Dear Good People,
It's that time of the biennium again! The Texas Legislature's in Session, for the 85th time since Texas became a State.
As I've done for the last six Sessions, I'll periodically report on bills that seem likely to affect the creation and operation of common interest developments in Texas - subdivisions and condominiums - anything with mandatory membership and assessments.
Lawmakers began filing bills three months ago, in advance of the 85th Session which began one month ago. Most 2017 bills will be filed during the next 30 days.
Of the bills filed through last week, I've identified nine POA-specific law changes in four bills - all House Bills:
HB 522 by Schofield (attorney from Houston area - Katy)
HB 755 by Parker (from Flower Mound in Denton County)
HB 923 by Shaheen (from Plano in Collin County)
HB 1341 by Munoz, Jr. (attorney from Hidalgo County - Mission)
One of the four bills - HB 1341 - is an
OMNIBUS BILL with six unrelated parts, each of which could be a separate bill.
By sharing one bill number, the six parts don't attract as much attention as six bills would. There will be only one hearing for the one Omnibus Bill number. Six bills would have meant six hearings ~ and more scrutiny. (If I accidentally type "Ominous Bill," you'll know why.)
Like the many previous Omnibus Bills in the POA realm, HB 1341 has such a broad caption (subject thumbnail) that it's likely to be a vehicle for amendments as it moves through the chambers. What, you ask, is the caption of HB 1341? Here comes . . .
"relating to property owners' associations"
LOL! There is no broader caption for POA bills. HB 1341 has the makings of a shape shifter.
Enough chit-chat. Let's get down to business. I've attached a 3-page
- my first of this Session, so you haven't missed anything. The first two pages cover the nine POA-specific law changes. The third page is devoted to the Omnibus Bill, so you can see all six parts at a glance.
This is my seventh Session reporting on POA Bills. Here's hoping it's a dreadfully dull Session, POA-wise. The fewer new laws the better.