Texas: Governor Abbott Renews Drought Disaster Declaration In September 2023

~ On the 21st of September, 2023, Governor Greg Abbott of the State of Texas issued a proclamation amending and renewing a disaster proclamation that was initially issued on July 8, 2022. This proclamation declared a disaster in Anderson, Andrews, Angelina, Aransas, Archer, Atascosa, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar and other counties in Texas due to exceptional drought conditions that continue to exist.

In accordance with Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code and Section 418.017 of the same code respectively, Governor Abbott authorized the use of all available resources of state government and political subdivisions that are reasonably necessary to cope with this disaster as well as suspending any regulatory statute or administrative rule regarding contracting or procurement that would impede any state agency's emergency response necessary to protect life or property threatened by this declared disaster for the duration of this declared disaster.

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The Governor also stated that copies of this proclamation shall be filed with the applicable authorities in accordance with statutory requirements. The Secretary of State Jane Nelson attested to this proclamation.

This is not the first time Governor Abbott has issued a disaster proclamation due to drought conditions in Texas. In July 2022 he issued an initial proclamation which was subsequently amended and renewed in a number of subsequent proclamations due to continuing drought conditions in several counties across the state.

Governor Abbott's latest proclamation is yet another reminder that Texans must remain vigilant when it comes to protecting their lives and property from natural disasters such as droughts.

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