Capitol Crunch Time: Here’s How to Make a Difference for Your City Next Week - Texas Municipal League

Originally from TML (redistributed on behalf of representatives from member cities)

It’s the time of legislative session when a number of important city issues hang in the balance.  Below is list of critical action items that city officials should consider over the next few days.  Not every city official cares equally about each issue.  So pick one or two that matter most to your city and take action now!

  • Revenue Caps:  continue to contact members of the House Ways and Means Committee and urge them to oppose S.B. 2 (Bettencourt) and H.B. 15 (Bonnen).  (It is likely that S.B. 2 will be heard in the Ways and Means Committee on Wednesday, April 26.)  Here are the talking points and here are the committee members:
  • Annexation:  contact members of the House Land and Resource Management Committee and urge them to oppose H.B. 424 (Huberty), H.B. 299 (Larson), H.B. 2272 (Scofield), and S.B. 715 (Campbell).  Each of these bills would end city annexation by allowing a vote only of people being annexed, instead of the entire region.  Here are the talking points, here is a study showing the economic impact of restrictive annexation laws, and here are the committee members:
  • Small Cell Nodes:  contact members of the House State Affairs Committee and urge them to oppose H.B. 2838 (Geren) and S.B. 1004 (Hancock).   These bills would end any reasonable control over vertical structures in city rights-of-way and require city taxpayers to subsidize private industry.  Here are the talking points and here are the committee members:
  • Short Term Rentals:  contact members of the House Urban Affairs Committee and urge them to oppose H.B. 2551 (Parker) and S.B. 451 (Hancock).  These bills would permit disruptive party house rentals in all residential subdivisions.  Here are the talking points and here are the committee members:
  • City Fee Email Notification:  contact members of the House Urban Affairs Committee and urge them to oppose S.B. 737 (Hancock) and H.B. 1557 (Parker).  These bills would impose burdensome requirements any time a city imposes a new fee or fee increase, such as a complicated email notification system and hearing process.  Here are the talking points and here are the committee members:
  • Transportation Network Companies:  contact members of the Senate Business and Commerce Committee and urge them to oppose H.B. 100 (Paddie), which would preempt city regulation of transportation network companies (e.g., Uber and Lyft). Here are the committee members:
  • Manufactured Housing:  contact members of the House Land and Resource Management Committee and urge them to oppose H.B. 1852 (Lucio) and S.B. 1248 (Buckingham), which would limit a city’s ability to regulate manufactured home parks.  Here are the committee members:

 

 

The GCON conference posted on the TXAPA website for Thursday, April 27th, is not being co-sponsored by TXAPA, nor has it been determined to be eligible for CM credit.  Attendees may self-certify and submit sessions for CM credit by logging into www.planning.org and following this link: https://planning.org/cm/loggin/selfreport.