They signed onto Sen. Bettencourt’s SB 1817 banning Texas state investments with Russian Federation
Texas Insider Report: AUSTIN, Texas – Senator Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) with 29 Texas Senators joining him, filed SB 1817 to require all state investing entities – including the Employees Retirement System of Texas, the Teacher Retirement System of Texas, the Comptroller’s Office and their investment of state funds, as well as any other state entity subject to Chapter 2256 – to divest from any investments in the Russian Federation.
“SB 1817, signed by 30 Texas Senators makes it clear where Texas stands when it comes to Totalitarian Regimes like Russia that wage war on Democracies without reason or provocation.” said Senator Bettencourt.
SB 1817 will also prohibit any future state investment with the Russian Federation, and allow a 90-day window for current investments to be unwound in a manner that will minimize any investment losses to state investment funds.
Comptroller Hegar applauded the work of the Texas Senate saying:
“I applaud my former colleagues in the Senate for remaining focused on this issue. As the world’s 9th largest economy and the nation’s top state for international trade, Texas plays a crucial role in maintaining global geopolitical and economic stability.
"I look forward to working with Senator Bettencourt and this bipartisan coalition of members to ensure Texas’ investments remain consistent with Texas values and don’t support authoritarian regimes or the violent dictatorships.” said Comptroller Glenn Hegar (right.)
On February 24, 2022, Russian forces launched a country-wide assault on Ukraine. In response, Senator Bettencourt organized and delivered a letter March 2nd, 2022, signed by the entire Texas Senate, to Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick requesting an interim charge to protect state assets.
This letter helped lead to the Comptroller’s Office requesting the Texas Treasury Safekeeping Trust Company to review Russia Federation investments.
SB 1817 codifies into law what the Comptroller’s Office has done since receiving the Texas Senate’s letter.
- The Senate Unanimously Joined Senator Paul Bettencourt on Texas Disinvestment of Russian Investments Interim Charge Sent to Lieutenant Governor Patrick
- Letter to Lieutenant Governor Patrick- Interim charge to protect state assets due to Russian invasion
“Comptroller Hegar has literally done 99% of the divestment & should be lauded for it. However, we must take the final step to protect Texas Taxpayer Assets from this violent dictatorship that went to war on a Democracy and could change their investment rules at the snap of a finger,” said Sen. Bettencourt (left.)
The following 29 Senators have signed on to SB 1817 as Joint Authors, with Sen. Bettencourt as the Principal Author:
- Whitmire and