The legislative deadline to file most new bills was last Friday, March 8th. The House and Senate combined to file 7,281 bills and joint resolutions this session, continuing the upward trend of recent sessions and nearly breaking the 2009 record of 7,324 filings. The numbers from recent years:
Now the Legislature will begin spending long hours in committee hearings and debating full calendars of legislation on the House and Senate floor.
Bills of Note
TCAA has been analyzing the thousands of filed bills, looking for any legislation that would have a direct impact – positive or negative – on community associations in Texas. As always, TCAA looks forward to working with the bill authors to address the concerns of homeowners and community associations. Some of those bills include:
Finding your legislators
The Who Represents Me? system from the Texas Legislature Online provides information about current districts and members of the Texas Senate, Texas House of Representatives, the Texas delegation to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the State Board of Education. You can search by street address, ZIP code, county, or city. Complete rosters of legislators are also available in the Legislative Reference Library’s Chief Elected Officials of Texas list.
Contacting your legislators
You may write to your legislators at the following addresses:
The Honorable (insert name of Senator)
P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711-2068
The Honorable (insert name of Representative)
Texas House of Representatives
P.O. Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768-2910
You can find Capitol and district office telephone numbers for your legislator by searching Who Represents Me? on Texas Legislature Online.
E-mail is handled by each office individually. For e-mail options, see the Texas Senators and House Membership web sites.