Revenue caps and annexation restrictions are the two most important issues for cities this legislative session.  Despite the best efforts of League staff and city officials, both issues have momentum.  City officials should act on these bills before it's too late.  Here's what you need to know:

  • Annexation:    House Bill 424 by Dan Huberty (R - Kingwood) is set on the House calendar for today.  The bill would do many things, but its requirement for voter or landowner approval of most annexations would damage the Texas Economy:  The best way to stop this bill from passing is to call your House members

right now and urge them to vote no on H.B. 424.  

  • Revenue Caps:  The House Committee on Ways and Means will hear Senate Bill 2 by Senator Paul Bettencourt (R - Houston) on Wednesday at 8:00 a.m. in room E2.012 at the Texas State Capitol Building. S.B. 2 would impose a revenue cap on all city budgets.  The best way to defeat S.B. 2 at this stage is through in-person testimony of city officials.  (Elected and appointed officials should also bring their police and fire chiefs in uniform.)

Various "brackets" and/or amendments could be used as an attempt to "peel off" legislators who oppose the bills.  Regardless of what adjustments are made to the bills, your messages to legislators should be clear: (1) there is NO need for any change in current law because cities and counties are NOT the problem; (2) there is NO need to give residents an "annexation veto" because doing so would harm the Texas economy.

 

Please contact Shanna Igo, Director of Legislative Services, at sigo@tml.org with questions.