2017 Texas Legislature

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A biweekly discussion on housing issues at the legislature for housing advocates, providers, non-profit agencies and other interested parties. Meetings are held every other Thursday at 10 a.m. in the Texas Capitol Extension. This session’s schedule:

Next meeting: March 2, E1.018

Upcoming session meetings:
March 16, E1.022
March 30, E1.022
April 13, E1.022
April 27, E1.022
May 11, E1.022
May 25, E1.022

Stay informed
Follow our blog for the latest news and analysis of housing issues at the legislature:

Houston area representative, pledging to ‘Stop Low-Income Government Housing,’ files bill (2/13/17)

Texas Senate committee report addresses key fair housing issues (1/23/17)

Listen: Previewing housing issues at the Texas Legislature (1/17/17)

TDHCA details consequences of potential budget cuts (12/9/16)

Texas’ 2017 tax credit allocation plan presents fair housing issues (11/17/16)

Bill tracker
Housing-related bills filed as of 3/1/17
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House of Representatives
HB 44
Sponsor: Keough
Status: Referred to Ways & Means
Summary: Limit maximum appraised property tax value for real property

HB 167
Sponsor: Bell
Status: Referred to Ways & Means
Summary: Limit maximum appraised property tax value for real property

HB 183
Sponsor: Dutton
Status: Referred to Corrections
Summary: Deferred adjudication community supervision cannot be grounds for denying housing

HB 192
Sponsor: Bernal
Status: Referred to Business & Industry
Summary: Prohibiting housing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity

HB 309
Sponsor: Johnson of Harris
Status: Referred to Public Health
Summary: Establish home and community Medicaid service program for mental illness

HB 312
Sponsor: Johnson of Harris
Status: Filed
Summary: Creating a disaster recovery fund

HB 470
Sponsor: Johnson of Dallas
Status: Referred to Urban Affairs
Summary: Allowing Dallas to establish homestead land bank programs

HB 616
Sponsor: Leach
Status: Referred to Urban Affairs
Summary: Removing state representative support from tax credit scoring system

HB 640
Sponsor: Phillips
Status: Referred to County Affairs
Summary: Allowing city and county governments to regulate the location of halfway houses

HB 850
Sponsor: Turner
Status: Referred to Ways & Means
Summary: Exempting certain housing for people with disabilities from some property taxes

HB 885
Sponsor: King of Hemphill
Status: Referred to Urban Affairs
Summary: Adding state senator support to tax credit scoring system

HB 993
Sponsor: Walle
Status: Referred to Investments & Financial Services
Summary: Requiring sellers in non-federal transactions to provide basic information about mortgages

HB 1097
Sponsor: Canales
Status: Filed
Summary: Allowing courts to expunge records in residential eviction suits

HB 1098
Sponsor: Canales
Status: Referred to Business & Industry
Summary: Capping late-rent fees charged to people with Housing Choice Vouchers

HB 1099
Sponsor: Canales
Status: Filed
Summary: Broadening tenants’ ability to call police or emergency assistance without repercussion

HB 1115
Sponsor: Dutton
Status: Referred to Natural Resources
Summary: Adding elected officials as “affected persons” under the Water Code for contested case hearings before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

HB 1175
Sponsor: Hinojosa
Status: Referred to Urban Affairs
Summary: Requiring three-fourths approval from local governing bodies for valid petitions regarding proposed boundaries and/or regulations for un-platted and/or un-zoned land

HB 1193
Sponsor: Blanco
Status: Referred to Urban Affairs
Summary: Banning public housing residents and people with vouchers or project-based assistance from serving as housing authority commissioners in large border cities

HB 1238
Sponsor: VanDeaver
Status: Filed
Summary: Adjusting the investment training requirements for housing authority commissioners

HB 1239
Sponsor: VanDeaver
Status: Filed
Summary: Adjusting the qualifications for housing authority commissioners

HB 1277
Sponsor: Moody
Status: Filed
Summary: Banning public housing residents and people with vouchers or project-based assistance from serving as housing authority commissioners in large border cities

HB 1328
Sponsor: Guillen
Status: Filed
Summary: Allowing advertising for the sale of land in certain border counties before a subdivision plat has been approved

HB 1386
Sponsor: Guillen
Status: Filed
Summary: Allowing earnest money contracts and other forms of sale for land in certain border counties before a subdivision plat is filed

HB 1449
Sponsor: Simmons
Status: Filed
Summary: Prohibiting local governments from imposing linkage fees on new construction

HB 1512
Sponsor: Isaac
Status: Filed
Summary: Increasing the maximum loan amount for the owner-builder home loan program, which includes the Bootstrap program, to $150,000

HB 1513
Sponsor: Isaac
Status: Filed
Summary: Increasing the tax-exempt period for affordable housing property owned by a charitable organization from five to 10 years after purchase

