ATTENTION DISABILITY ADVOCATES
The Texas Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act has passed and been signed by the Governor. Following the passage of the ABLE Act at the federal level in December 2014, the Texas ABLE Act made its way through the state legislature and became law on June 19, 2015. Congratulations and thanks to the many advocates who worked to pass the state ABLE Act allowing Texas to establish an ABLE program!
Here is a link to the Texas ABLE Act (SB 1664):
These legislators sponsored SB 1664:
- Senators: Perry (author), Garcia, Rodríguez, Schwertner and Watson
- Representative: Burkett
The following legislators sponsored House versions of the ABLE Act (HB 2542, HB 3703 and HB 3766):
- Representatives: Larry Gonzales, Lucio III, Murr, Naishtat, Peña, Simmons, Sylvester Turner, Zerwas
Here is a sample script to use when contacting all of the legislators listed above:
I am calling to thank [LEGISLATOR NAME] for sponsoring the ABLE Act in Texas. Several ABLE bills were introduced, and SB 1664 passed and was signed by the Governor on June 19. This new law will help families like mine save for expenses of their children with disabilities, and will enable adults with disabilities to live more independently. We look forward to opening an ABLE account once the program has been established. Thanks to [LEGISLATOR NAME] for his/her leadership and support!
Although the ABLE Act has passed in Texas, ABLE accounts will not be available for some time because the program needs to be developed and implemented according to the new law. NDSS will send an announcement when it is possible to open an ABLE account in Texas.
For more information about the implementation of ABLE in the states, please visit the NDSS state ABLE webpage:
Thanks again to all those who advocated for ABLE at the federal and state level!