Governmental Affairs Issues

84th Legislative Preview: What’s at stake for your business next year?

Texas is changing. From the steady increase in our population to the politicians who hold statewide offices, these changes and others will significantly impact your business. We have a new governor, a new lieutenant governor, a new comptroller, and new faces in many other statewide offices. Texas has not seen this type of turnover in more than a decade, and the new Texas Legislature will feel its effects. Houston Association of REALTORS® is
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Change In State Law Allows Cities to Contract With Brokers

During the 83rd Legislative Session, which concluded this summer, lawmakers  made a significant change to the municipal code regarding sales for city-owned property.  S.B. 985, sponsored by Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), provides home-rule municipalities the authority and option of entering into a contractual agreement with a licensed real estate broker for the sale of a tract of real property owned by the municipality. Prior to the law change, home-rule municipalities had
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83rd Regular Legislative Session, A Recap

Budget As is required by the Texas Constitution, lawmakers passed a balanced budget, and Comptroller Susan Combs has certified that it is indeed balanced. This is the only piece of legislation that has to pass during a legislative session, and this time around it was comprised of five different bills, Senate Bill 1 (budget), House Bill 6 (transparency), House Bill 7 (System Benefit Fund), House Bill 1025 (supplemental appropriations), and
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Deadline to Register for REALTOR Lobby Day is Friday, March 29, 2013 Get on the bus, or get left behind!

"When is it?" REALTOR® Lobby Day is Tuesday, April 9, 2013 "What exactly is REALTOR® Lobby Day?" Texas REALTORS® have many issues that we are keeping an eye on at the Texas Capitol during this Legislative Session, which started on January 8th. We count on our Texas Association of REALTORS® staff to be at the Capitol every day blowing the trumpet for our industry, but on one day, one VERY SPECIAL day