Week 6 Update – 86th Session
The biggest legislative happening of the week came on Monday, when a Senate committee voted out a SB 2, aimed at slowing property tax growth. The panel’s 4-0 vote came days after city and county leaders pushed back against the measure, which has been earmarked as a priority this legislative session by top Texas Republicans. The legislation as passed would limit the growth of city and county property tax revenue on existing developments to 2.5 percent annually, contrasted with the current rollback rate of 8%. The committee substitute as voted out of the Committee is no longer “bracketed” to larger cities. Even the small cities previously exempt from the bill must hold an election in May 2020 to ask their citizens if they want the cap. The bill could have been heard on the Senate floor this week, but was not set on the calendar. Rumors are floating that there are not enough votes to overcome the 3/5 rule necessary to get a bill on the floor. More next week.
For pure drama, the event of the week was President Trump coming to El Paso to plead for funding for a border wall. Beto O’Rourke had a counter rally across the street. And afterwards two Texas House members announced that they would file a bill to take $2.5 million out of the Rainy Day Fund to help build the border wall.
Both the House and the Senate adjourned for the week on Wednesday, and will return Tuesday morning.
FEBRUARY 15, 2019
Total Bills Filed: 2,652
House Bills: 1,841
Senate Bills: 811
Bill Filing Deadline: Friday, March 8