That’s why we go on record in opposition to legislation that would have detrimental effects on Texas real estate. This REALTOR®-supported law is a comprehensive reform of the state’s public school finance system and property tax system to lessen the burden on local property taxpayers while increasing the state’s investment in educators and students. This support tells lawmakers that Texans demand the opportunity to have a say in whether their property is annexed. The largest part of a property owner’s property tax bill goes to school taxes. House Bill 7 (authored by Rep. Geanie Morrison and sponsored by Sen. Joan Huffman) creates a disaster recovery plan to be enacted by state agencies as needed. The governor could call lawmakers back to the Capitol for a special session—or two or three—to consider legislation related to specific issues determined by the governor. 4, § 21, Texas Constitution, and § 405.014(b), Government Code. After extensive analysis, testimony, and deliberations, the Sunset Commission recommends that the 86th Legislature pass legislation to continue 20 agencies, abolish the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and transfer its functions to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation, consolidate the Texas Board of Professional Land Surveying with the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, and … Chairman Bates’s comments were included on Gov. Senate Bill 6 (authored by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and sponsored by Rep. Geanie Morrison) creates a disaster response plan for local officials. The amendments and new rule are adopted under Texas Occupations Code §1101.151, which authorizes the Texas Real Estate Commission to adopt and enforce rules necessary to administer Chapters 1101 and 1102. Texas REALTORS® expects to see proposed legislation that would prevent a local entity from prohibiting short-term rentals in its jurisdiction. As leaders in the fight for property tax and school finance reform, Texas REALTORS® issued a press release with comments from Chairman Tray Bates reinforcing our support of the legislation when the final version was rolled out. The new law will keep cities from using construction fees as a backdoor tax for the funding of other services, bring greater fairness to the distribution of the fee burden, and prevent cities from requiring sales price disclosure as part of the permitting process. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. However, none of these measures ultimately passed, but they highlighted taxpayers’ growing frustration with the process and reasons behind skyrocketing property tax bills. TX HB2403 | 2019-2020 | 86th Legislature. Website for the Texas Legislature. They could be back. Texas Legislative Update: Impact of the 86th Session on Texas Real Estate. This new law further updates those provisions to allow more homeowners the ability to access the hard-earned equity in their homes while maintaining the strong consumer protections in the Texas Constitution. We may see proposed legislation that would make this a requirement statewide, regardless of a county’s population. In 2017, Gov. But electing pro-real estate candidates to the Texas Legislature is just the first step. Convert prospects into clients with these meeting skills. Then, we monitored bills that had the potential to directly or indirectly affect the Texas real estate … This link takes you to a listing from the Texas Legislature Online showing information for 473 bills from the 86th regular session effective immediately. If a municipality seeks to annex an area into its limits, the municipality must now hold an election of the affected residents. a. This session was characterized by strong leadership from Governor Greg Abbott, Lt. If a bill is related to a governor’s emergency item, members may vote on it earlier in the session. The new law requires central appraisal districts to create online databases to: The new law also makes changes to the rollback rate that is currently at 8% for local taxing entities: The Texas Legislature unanimously approved legislation to reform the public school finance system and the property tax system: House Bill 3, authored by Rep. Dan Huberty and sponsored by Sen. Larry Taylor. Texas gains more than 1,000 new residents per day, and our transportation infrastructure is struggling to keep up with this demand. By interacting with any of our blog posts, you agree to comply with the following terms and conditions: Texas REALTORS®, in its sole discretion, reserves the right to remove any content you have uploaded, posted, or submitted onto any of our blog posts if we believe that it violates these terms or conditions. Title Relating to the grounds for disciplinary action against the holder of a license issued by the Texas Real Estate Commission. Now we expect lawmakers to consider legislation addressing the Sunset Commission’s recommendations. You will not post any defamatory, discriminatory, libelous, threatening, vulgar, sexually explicit, abusive, profane, rude, or obscene content (including comments); b. Any legal or other information found on this page or at other sites to which we link, should be verified before it is relied upon. The Commission declined to make changes because doing so would go against the statutory mandates of the 86th Texas Legislature. c. You will not post content or take any action on our blog posts that infringes someone else’s rights or otherwise violates the law. Convert prospects into clients with these