Legislative Liaison: A two-week countdown
Sunday, February 26, 2017
Written By: TAR

Quick hits

  • As of 6 p.m. Friday, TAR is monitoring 1,660 of 3,659 bills filed.
  • See TAR’s legislative priorities at texasrealestate.com/issues
  • Save the date: REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol, April 4 (add to your calendar)
  • Got a question about one of TAR’s legislative positions, the lawmaking process, or something you read in Liaison? Just ask! (Not all questions can be answered, and submissions may be edited for clarity and length.)


In this edition …

This edition of Legislative Liaison covers an upcoming deadline for lawmakers, award-winning Texas REALTORS®, an easy way to stay engaged in your industry, and plans for your day at the Texas Capitol.


A two-week countdown

March 10 is a big day for the 85th Texas Legislature: It’s the deadline for lawmakers to file bills, and it’s the 60th day of the session.


So, why does this matter?

Per the Texas Constitution, lawmakers aren’t allowed to take action on any bill in the first 60 days of the session unless the issue has been declared an emergency by the governor.

You may recall that Gov. Abbott declared four emergency items in his State of the State address in January: Child Protective Services, sanctuary cities, ethics reform, and a convention of states. So, the only bills the House or Senate may take action on until after March 10 must be related to those four issues.

Abbott’s move enables lawmakers to address these priority issues before they get bogged down with the thousands of other bills filed this session.

We can expect a flurry of bill-filing leading up to the deadline … and then a lot of action as bills are referred to committees to begin the lawmaking process.​


What should the Lege prioritize this session?

The latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune poll asked respondents what they think the Lege needs to focus on this session.

No surprise: Lowering property taxes was the overall top choice on a list of possible legislative priorities. Redesigning the school finance system followed in second place.

Read more from The Texas Tribune.


Your day at the dome

Make plans now to attend REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol on April 4!

You’ll meet with legislators at the Capitol to discuss real estate issues face-to-face … and enjoy a BBQ lunch at TAR headquarters just across the street from the Capitol.

Contact your local association to see how they’re getting to Austin. Many local associations charter buses to make the trip.

Details at texasrealestate.com/realtorday.​


Are you ready to respond?

With the Texas Legislature and U.S. Congress in session this year, we’re likely to see at least one REALTOR® call for action in the coming months that needs your immediate response.

NAR and TAR issue calls for action when a crucial piece of legislation needs the power of REALTOR® support … or opposition.

The process is simple: When a call for action email is sent to your inbox, follow the directions to send a pre-written message directly to your legislators.

The best way to ensure you’re ready to respond is by signing up for REALTOR® Party Mobile alerts.​

Just text txrealtors to 30644 … and you’ll receive a reminder to look out for the call for action message.

About the Author:
The Texas Association of REALTORS® was established in 1920, and at 90,000 members strong is the largest professional membership association in Texas. With over 60 employees, and 89 local associations of REALTORS®, TAR is here to be the voice o real estate in Texas. The mission of the Texas Association of REALTORS is to promote and protect private-property ownership and rights, advocate for Texas REALTORS® and property owners and to keep homeownership affordable. While licensed real estate agents and brokers in Texas must follow state laws. Agents and brokers who join the Texas Association of REALTORS® also pledge to follow a higher set of standards—the REALTOR® Code of Ethics.


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