THE GOVERNOR

Appointments

Appointments for July 23, 2020

Appointed as Judge of the 426th Judicial District, Bell County, for a term until December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified, Steven J. "Steve" Duskie of Killeen, Texas (replacing Judge Fancy H. Jezek of Temple, who resigned).

Appointed Judge of the 457th Judicial District Court pursuant to SB 891, 86th Legislature, Regular Session, for a term until December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified, Vincenzo J. "Vince" Santini of Conroe, Texas.

Appointed as Justice of the First Court of Appeals, Place 5, for a term until December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified, Noel T. "Terry" Adams, Jr. of Houston, Texas (replacing Justice Laura Carter Higley of Houston, who resigned).

Appointments for July 24, 2020

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Sarah E. Abrahams of Austin, Texas (Ms. Abrahams is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Catherine K. Carlton of Arlington, Texas (replacing Diane Kazlow of Plano, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Cynthia A. "Cal" Lopez of Austin, Texas (replacing Barbara W. James of Austin, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Patricia K. Reedy of Texarkana, Texas (replacing John M. Cissik of McKinney, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Patricia "Pattie" Rosenlund of Mission, Texas (replacing Laura L. Kender of Arlington, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Lizzeth Saldana of San Antonio, Texas (replacing Katherine Lee of Gatesville, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Jeremy Triplett of Austin, Texas (replacing Manda Lee-Waldrep Hall, M.D. of Austin, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Ryan D. Van Ramshorst, M.D. of San Antonio, Texas (replacing Jenny F. Hinson of Cedar Park, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Terrie F. Breeden of Wimberley, Texas (Ms. Breeden is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Melissa G. Griffiths of Trophy Club, Texas (replacing Holly Anne Sanchez of McKinney, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Stephanie Klick of Fort Worth, Texas (replacing Representative John Davis of Houston, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Guillermo Lopez of Austin, Texas (replacing Pamela M. Perez of El Paso, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Christina R. Sherrod, M.D. of Southlake, Texas (replacing Richard C. Adams, M.D. of Plano, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Stephanie Shine, Ph.D. of Lubbock, Texas (replacing Alferma Giles, Ph.D. of Richmond, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Laura J. Warren of Blanco, Texas (Ms. Warren is being reappointed).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2023, Elizabeth "Betsy" Barry Zulfer of Round Rock, Texas (replacing Karen Leigh Meyer of San Antonio, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2025, Rachel C. Bowden of Austin, Texas (replacing Katrina M. Daniel of Austin, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2025, Hannah H. English of Houston, Texas (replacing Harvey G. Salinas of Corpus Christi, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2025, Cynthia D. "Cindy" Lee of Wylie, Texas (replacing Lynn Davis Sullivan of Fort Worth, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2025, Kristina B. Otterstrom of The Woodlands, Texas (replacing Rumisha J. Rice of Houston, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2025, Chasey Reed-Boston, Ed.D. of Texas City, Texas (replacing Patricia "Pattie" Rosenlund of Mission, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2025, Diana A. Ruiz, D.N.P. of Odessa, Texas (replacing Emily Ocker Dean, Ph.D. of Abilene, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Early Childhood Intervention Advisory Committee, for a term to expire February 1, 2025, Allison P. Wilson of Austin, Texas (appointed pursuant to Human Resources Code Sec.73.004).

Appointments for July 27, 2020

Appointed as Judge of the 96th Judicial District, Tarrant County, for a term until December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified, Joseph P. "Pat" Gallagher of Fort Worth, Texas (replacing Judge Reuben "R.H." Wallace, Jr. of Keller, who resigned).

Appointed as presiding officer of the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority, for a term to expire February 1, 2022, Michael J. "Mike" Lynd, Jr., of San Antonio, Texas (Mr. Lynd is being reappointed).

Appointed as Judge of the 95th Judicial District, Dallas County, for a term until December 31, 2020, or until his successor shall be duly elected and qualified, Michael G. "Mike" Lee of Dallas, Texas (replacing Justice David W. Evans of Cedar Hill, who was appointed to the Fifth Court of Appeals).

Appointments for July 28, 2020

Appointed as the Executive Commissioner of Health and Human Services, for a term to expire February 1, 2021, Cecile Erwin Young of Austin, Texas (replacing Courtney N. Phillips, Ph.D. of Austin, who resigned).

Appointed to the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities, for a term to expire February 1, 2022, Jose J. "Joseph" Muniz of Harlingen, Texas (replacing Amy L. Scott of Austin, who resigned).

Appointed to the Chronic Kidney Disease Task Force pursuant to HB 1225, 86th Legislature, Regular Session, for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor, Lisa B. Glenn, M.D. of Austin, Texas.

Greg Abbott, Governor

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Appointments

Appointments for July 29, 2020

Appointed as presiding officer of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority, for a term to expire February 1, 2022, Frank Parker, Jr. of Brownsville, Texas (Mr. Parker is being reappointed).

