Friday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced an expanded proclamation that will suspend the collection of hotel and motel taxes during Hurricane Harvey. The suspension will be through September 6, 2017.

Partial text of the governor's proclamation is shown below:

"THEREFORE, in accordance with the Disaster Proclamation and with the authority vested in me by Section 418.020(c) of the Texas Government Code, I do hereby suspend all laws authorizing or requiring the collection of state or local hotel or motel occupancy taxes from the victims of Hurricane Harvey or personnel participating in relief operations, for a period of 14 days, beginning August 23, 2017, and ending September 6, 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 25th day of August, 2017.

GREG ABBOTT
Governor"