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Committee: Senate Intergovernmental Relations
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report to the 82nd Texas Legislature / Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations.
Subjects: Comptroller of Public Accounts campaigns and elections | County government | Emergency services districts | Extraterritorial jurisdiction | Homeowners' associations | Hospitals | Housing and Community Affairs, Texas Department of | Land use regulations | Local government consolidation | Municipal annexation | Municipal government | Municipal utility districts | Open government | Physician shortages | Physicians | Property rights | Public improvement districts | Real property | Zoning |
Library Call Number: L1836.81 L786
Session: 81st R.S. (2009)
Online version: View report [437 pages  File size: 17,266 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study current law governing homeowners associations with respect to ensuring that homeowners are given adequate protections against unfair foreclosures and are given proper channels for redress in case of foreclosure.
2. Monitor the proliferation of municipal utility districts (MUDs) outside the corporate limits or extraterritorial jurisdiction of municipalities and whether increased oversight of these districts by other political subdivisions is needed. Review the process for the creation of municipal utility districts (MUDs) through the template developed during the 81 st Legislative Session, including any changes needed to increase the efficiency and oversight over the creation of proposed districts. Review the process for creating special districts, including whether the creation of a template, similar to the one created for municipal utility districts (MUDs), is feasible and would enable the legislature to more effectively evaluate other proposed special districts during future Sessions.
3. Review the process and costs for local governments to make government information available online. Consider ways to encourage local governments to provide more transparency, including the Comptroller's experience with transparency and her offer to assist local governments, and consider penalties for entities that fail to comply with the online requirement.
4. Assess ways to facilitate property ownership registration to better enable individuals to participate in federal programs and make recommendations to improve processing times to provide improved access to funds.
5. Study the reasons for and the impacts of hospitals directly hiring physicians. Examine practices in other states. Make recommendations, if needed, to permit hospitals to directly hire physicians.
6. Review state and local policies related to development and growth in rural and unincorporated regions of the state with regard to annexation and zoning authority. Focus on impacts to private property rights. Determine the appropriateness of existing extraterritorial jurisdiction authority. Make recommendations regarding possible changes to this authority.
7. Review the types of support state government can provide to assist local government consolidations with county governments. Evaluate budget implications for city and county government consolidations. Research the appropriateness and cost savings of eliminating duplicity between city and county governments in different regions of the state.
8. Review the statutory authority granted to municipal management districts (MMDs) and to emergency service districts (ESDs), the authority of municipalities and counties to create public improvement districts (PIDs). Determine whether the authority granted for each entity is adequate to accomplish the goals of local governments. Assess whether the consolidation of ESDs under one statute would improve uniformity and provision of fire and emergency services through these districts.
9. Monitor the implementation oflegislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations, 81st Legislature, Regular and Called Sessions, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation.
  • Monitor the use of the expanded funds provided by the 81 st Legislature to the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs.
Committee: House Land and Resource Management
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Land and Resource Management, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2008 : a report to the House of Representatives, 81st Texas Legislature
Subjects: Eminent domain | General Land Office | Land use regulations | Municipal annexation | Municipalities | Property rights | Real property | School Land Board | Wind power |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 L229
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [191 pages  File size: 20,998 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Examine the authority of the General Land Office, the School Land Board, and similar state agencies to engage in various types of real estate transactions, and determine the appropriateness of this authority.
2. Observe and study ongoing litigation and actions by condemning authorities in light of the Kelo decision and make recommendations for changes in eminent domain law needed to protect private property rights. Specifically, examine the body of law used to determine the amount of compensation property owners receive when their land is condemned, in whole or part, and determine the appropriateness of this scheme as compared to others.
3. Research annexation practices in the state to determine whether municipalities are abiding by both the spirit and the letter of the state's annexation laws, thereby maintaining a proper balance between municipal governments and individual residents.
4. Examine the effectiveness of the Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act (Chapter 2007, Government Code).
5. Study and evaluate policies held by other states in relation to how they treat wind resources as a property right.
6. Examine recent attempts by municipalities to exert regulatory authority beyond city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction. Evaluate the current relationship between and possible conflicts related to regulatory authority expressly given to state agencies by the legislature and regulatory authority delegated to home-rule municipalities. (Joint Interim Charge with the House Committee on County Affairs.)
7. Monitor the agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction.
Committee: House Business and Industry Subcommittee on Real Estate
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: A report to the House of Representatives of the 64th Legislature / by the Subcommittee on the Regulation of Real Estate of the Committee on Business and Industry.
Subjects: Real Estate Commission, Texas | Real estate law | Real property |
Library Call Number: L1836.63 r229
Session: 63rd R.S. (1973)
Online version: View report [24 pages  File size: 620 kb]
Charge: This report should address the charge below.
1. Make a thorough study, during the legislative interim, of the real estate industry in Texas. The Committee shall include in its report a study of the following: (1) the present Texas laws regulating the real estate industry; (2) the involvement of the Securities Board in the real estate field and the impact which such involvement has had; (3) the involvement of the Securities and Exchange Commission and other federal agencies in the real estate field in Texas and the conflict, if any, such involvement had caused with real estate laws in Texas; (4) present licensing requirements and the need for additional requirements to further protect the consumers of Texas; (5) the need and desirability of strengthening the law relating to those persons not having licenses to sell real estate sharing commissions and finders' fees; (6) the need for implementation of heavier penalties for violations of real estate laws; and (7) such other topics and information relating to the real estate industry in Texas with the view toward further protection fo the consumer as the committee deem necessary.

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