Call to Action
An urgent bill of concern to TCAA is SB 86 by Sen. Bob Hall (and its companion bill HB 2596 by Rep. James White) providing that a local government may not prohibit an individual from raising or keeping six or fewer chickens at their single-family residential lot, and also overrides any similar property owners’ association restrictive covenant created on or after September 1, 2019. To ensure that property owners’ associations retain the right to effectively regulate our neighborhoods and quality of life, please contact your local legislators and members of the House Agriculture Committee and the House Calendars Committee to let them know that you prefer the original filed versions of these bills that apply only to local government regulations.
Other Bills of Note
The TCAA team continues to monitor lots of other legislation in these critical last few weeks of the legislative session. There are several bills that directly impact community associations in Texas, and TCAA is working closely with the bill authors to make them aware of the concerns of homeowners and community associations. Some important bills that will be heard in committee this Tuesday, April 23rd, include:
You can weigh in on this proposed legislation by appearing at the Business & Industry Committee hearing on Tuesday, April 23, 2019, in Room E2.016 of the Texas Capitol. The hearing is scheduled to begin once the House adjourns for the day, which will likely be late that afternoon, but be aware that the committee may not begin consideration of some of these bills until that evening. You can also view the hearing online – live or archived – at https://house.texas.gov/video-audio/ .
Other bills of note that are still being considered by the Legislature include:
Final Budget Negotiations Begins
The state budget is in the final stages of negotiation, and conferees for HB 1 have been appointed by both the House and Senate. The House has appointed: Representative John Zerwas, (R-Richmond) – Chair, Representative Greg Bonnen (R-Galveston), Representative Sarah Davis (R-West University Place), Representative Oscar Longoria (D-Mission), and Representative Armando Walle (D-Houston). The conferees appointed by the Senate are: Senator Jane Nelson, (R-Flower Mound) -Chair, Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston), Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R- Brenham), and Senator Robert Nichols (R-Jacksonville), and Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood). The first public meeting of the conference committee is scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, April 23rd.
On Wednesday, the Senate appointed conferees for SB 500, the supplemental appropriations bill that funds unpaid expenses from the preceding two-year budget. Most of those expenses are related to recovery from Hurricane Harvey. The Senate conferees are: Senator Jane Nelson, (R-Flower Mound) – Chair, Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-McAllen), Senator Joan Huffman (R-Houston), Senator Lois Kolkhorst (R- Brenham), and Senator Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood). The House conferees for SB 500 are: Representative John Zerwas, (R-Richmond) – Chair, Representative Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake), Representative Mary Gonzalez (D-El Paso), Representative Rick Miller (R-Sugarland), and Representative Toni Rose (D-Dallas). Additional information about the budget is available on the Legislative Budget Board’s website.
If you would like to get involved with TCAA and help protect community associations across Texas, please visit the TCAA website for more information on activities, events, and legislative updates: