Posted on · The second special session will focus solely on cutting property taxes.
Posted on · The House passed a bill without Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s preferred increase to homestead exemptions — then abruptly adjourned for the special session. That basically tells the Senate to take the House bill Gov. Greg Abbott backs or leave it.
Posted on · A House amendment preempting Houston’s 2% revenue cap has won support from the city’s Democratic representatives, as well as from Mayor Sylvester Turner.
Posted on · The House approved the bill designed to slow local property tax revenue growth, but made the bill contingent on the passage of a school finance bill, which is still pending in the Senate.
Posted on · The bill would cap the increase in property tax revenues at 2.5 percent per year. Governor Greg Abbott has designated the measure an emergency item for the legislative session.
Posted on · Senator Paul Bettencourt’s bill would limit annual property tax increases to 2.5 percent.
Posted on · Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick blamed House Speaker Joe Straus for the defeat of the Senate’s property tax and bathroom bills, indicating both would be issues in the 2018 elections.
Posted on · The bill approaching the House floor meets two of Governor Abbott’s key demands: Slow the pace of property tax hikes, and require voter approval if local governments seek higher increases.
Posted on · The House has repeatedly voted against vouchers, and in the regular session they did not even take a vote on the property tax measure.