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The 88th session of the legislature is in full swing and a record number of bills were introduced. As of the March 10th deadline, no more bills can be  introduced. The various Senate and House committee members have been appointed and bills are being/have been assigned to committees. Committee Hearings have started on the bills. The APATX Advocacy Committee working with our legislative advisor, Chris Sanchez of Salient Strategies, has once again created a 2023 AirTable of bills that they are monitoring. (See AirTable link below) It will be updated with the status of bills including committee hearing updates and votes as they occur.

The APATX Advocacy Committee is monitoring over 250 bills that have been determined to affect Planning and Development in Texas. The 250+ bills are in the AirTable and are divided into categories by the five subcommittees monitoring the legislation. Those subcommittees are Annexation and ETJ, Development Character (Zoning, Platting, Building Codes, etc.), Economic Development/Redevelopment, Environment, Housing, and Transportation. Following is the AirTable containing those bills and by using the search function, a bill can be easily found, with the subcommittee summary of the bill and their level of concern. There is also a link to the actual introduced bill itself, which makes it simple to look up a bill. Feel free to let us know of a bill that is not listed and should be of concern. Also, if you are aware of additional information that would be of interest to the APATX, please let us know.

Following the AirTable are legislative bill alerts in chronological order (most recent alert first) of bills that the Advocacy Committee seeks support of or opposition to, along with a position statement on the bill and whether testimony, letters of support/opposition or emails are needed. House or Senate Committee alerts will also have a link to the Committee members so APATX members can determine where they can be most effective.

Handy Links:

  1. Texas Legislature online - https://capitol.texas.gov/ (Has all links)
  2. Bill Lookup by number- https://capitol.texas.gov/BillLookup/BillNumber.aspx
  3. House Committees with links to member information - https://capitol.texas.gov/Committees/CommitteesMbrs.aspx?Chamber=H
  4. Senate Committees with links to member information – https://capitol.texas.gov/Committees/CommitteesMbrs.aspx?Chamber=S
  5. Committee meeting calendars and agendas - https://capitol.texas.gov/MnuCommittees.aspx
  6. House and Senate calendars - https://capitol.texas.gov/MnuCalendars.aspx


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SB 2349 - MUDs

HB14 - Third Party Reviews

SB 494 - Platting

HB 3697 - Platting and Master Thoroughfare Plans

HB 2018 - Development Application Shot Clock

SB 560 - Building Permits

HB 4018 - Environmental

HB 1526 - Parkland Dedication

HB 3859 - Beach Access

HB2374 - Emissions

SB 784 - Emissions

HB 1204 - Emergency Services Districts (ESDs)

HB 4275 - Annexation/Disannexation/ESDs

SB 369 - Disannexation

HB 4215 - ETJs (size)

HB 4175 - ETJs (service plans)

HB 1307 - ETJs/Disannexation

HB 5217 - ETJs

HB 1279 - ETJs

SB 2038 - ETJs

HB 4285 - Signs in ETJ

HB 3921 - Zoning

HB 3135 - Regulation Cost/Benefit Analysis

HB 2224 - Speed Limits

HB 1855 - Safety Corridors

HB 1068 - Vertical Hazards

HB 2198 - Building Heights

HB 2789 - ADUs

SB 149 - Local Landuse Regulations

HB 2750 - Zoning Notices

HB 2367 - Amenity Rentals

HB 3490 - Nonconforming Uses

APATX AirTable Legislative Tracker (Real-Time)

APATX continues to follow the 88th Legislative session and is tracking a number of bills related to planning and development in Texas. Contact texasapa@gmail.com if you are aware of any legislation that is not on this list but should be reviewed by a legislative committee.