meeting skills. Several counties across the state petitioned to include propositions on their ballot on November 6 to become counties that would allow residents a vote before their property is annexed. Some Texas municipalities have approved ordinances banning short-term rentals. While Texas REALTORS® has used reasonable efforts in collecting and preparing materials included here, due to the rapidly changing nature of the real estate marketplace and the law, and our reliance on information provided by outside sources, Texas REALTORS® makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee of the accuracy or reliability of any information provided here. These ballot measures were overwhelmingly approved on Election Day. They get a head start.Lawmakers began filing bills November 12, 2018. How Real Estate Won in the Texas Legislative Session. Keeps rollback rate at 8% for special taxing units, including: Renames the rollback rate the “voter-approval tax rate”, Renames the effective rate the “no-new-revenue tax rate.”, Provides $6.5 billion in additional funding to public education and school employee compensation, Increases the state’s share of education funding from 38% to 45%, Reduces recapture by 47% ($3.6 billion) in the next biennium, Raises the basic allotment from $5,140 to $6,160 per student, benefiting all school districts, Sales tax revenue from the Wayfair court decision ($300 million per year), Available School Fund revenue to be used for increased school funding ($600 million per year), Any severance tax revenue diversion provided by the Texas Constitution to be used for tax compression. On election day 2018, Texas voters made a statement, and some counties changed from red to blue. Thirty-one members of the state Senate are elected to four-year, overlapping terms. Relating to the requirement that a right-of-way agent obtain a license from the Texas Real Estate Commission; expanding an occupational regulation. Tuesday, January 8, 2019 (1st day) 86th Legislature convenes Upon the convening of the 86th Legislature, the comptroller of public accounts delivers the Biennial Revenue Estimate to the governor and the 86th Legislature; Monday, January 14, 2019 LBB budget estimates delivered to the governor and the 86th Legislature Last session, lawmakers debated reforming the property tax system in several ways that would make the process more understandable for taxpayers, including lowering the rollback rate from 8% and providing more proactive information from local governments about their proposed tax rates. REALTOR®-supported House Bill 852 was authored by Rep. Justin Holland—who is a Texas REALTOR® himself—and sponsored by Sen. Pat Fallon. NAR is offering virtual training webinars to answer questions about changes to the Code of Ethics. This session, the association successfully opposed legislation on issues including mandatory sales price disclosure, appraisal caps, and weakening equal and uniform appraisal standards. Texas REALTORS® is committed to advocating for a strong real estate industry, advancing a culture of continued learning, and staying ahead of issues concerning members and their clients. Austin, Texas Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 1 The Honorable President of the Senate Senate Chamber Austin, Texas Mr. President: I am directed by the house to inform the senate that the house has taken the following action: THE HOUSE HAS PASSED THE FOLLOWING MEASURES: 1414 86th Legislature — Regular Session 46th Day Texas REALTORS® provides content through various online platforms, including this blog. Images of the bills and resolutions enacted during the 86th Legislative Session are available online in pdf format. The updates add significant information related to flooding and provide buyers with in-depth information about past flooding on a property and its structures, while still limiting the seller’s liability. REALTOR®-supported House Bill 2439, authored by Rep. Dade Phelan and sponsored by Sen. House Bill 1254, authored by Rep. Jim Murphy and sponsored by Sen. Kelly Hancock, will allow a property owner to use agricultural land as collateral for a home equity loan. This new law prevents a governmental entity (city/county) from requiring or prohibiting the use of certain building methods, products, or materials in the construction of a residential or commercial structure. The following bills, which were passed during the Regular Session of the 86th Legislature, impact procedures, filings, or other duties and responsibilities of the Texas Secretary of State. These changes aim to improve agency operations, use available funds more efficiently, and better serve the people of Texas. a. The Texas REALTORS® headquarters is just across the street from the Texas Capitol, so be sure to make plans to head over and enjoy a barbecue lunch after your meetings. Monitor Legislation or view this same bill number from multiple sessions or take advantage of our national legislative search. They were elected for two-year terms from the districts shown below. severance tax), split between the State Highway Fund and the Economic Stabilization Fund (a.k.a. The salary of all members of the Legislature, both senators and representatives, is $7,200 per year and $124 per diem during legislative sessions; mileage allowance at same rate provided by law for state employees. While Texas REALTORS® has used reasonable efforts in collecting and preparing materials included here, due to the rapidly changing nature of the real estate marketplace and the