Significant Committee Actions

H.B. 278 (Craddick), relating to the liability of a municipality for certain space flight activities.  Reported from the Senate Committee on State Affairs.

H.B. 912 (Gooden), relating to images captured by unmanned vehicles and aircraft.  Reported from the House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence. 

H.B. 1306 (Rodriguez), relating to the eligibility of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land.  Reported from the House Committee on Agriculture and Livestock.

H.B. 1307 (Geren), relating to rates for water service, to the transfer of functions relating to the economic regulation of water and sewer service from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to the Public Utility Commission of Texas.  Reported from House Committee on Natural Resources.

H.B. 1360 (Ritter), relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of real property leased to and used by certain schools.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 1712 (Lozano), relating to exemptions from property taxation and sales and use taxation for certain offshore spill response and well containment property used to control pollution.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 1724 (Bohac), relating to the statute of limitations on municipal and county hotel occupancy taxes and interest on delinquent payments of municipal hotel occupancy taxes.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 1734 (Gutierrez), relating to the authority of a General Law City in calling for a Special Council meeting.  Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.B. 1797 (Isaac), relating to the authority to regulate certain water and sewage utilities to ensure public safety in and around certain municipalities.  Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources. 

H.B. 1908 (Eiland), relating to sports and community venue projects.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.  (Note:  this bill would cap at 17 percent the total hotel occupancy taxes at any one location.  The practical effect of this cap could be to limit the number of sports and community venue projects within a city.  Any cities concerned about this bill should contact their legislator.) 

H.B. 1925 (Davis), relating to the classification of certain construction workers and the eligibility of those workers for unemployment benefits.  Reported from the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development.

H.B. 2176 (Kolkhorst), relating to procedures and requirements for the issuance of certificates of obligation.  Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.B. 2181 (Stephenson), relating to authorizing development corporations to finance projects to support primary job training facilities and programs at certain educational institutions.  Reported from the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development.

H.B. 2244 (Harper-Brown), relating to requiring municipalities to provide compensation for certain signs required to be relocated due to road construction.  Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.  (Note:  this bill would require a city to reimburse TxDOT payments made to sign owners when signs must be relocated for highway improvements and a city ordinance prohibits the reconstruction of the sign.)

H.B. 2319 (Parker), relating to churches that provide overnight shelter for children.  Reported from the House Committee on Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence.

H.B. 2500 (Bohac), relating to the appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes of solar energy property.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 2908 (Dutton), relating to authority of a municipality to adopt certain ordinances.  Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.  (Note:  this bill would limit city regulation of certain state license holders.)

H.B. 2953 (Guillen), relating to the ability of a state license holder to practice the person's profession.  Reported from the House Committee on Licensing and Regulation.  (Note: with some exemptions, this bill would prevent a city from regulating in any way a person who holds a license from the state.)

H.B. 2981 (Rodriguez), relating to the procedures and duties of animal shelters and rescue organizations.  Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.B. 3148 (Anchia), relating to the abolition of the office of the firefighters' pension commissioner and the transfer and disposition of its functions relating to the Texas Emergency Services Retirement System.  Reported from the House Committee on Pensions. 

H.B. 3348 (Rodriguez), relating to the authority of the governing body of a taxing unit to adopt a local option residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

H.B. 3511 (Ritter), relating to adjudication of claims under water contracts with local government entities.  Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources.  (Note:  this bill would waive a city’s contractual governmental immunity for certain water contracts to sell reclaimed water to industrial facilities.)

H.B. 3739 (Burnam), relating to the continued employment of municipal employees who become candidates for public office.  Reported from the House Committee on Urban Affairs.

H.J.R. 86 (Ritter), proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to exempt from ad valorem taxation real property leased to certain schools organized and operated primarily for the purpose of engaging in educational functions.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means. 

H.J.R. 138 (Rodriguez), proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the governing body of a political subdivision to adopt a local option residence homestead exemption from ad valorem taxation.  Reported from the House Committee on Ways and Means.

S.B. 169 (Hegar), relating to ballot language for an election to approve and finance a municipal or county venue project.  Reported from the House Committee on Elections.

S.B. 385 (Carona), relating to authorizing assessments for water and energy improvements in districts designated by municipalities and counties.  Reported from the House Committee on Energy Resources.

S.B. 471 (Ellis), relating to technological efficiencies in the recording of certain open meetings.  Reported from the House Committee on Government Efficiency and Reform.

S.B. 985 (Zaffirini), relating to authorizing broker agreements for the sale of real property by certain municipalities.  Reported from the House Committee on Business and Industry.

S.B. 987 (Hegar), relating to requiring the attorney general to obtain an injunction against a municipality or county that adopts prohibited regulations regarding firearms, ammunition, or firearm supplies.  Reported from the House Committee on State Affairs.

S.B. 1383 (Hancock), relating to requiring municipalities to provide compensation for certain signs required to be relocated due to road construction.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.

S.B. 1439 (West), relating to property and evidence technicians.  Reported from the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice.

 

 
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