Posted on · Under Senate Bill 1750, the county clerk will take over management of elections, while the county tax assessor-collector will take charge of maintaining the county’s voter rolls.
Posted on · The state’s top civil court will still hear a challenge to Senate Bill 1750 on November 28. But Harris County Attorney Christian Menefee said that, once dismantled, the elections administrator’s office isn’t likely to be restored.
Posted on · Senate Bill 1750 was set to take effect September 1. It would require the county to get rid of its appointed elections administrator and shift the office’s functions back to the elected county clerk and county tax assessor-collector.
Posted on · The agreement, which could pass the Legislature by the end of the week, includes a $100,000 homestead exemption and a pilot project to limit appraisal growth to 20% on non-homesteaded properties worth $5 million or less.
Posted on · Senate leaders of both parties urged Speaker Dade Phelan to call the House back to Austin in time to get the package before voters this November.
Posted on · Among the bills lawmakers passed during the regular session are a measure that will abolish the Harris County Elections Administrator’s Office and another that will allow the Texas Secretary of State to impose “administrative oversight” of the county’s elections.
Posted on · Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and House Speaker Dade Phelan agree on raising homestead exemptions, but they’re diametrically opposed on reducing appraisal cap increases.
Posted on · Senate Bill 823 would give the secretary of state the power to replace an appointed elections administrator, while SB 1750 would abolish the office of elections administrator in Harris County, handing its duties back to a pair of elected officials.
Posted on · There’s broad, bipartisan support in the Texas Legislature for using the state’s record surplus to cut taxes, but the Senate and House are at odds on how to accomplish that goal.
Posted on · Senate Bill 2 would make illegal voting a felony again. Other Republican-authored bills, filed in response to the 2022 Harris County general election, could cost Elections Administrator Clifford Tatum his job.
Posted on · Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick and Senator Paul Bettencourt signaled potential friction with the House over the lower chamber’s proposal to use an appraisal cap to hold down property tax growth.
Posted on · State Senator Paul Bettencourt and State Representatives Briscoe Cain and Mike Schofield have filed identical bills that would force counties with more than 1 million residents to eliminate the appointed office, handing its functions over to elected officials.
Posted on · Senate Bill 2 would make illegal voting an offense punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. It’s one of several election-related bills before the Texas Legislature, several of which appear squarely aimed at Harris County.
Posted on · Republican officials contend last fall’s boycott of Harris County Commissioners Court was more than worth it, forcing cuts to what they saw as a bloated budget and granting relief to taxpayers burdened by inflation. But the bill is coming due in the form of starved departments and fewer services.
Posted on · Senate Bill 1 would use a state tax surplus to lower school district property tax rates by roughly 6.6 cents, translating to about $200 in savings for the owner of a $300,000 home.