law, and our reliance on information provided by outside sources, Texas REALTORS® makes no representation, warranty, or guarantee of the accuracy or reliability of any information provided here. NAR is offering virtual training webinars to answer questions about changes to the Code of Ethics. Then, we monitored bills that had the potential to directly or indirectly affect the Texas real estate industry. Texas REALTORS® had great success on Election Day, with 89% of REALTOR®-supported candidates winning their races. Details on Texas SB 624 (Texas 86th Legislature (2019)) - Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Real Estate Commission and the Texas Appraiser Licensing and … Thanks to your grassroots advocacy efforts during REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol and timely response to calls for action, Texas REALTORS® earned several incredible legislative victories this session that were signed into law by Gov. Larry Taylor and Paul Bettencourt, propose a constitutional amendment to provide a temporary property tax exemption for qualified property damaged by a disaster, with the following ballot language: “The constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for a temporary exemption from ad valorem taxation of a portion of the appraised value of certain property damaged by a disaster.”. Representatives (and state senators) receive $7,200 per year and $124 per diem during legislative sessions; mileage allowance at same rate provided by law for state employees. Governor Dan … AUSTIN – June 17, 2019 – Coats Rose attorneys continued their successful track record in passing legislation on behalf of Texas real estate owners/developers during the 86th Texas Legislative Session. This could be any issue the governor wants to be prioritized in that year’s session, or any issue the governor wants to support. Greg Abbott called lawmakers back to Austin for a special session to consider legislation related to a list of 19 issues. Now we must work with the 150 members of the Texas House of Representatives and the 31 members of the Texas Senate to pass legislation that favors real estate consumers and your industry. The 86th Legislature. Despite legislation from past sessions that would improve Texas roadways, lawmakers are likely to propose more transportation-funding bills. Texas Legislature Bills Authored / Joint Authored Rep. Evelina "Lina" Ortega 86th Legislature Regular Session Report Date: 10/14/2020 Number of Bills: 42. Texas REALTORS® know harmful legislation when we see it. The rapid increase in local property taxes was a priority issue for the Legislature 
in 2017. The Sunset Commission recommends that the 86th Legislature pass legislation to continue 20 agencies, abolish the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners and transfer its functions to the Texas … In 2018, the Texas Real Estate Commission underwent what’s known as sunset review—a process for state agencies during which Texas Sunset Advisory Commission staff evaluate the agency and issue recommendations for positive change. After years of advocating for changes to the state’s property tax system, Texas REALTORS® have succeeded in giving taxpayers more information about how tax rates are set and how to engage in the rate-setting process that determines your property tax bill. Author (29): The 86th Texas Legislative Session was a success for the Partnership, the Houston business community and the broader Greater Houston region. Greg Abbott. This daylong event brings thousands of Texas REALTORS® to the statehouse to meet with your lawmakers one on one and educate them on the impact that proposed legislation may have back home. The 86 th Texas Legislature concluded on May 27, 2019, gaveling out on a significant session for the Texas real estate industry. In 2017, voters approved a REALTOR®-supported constitutional amendment (Prop 2) to modernize the home equity lending process for property owners. Report Sections: Authored Bills | Joint Authored Bills. Relating to the continuation and functions of the Texas Real Estate Commission and the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board; changing fees. While you’re serving your clients, the volunteer leaders and staff of your association are educating lawmakers about the importance of protecting private-property rights and the real estate industry. The Texas Legislature only meets for up to 140 days every two years. But electing pro-real estate candidates to the Texas Legislature is just the first step. The revised disclosure notice is mandatory starting Sept. 1, 2019. The clock is ticking. d. You will not post any information intended to sell or advertise a business, product, or service. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans … Senate Bill 7 (authored by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst and sponsored by Rep. Dade Phelan) creates the Flood Infrastructure Fund to finance flood mitigation projects. Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Republican 46-2) Status: (Engrossed - Dead) 2019-05-20 - Statement(s) of vote recorded in Journal [SB29 Detail] Download: Texas-2019-SB29-Comm_Sub.html The new law extends provisions related to that constitutional amendment to ensure no interruption of funding for 10 years, continuing voters’ desire to invest in transportation projects. What's new at the Legislative Reference Library of Texas: Legislative Wrap-ups, 86th Legislature. HB 4643: Author: Bell, Cecil: Sponsor: Texas REALTORS® expects the Legislature to continue discussing ways to improve the current school finance system and ease the burden on local taxpayers. You should contact your attorney to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. d. You will not post any information intended to sell or advertise a business, product, or service. 