HB 1534
Sponsor: Farrar
Status: Filed
Summary: Prohibiting certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, including housing

HB 1548
Sponsor: Dutton
Status: Filed
Summary: Entitling property owners within one mile of schools an exemption from school district taxes if they provide a threshold amount of affordable housing

HB 1562
Sponsor: Minjarez
Status: Filed
Summary: Allowing zoning and building construction ordinances for counties with a population above 100,000 or which include a metropolitan area above 100,000

HB 1609
Sponsor: Price
Status: Filed
Summary: Removing state representative letters of support for tax credit developments for districts which include counties of less than 450,000 people

HB 1626
Sponsor: Gutierrez
Status: Filed
Summary: Allowing non-contributing taxing entities to enter into abatements without the approval of the TIRZ or entity board

HB 1653
Sponsor: Swanson
Status: Filed
Summary: Increasing the influence of state representative scoring on tax credit applications, particularly in unincorporated parts of urban areas

HB 1772
Sponsor: Swanson
Status: Filed
Summary: Providing a property tax exemption for individuals 75 years old and above, and their spouses if over 55

HB 1792
Sponsor: Swanson
Status: Filed
Summary: Adding requirements for tax credit applications, including new labels for developments and more influence for nearby neighborhood organizations

HB 1834
Sponsor: Dutton
Status: Filed
Summary: Requiring the rejection of an application for tax credits if an applicant does not submit the complete application fees before the designated deadline

HB 1879
Sponsor: Romero, Jr.
Status: Filed
Summary: Requiring TDHCA to conduct a study of farmworker housing conditions

HB 1892
Sponsor: Ortega
Status: Filed
Summary: Expediting court proceedings in cases involving substandard buildings

HB 1927
Sponsor: Rodriguez, Eddie
Status: Filed
Summary: Setting standards for alerts about the release of toxic chemicals from manufacturing facilities

HB 2109
Sponsor: Dutton
Status: Filed
Summary: Adding neighborhood organizations located within 10 miles of proposed tax credit developments to the application scoring system

Senate

SB 92
Sponsor: Hall
Status: Referred to Business & Commerce
Summary: Prohibiting local ordinances that add protected classes beyond state law

SB 165
Sponsor: Rodríguez, et al.
Status: Referred to State Affairs
Summary: Prohibiting certain discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, including housing

SB 242
Sponsor: Burton
Status: Referred to Education
Summary: Requiring public schools to disclose any general knowledge about students to parents

SB 351
Sponsor: Watson
Status: Referred to Finance
Summary: Creating a disaster recovery fund

SB 451
Sponsors: Hancock, Buckingham
Status: Referred to Business & Commerce
Summary: Prohibiting most local ordinances that prevent the use of property as a short-term rental

SB 499
Sponsor: West
Status: Referred to State Affairs
Summary: Adopting the Uniform Partition of Heirs’ Property Act

SB 526
Sponsor: Birdwell
Status: Referred to Business & Commerce
Summary: Abolishes certain advisory committees including the residential mortgage fraud task force

SB 593
Sponsor: Rodríguez
Status: Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Summary: Banning public housing residents and people with vouchers or project-based assistance from serving as housing authority commissioners in large border cities

SB 595
Sponsor: Lucio
Status: Referred to Finance
Summary: Allowing households below 80 percent of area median income to pay residence homestead taxes in installments

SB 600
Sponsor: Burton
Status: Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Summary: Repealing elements of the Texas Economic Development Act

SB 650
Sponsor: Bettencourt
Status: Referred to Natural Resources & Economic Development
Summary: Setting qualifications for Tax Increment Reinvestment Zones (TIRZ) 

SB 692
Sponsor: Rodríguez
Status:
Referred to Intergovernmental Relations
Summary: Regulating the model subdivisions rules to certain subdivisions more than 25 years old in Hidalgo and El Paso Counties

SB 852
Sponsor: Nelson
Status:
Referred to Business & Commerce
Summary: Prohibiting local governments from imposing linkage fees on new construction

SB 873
Sponsor: Creighton
Status:
Referred to Agriculture, Water & Rural Affairs
Summary: Allowing property owners and managers to charge tenants for submetered and non-submetered master metered water and wastewater services

SB 921
Sponsor: Perry
Status:
Referred to Business & Commerce
Summary: Regulating the initial and daily fees charged to tenants for late payment of rent

SB 1025
Sponsors: Rodríguez, Hinojosa
Status:
Filed
Summary: Regulating migrant labor housing facilities, including new inspection processes, licensing rules and enforcement

Joint Resolutions

HJR 52
Sponsor: Turner
Status: Filed
Summary: Proposing a constitutional amendment to exempt certain housing for people with disabilities from some property taxes