August 30, 2019, Number 33
Download the full .pdf version here: TML Legislative Update 33
Bills Become Effective September 1
On September 1, hundreds of new laws will take effect. Those include more than 300 city-related pieces of legislation. Many of those won’t affect most cities, but several require action. The League has prepared articles (and papers or Q&As) on those. Here is a quick list of bills that are effective now or will be on September 1 and links to those articles:
- H.B. 305: Various website posting requirements.
- H.B. 347: No more unilateral annexation and annexation update.
- H.B. 852: Residential building permit fee may not be based on home value.
- H.B. 1177: Carrying of firearms during disaster and firearms update.
- H.B. 1495/S.B. 65: Lobby conflicts reporting.
- H.B. 1495: Lobby expenditures budget reporting.
- H.B. 2439: Building materials limitations.
- H.B. 2826: Contingent legal fee contracts and procurement update.
- H.B. 2840: Mandatory public comments on posted agenda items.
- H.B. 3167: Subdivision plat approval “shot clock.”
- S.B. 241: Energy usage reduction goals.
- S.B. 476: Dogs are allowed on restaurant patios.
- S.B. 1152: Provider can stop paying lower of telephone or video franchise fees on January 1.
- S.B. 1303: City maps need to be updated.
All of the city-related bills that passed are summarized by category in the June 7, 2019, “final wrap up edition” of the Legislative Update. Also, the League has prepared a Q&A on S.B. 2, the session’s Property Tax Reform bill, but that bill isn’t effective until next year.
FCC Cable Franchise Order
Last week, the League reported on a Federal Communications Commission order that could mean a loss of franchise fee revenue for some cities. The order has now been published in the Federal Register, meaning it will become effective on September 26, 2019.
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