destroyed or are physically inaccessible creating a lack of work and loss of salaries and revenues; and

WHEREAS, workers and employees totally or partially unemployed by the disaster have found the current seven-day waiting period for certain state unemployment insurance claims a hardship to receiving benefits; and

WHEREAS, the President of the United States issued a major disaster declaration (FEMA 4332-DR) on August 25, 2017, under the authority of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 5121 et seq.;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, by virtue of the power and authority vested in me by Section 207.0212 of the Texas Labor Code, do hereby order the suspension of the seven-day waiting period requirement imposed under Section 207.021(a)(8) of the Texas Labor Code to authorize an individual to receive benefits for that waiting period if the individual is:

1. Unemployed as a direct result of a natural disaster that resulted in the major disaster declaration issued by the President of the United States (FEMA 4332-DR) under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, 42 U.S.C. Section 5121 et seq.; and

2. Otherwise eligible for unemployment compensation benefits under the Texas Unemployment Compensation Act; and

3. Not receiving disaster unemployment assistance benefits for the period included in that waiting period.

This executive order supersedes all previous orders in conflict or inconsistent with its terms and shall remain in effect and in full force until modified, amended, rescinded, or superseded by me or by a succeeding governor.

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 7th day of September, 2017.

Greg Abbott, Governor

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Proclamation 41-3559

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, did issue a series of proclamations declaring a state of disaster in multiple counties in South and Southeast Texas as a result of the catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Harvey; and

WHEREAS, voters and taxpayers in the area impacted by the storm may still be unable to participate in and provide input on important matters of local government business; and

WHEREAS, political subdivisions in parts of the disaster area may face logistical and practical difficulties holding open meetings and deliberating on matters of public concern as they focus on assisting Texans coping with the immediate aftermath of the storm; and

WHEREAS, Section 26.05 of the Texas Tax Code requires the governing body of each local taxing unit to adopt an ad valorem tax rate before the later of September 30 or the 60th day after the date the certified appraisal roll is received, and a budget must be adopted before the tax may be levied; and

WHEREAS, certain political subdivisions that remain focused on disaster response are unable to meet the September 30, 2017, deadline in a way that provides the public a sufficient opportunity to participate in the decision; and

WHEREAS, Section 418.016(e) of the Texas Government Code authorizes the Governor, on the request of a political subdivision, to "waive or suspend a deadline imposed by a statute . . . including a deadline relating to a budget or ad valorem tax, if the waiver or suspension is reasonably necessary to cope with a disaster;" and

WHEREAS, the City of Corpus Christi has requested an extension of the September 30, 2017, statutory deadline to adopt its ad valorem tax rate and budget;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.016(e) of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby grant the City of Corpus Christi’s request to suspend the deadline prescribed by Texas law for the City of Corpus Christi to adopt its ad valorem tax rate and budget until October 27, 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 14th day of September, 2017.

Greg Abbott, Governor

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Proclamation 41-3560

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on August 23, 2017, certifying that Hurricane Harvey posed a threat of imminent disaster, including severe flooding, storm surge and damaging winds, for Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Austin, Bastrop, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brazos, Burleson, Caldwell, Calhoun, Cameron, Chambers, Colorado, Comal, DeWitt, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hardin, Harris, Jackson, Jasper, Jefferson, Jim Wells, Karnes, Kerr, Kleberg, Lavaca, Lee, Leon, Liberty, Live Oak, Madison, Matagorda, Montgomery, Newton, Nueces, Orange, Polk, Refugio, Sabine, San Jacinto, San Patricio, Trinity, Tyler, Victoria, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Willacy and Wilson counties. Those same conditions continue to exist in these and other counties in Texas.

THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby amend the aforementioned proclamation and declare a disaster in Milam and San Augustine counties in Texas.

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 14th day of September, 2017.

Greg Abbott, Governor

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