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Perry Signs 'Merry Christmas' Bill

Liang Shi, KUT News

Gov. Rick Perry ceremonially signed a bill today making clear that it’s okay to say things like “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Hanukkah” at public schools.

The law also says religious symbols may be displayed, as long as more than one religion is represented.

“It’s a shame that a bill like this one I’m signing today is even required, but I’m proud that we’re standing up for religious freedom in this state,” Perry said. “Religious freedom does not mean freedom from religion.” 

Answering reporters’ questions, he did not rule out vetoing funding for the Public Integrity Unit of the Travis County District Attorney’s office, which investigates allegations of corruption in state government.

It’s been reported that the Governor may veto the funding if District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg does not resign.

Perry also said he would not add any more items to this special session of the Legislature, but he can always call another one.

Trey Shaar is an All Things Considered producer, reporter and host. Got a tip? Email him at tshaar@kut.org. Follow him on Twitter @treyshaar.
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