2019 Legislative Session Update. 86th Legislature Education Taxes & Spending Texas Teachers Receive Substantial Pay Raises this School Year, Report Shows Isaiah Mitchell October 30, 2020 Legislation passed in 2019 has raised pay for teachers, librarians, counselors, and nurses at public schools amid student withdrawals. The following REALTOR®-supported bills have been signed into law: REALTOR®-supported Senate Bill 1414, authored by Sen. Kelly Hancock and sponsored by Rep. Dade Phelan, establishes clearer parameters around fees that may be assessed for the late payment of rent. One reason Texas REALTORS® are successful in working with the Legislature is because of the strong turnout during REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol. The Texas Constitution is current through the amendments approved by voters in November 2019. In 2014, 80% of voters approved an amendment to the Texas Constitution to allocate revenue from oil and gas production tax (a.k.a. May 30, 2019 | Texas REALTORS® Staff. REALTOR®-supported House Bill 1743, authored by Rep. Tracy King and sponsored by Sen. Brandon Creighton, reduces change-of-use lookback taxes due when a property is changed from agricultural to non-agricultural use. Additional changes: The new law creates the Tax Reduction and Excellence in Education Fund to provide further tax rate compression and funding for schools using revenue from several existing sources: The new law also maintains the enhanced transparency measures and automatic rollback elections REALTORS® support. Applicability of the legal principles discussed in this material may differ substantially in individual situations. You will not use our blog posts or posted content to do anything unlawful, misleading, malicious, or discriminatory; and. Any legal or other information found on this page or at other sites to which we link, should be verified before it is relied upon. The material provided here is for informational purposes only and is not intended and should not be considered as legal advice for your particular matter. Texas Legislature Bills Authored / Joint Authored Rep. Cecil Bell 86th Legislature Regular Session Report Date: 12/16/2020 Number of Bills: 70. Shortly after the election, on November 12, 2018, Texas legislators and legislators-elect began filing bills for the 86th Legislature. The proposed amendments to §535.51 eliminates the Texas residency requirement for real estate license eligibility pursuant to statutory changes enacted by the 86th Legislature in SB 624 as part of the Sunset Review process. relating to the acquisition of real property by an entity with eminent domain authority. Contact your local association to attend. c. You will not post content or take any action on our blog posts that infringes someone else’s rights or otherwise violates the law. Here are a few issues that may be discussed at the Capitol during this year's legislative session. House Bill 6 (authored by Rep. Geanie Morrison and sponsored by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst) creates a disaster recovery task force to assist with long-term recovery plans. But they can’t really start right away. Here's what REALTORS® need to know. The statutes available on this website are current through the 86th Legislature, 2019. Currently, when a property changes its use classification from agricultural to non-agricultural, county chief appraisers can assess the owners five years of retroactive taxes based on the new classification, plus 7% interest per year. The 86th Texas Legislature adjourned May 27, closing out a monumental session for Texas real estate consumers and private property rights. Applicability of the legal principles discussed in this material may differ substantially in individual situations. The State Highway Fund can only be used for constructing, maintaining, and acquiring rights of way for public non-toll roadways. The Texas Legislature agreed that property tax reform is critical, passing REALTOR®-supported Senate Bill 2, also known as “The Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act.”. in the great state of Texas is our passion, our craft, our niche. 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 on population. The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. More than 10,000 bills were filed during the 86th Texas legislative session. The law clarifies what types of costs and considerations may be included in the calculation of late fees and provides a safe harbor for reasonable late fees. Texas ... now for our free OneVote public service or GAITS Professional trial account and you can begin tracking this and other legislation, all driven by the real-time data of the LegiScan API. Dawn Buckingham, protects Texas property owners. Texas REALTORS® earned several incredible legislative victories during the 86th Texas Legislature. Lawmakers depend on subject-matter experts and industry professionals to educate them about a bill’s merits. Bill Title: Relating to the use by a political subdivision of public money for lobbying and certain other activities. 86th Texas Legislature Update May 15, 2019 RMWBH Training Room 4630 N Loop 1604 West, Ste. 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