Texas: Governor Abbott Renews Drought Disaster Declaration In April 2024

~ Governor Greg Abbott of Texas has declared a state of disaster in 41 counties due to ongoing drought conditions. The proclamation, issued on July 8, 2022 and subsequently amended and renewed, cites exceptional drought conditions as a threat of imminent disaster.

The Texas Division of Emergency Management has confirmed that these drought conditions persist in the affected counties, with the exception of Guadalupe and Uvalde Counties. In accordance with Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Abbott has amended and renewed the proclamation to declare a disaster in Bandera, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Burnet, Calhoun, Cameron, Colorado, Comal, Comanche, Concho, Coryell, Culberson, Eastland, El Paso, Erath, Gillespie, Hays, Hidalgo Hudspeth Irion Jeff Davis Karnes Kendall Kerr Lampasas Llano Matagorda Maverick McLennan Medina Presidio Tom Green Travis Wharton Willacy Williamson and Wilson Counties.

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Under Section 418.017 of the Texas Government Code, Governor Abbott has authorized the use of all available resources from state government and political subdivisions to cope with this disaster. Additionally, pursuant to Section 418.016 of the Texas Government Code, any regulatory statutes or orders that may hinder necessary action in response to this disaster will be suspended upon written approval from the Office of the Governor.

Governor Abbott also authorizes the suspension of any state statutes or administrative rules regarding contracting or procurement if they impede emergency response efforts by state agencies in protecting life or property threatened by this declared disaster.

As required by law, copies of this proclamation will be filed with applicable authorities. The proclamation was signed on April 16th at Governor Abbott's office in Austin and attested by Secretary of State Jane Nelson.

The full text of Governor Abbott's proclamation can be viewed on his official website.

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