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Session kicks off January 12

Synopsis

The Texas Legislative Session is expected to focus on pandemic response, the state budget and redistricting. The session begins January 12.


Key takeaways

  • The 2021 Texas Legislative Session opens January 12 and runs for 140 days.
  • During the session, the Texas Apartment Association will be focused on promoting policies that protect the health and stability of the rental housing industry, advocating for property tax reform and working on general business issues.
  • Legislators are expected to address pandemic response, the state’s budget and redistricting.
  • TAA will offer a legislative preview webinar on Wednesday, January 20 at 2 p.m. Look for details and registration information soon.

The Texas Legislative session will begin on Tuesday, January 12.

Much of the focus for the 140-day session is expected to be on major issues such as the state’s response to the pandemic, the budget and redistricting.

The Texas Apartment Association’s focus this year will be on promoting policies that protect the health and stability of the rental housing industry, continuing to advocate for property tax reform and working on general business issues, such as pandemic-related liability protection.

To date, more than 1,300 bills have already been pre-filed. Among the landlord/tenant bills of note are:

  • SB 265 by Senator Royce West (D-Dallas), which would amend the state Fair Housing Act to include a source of income from housing assistance programs, like Section 8, to the list of protected classes under state law
  • HB 531 by Rep. Armando Walle (D-Houston) regarding notice to residents living in dwellings built in 100-year flood plains or that have flooded within the past five years
  • HB 886 by Rep. Jon Rosenthal (D-Houston), which would repeal the 2015 Texas law that preempts cities from adopting source of income ordinances that consider source of income for federal housing assistance programs a protected class.

While bill filing continues through mid-March, legislators have indicated they intend to file a number of tenant-oriented measures including a state eviction moratorium, measures to protect the credit of renters who have faced eviction due to the pandemic and making certain eviction case information confidential.

TAA’s Legislative Committee will be working throughout the session to review and take positions on bills affecting the industry. A list of bills tracked by TAA will be available on the member-protected part of the website beginning later this month.

TAA will offer a legislative preview webinar on Wednesday, January 20 at 2 p.m. Look for details and registration information soon.

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