SIGNIFICANT SPECIAL SESSION COMMITTEE ACTIONS

1S.B. 1 (Ogden), Relating to certain state fiscal matters. Reported from the House Committee on Appropriations. This is the state fiscal matters bill that must be passed to balance the state's budget. Among many other things, and of particular interest to cities, the bill as reported would: (1) provide that a utility deposit is presumed abandoned on the latest of: (a) the first anniversary of the date a refund check for the utility deposit was payable to the owner of the deposit; (b)  the first anniversary of the date the utility last received documented communication from the owner of the utility deposit; or (c) the first anniversary of the date the utility issued a refund check for the deposit payable to the owner of the deposit if, according to the knowledge and records of the utility or payor of the check, during that period, a claim to the check has not been asserted or an act of ownership by the payee has not been exercised; (2) repeal the requirement that the comptroller provide hard copies of certain property tax manuals to local governments; (3) require the comptroller to prepare and electronically publish a biennial report that includes the tax rates of each city; (4) repeal requirements that municipal development corporations provide certain reports to the comptroller; (5) allow the attorney general to charge a reasonable fee for the electronic filing of a document; (6) provide that a retailer is engaged in business in this state if the retailer: (a) holds a substantial ownership interest in, or is owned in whole or in substantial part by, a person who maintains a location in this state from which business is conducted if the retailer sells a substantially similar product as the related retailer and does so under a substantially similar name and the facilities or employees of the related retailer are used to advertise, promote, facilitate, or perform any other activity on behalf of the retailer; or (b) holds a substantial ownership interest in, or is owned in whole or in substantial part by, a person that maintains a distribution center, warehouse, or similar location in the state that delivers property sold by the retailer; and (7) allow the Texas Enterprise Fund to be used for homeless housing and services programs.

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