Appointed as Interstate Compact Administrator for Adult Offender Supervision, for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor, Rene J. Hinojosa of Conroe, Texas (replacing Pamela E. "Pam" Thielke of Pflugerville, who resigned).

Appointed to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System Board of Trustees, for a term to expire September 1, 2025, Nathan Douglas of Seabrook, Texas (replacing Francisco R. "Frank" Torres of Raymondville, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System Board of Trustees, for a term to expire September 1, 2025, Matthew R. "Matt" Glaves of Alvin, Texas (replacing Danny L. "Dan" Key of Friendswood, whose term expired).

Appointed to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System Board of Trustees, for a term to expire September 1, 2025, Jerry Romero of El Paso, Texas (replacing Andrew "Taylor" Allen of Dallas, whose term expired).

Greg Abbott, Governor

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Proclamation 41-3752

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas; and

WHEREAS, in each subsequent month effective through today, I have renewed the disaster declaration for all Texas counties; and

WHEREAS, the Commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services, Dr. John Hellerstedt, has determined that COVID-19 continues to represent a public health disaster within the meaning of Chapter 81 of the Texas Health and Safety Code; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to legislative authorization under Chapter 418 of the Texas Government Code, I have issued executive orders, proclamations, and suspensions of Texas laws in response to the COVID-19 disaster, aimed at using the least restrictive means available to protect the health and safety of Texans and ensure an effective response to this disaster; and

WHEREAS, Section 41.001(a) of the Texas Election Code provides that a general or special election in this state shall be held on a uniform election date, and the next uniform election date is occurring on November 3, 2020; and

WHEREAS, I issued a proclamation on March 18, 2020, suspending Sections 41.0052(a) and (b) of the Texas Election Code and Section 49.103 of the Texas Water Code to the extent necessary to allow political subdivisions that would otherwise have held elections on May 2, 2020, to move their general and special elections for 2020 only to the November 3, 2020, uniform election date; and

WHEREAS, Texas law provides that eligible voters have a right to cast a vote in person; and

WHEREAS, as counties across Texas prepare for the upcoming elections on November 3, 2020, and establish procedures for eligible voters to exercise their right to vote in person, it is necessary that election officials implement health protocols to conduct elections safely and to protect election workers and voters; and

WHEREAS, in order to ensure that elections proceed efficiently and safely when Texans go to the polls to cast a vote in person during early voting or on election day for the November 3, 2020, elections, it is necessary to increase the number of days in which polling locations will be open during the early voting period, such that election officials can implement appropriate social distancing and safe hygiene practices; and

WHEREAS, Section 85.001(a) of the Texas Election Code provides that the period for early voting by personal appearance begins 17 days before election day; and

WHEREAS, Section 86.006(a-1) of the Texas Election Code provides that a voter may deliver a marked mail ballot in person to the early voting clerk's office while the polls are open on election day; and

WHEREAS, in consultation with the Texas Secretary of State, it has become apparent that for the November 3, 2020, elections, strict compliance with the statutory requirements in Sections 85.001(a) and 86.006(a-1) of the Texas Election Code would prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with the COVID-19 disaster, and that providing additional time for early voting will provide Texans greater safety while voting in person; and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, the legislature has expressly authorized the Governor to suspend the provisions of any regulatory statute prescribing the procedures for conduct of state business or the orders or rules of a state agency if strict compliance with the provisions, orders, or rules would in any way prevent, hinder, or delay necessary action in coping with a disaster;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of Texas, under the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Texas, do hereby suspend Section 85.001(a) of the Texas Election Code to the extent necessary to require that, for any election ordered or authorized to occur on November 3, 2020, early voting by personal appearance shall begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2020, and shall continue through the fourth day before election day. I further suspend Section 86.006(a-1) of the Texas Election Code, for any election ordered or authorized to occur on November 3, 2020, to the extent necessary to allow a voter to deliver a marked mail ballot in person to the early voting clerk's office prior to and including on election day.

The Secretary of State shall take notice of this proclamation and shall transmit a copy of this order immediately to every County Judge of this state and all appropriate writs will be issued and all proper proceedings will be followed to the end that said elections may be held and their results proclaimed in accordance with law.

IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereto 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 27th day of July, 2020.

Greg Abbott, Governor

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Proclamation 41-3753

TO ALL TO WHOM THESE PRESENTS SHALL COME:

WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that the severe weather from Hurricane Hanna, which began on July 25, 2020, poses a threat of imminent disaster, including property damage and loss of life, due to widespread flooding, storm surge, and hurricane force winds, in Aransas, Bee, Bexar, Brazoria, Brooks, Calhoun, Cameron, Dimmit, Duval, Fort Bend, Galveston, Goliad, Harris, Hidalgo, Jackson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Kenedy, Kleberg, La Salle, Live Oak, Matagorda, McMullen, Nueces, Refugio, San Patricio, Starr, Victoria, Webb, Wharton, Willacy, and Zapata counties;

NOW, THEREFORE, in accordance with the authority vested in me by Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby declare a state of disaster in the previously listed counties;

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 25th day of July, 2020.

Greg Abbott, Governor

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