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TAA-backed bill scheduled for House consideration May 20


The Texas House of Representatives is scheduled to consider a bill backed by the Texas Apartment Association on May 20, and TAA is working to get another heard before a May 23 deadline.

With less than a dozen days left in the regular session, here’s a brief look at the status of measures backed by the Texas Apartment Association.

This week at the Capitol

  • SB 873 (water billing) by Sen. Brandon Creighton (R-Conroe) is set to be considered by the House of Representatives on Saturday, May 20. SB 873 will help deter class-action lawsuits against landlords by creating an easy-to-use and inexpensive dispute resolution process for water billing disputes.
  • TAA’s late fees legislation (HB 1821 and SB 921) fell victim to a late session logjam in the House of Representatives. TAA’s government relations team attempted several alternatives this week to revive the late fees proposal by adding it to other legislation. Unfortunately, these efforts failed due to legislative deadlines and the unpredictable nature of the last two weeks of session.
  • SB 737 (city fees) by Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills) is currently pending in the House Calendars Committee. The government relations team is working to have it set for consideration by the House of Representatives in time for the House’s Tuesday, May 23 deadline to act on Senate bills.