Whatever the motivation among state lawmakers for passing House Bill 852, its real effect will be to make assessing the fair taxable value of residential property more difficult for tax appraisal districts and to do so in a way that mostly benefits developers of residential subdivisions.
Sen. Kelly Hancock’s take-a-dog-to-lunch bill, which Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law June 4, is another of the assaults against local government control that have become a habit for the Texas Legislature.
Whatever else they might have accomplished during the recently ended 86th session of the Texas legislature, lawmakers seem to have definitively settled one of the weirder controversies blowing around Galveston Bay in recent years.
Galveston got a reprieve from having to deal with legislative restrictions on the local regulation of short-term rentals with the deaths in committee of House Bill 3778 and Senate Bill 1888.
On this morning 75 years ago as dawn was breaking in Europe, members of what journalist Tom Brokaw would call The Greatest Generation boarded landing craft off the coast of France.
Texas lawmakers did a commendable job this session patching some of the biggest holes the state’s courts had blown in open government laws.
Population growth estimates the U.S. Census Bureau released earlier this month should be enough to keep government leaders and others interested in Galveston’s future up at night.
Galveston Housing Authority has an opportunity to correct at least two serious flaws in plans to replace 569 public housing units demolished in 2009 after being flooded during Hurricane Ike.