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City of College Station
83rd Texas Legislature
June 27, 2013
Legislative Snapshot
More than 5,800 bills filed
1,437 bills passed
26 bills vetoed by Governor Perry
‣95 Republicans, 55 ...
College Station Interests
HB 3296 The “Kyle Field” bill; revises the hotel occupancy rate in
Brazos County for the purpose...
• State Budget
$196.9 billion two-year budget representing a 3.7% increase
over the current budget.
• $3.4 billion in addi...
• Education
HB 5 - Revises graduation programs, reduces the number of end-
of-course (EOC) assessments for students and im...
• Open Meetings/Open Records
HB 2414 - Authorizes a member of a governmental body to
participate remotely in a meeting by ...
• Tax
HB 500 - Makes revisions to the franchise tax including
making permanent the $1 million small business tax
exemption...
• Transparency
HB 13 - Requires new duties of the Pension Review Board
including the online posting of the most recent fin...
• Water
HB 4/SJR 1 – Establishes the State Water Implementation
Fund for Texas (SWIFT) including $2 billion from the Rainy...
Failed Interests
•Campus Carry Legislation
•Newspaper Publication Legislation
•Payday Lending
•Sales & Use Tax Exemption f...
1st Called Special Session
Governor Perry immediately convened the Legislature for a special session
May 27th following th...
2nd Called Special Session
Governor Perry announced yesterday afternoon that he is
convening the Legislature for a second ...
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  1. 1. City of College Station 83rd Texas Legislature June 27, 2013
  2. 2. Legislative Snapshot More than 5,800 bills filed 1,437 bills passed 26 bills vetoed by Governor Perry ‣95 Republicans, 55 Democrats in the Texas House ‣19 Republicans, 12 Democrats in the Texas Senate Legislative Snapshot More than 5,800 bills filed 1,437 bills passed 26 bills vetoed by Governor Perry ‣95 Republicans, 55 Democrats in the Texas House ‣19 Republicans, 12 Democrats in the Texas Senate
  3. 3. College Station Interests HB 3296 The “Kyle Field” bill; revises the hotel occupancy rate in Brazos County for the purposes of renovating Kyle Field. EFFECTIVE 6.14 HB 3474 and HB 3475 Creates the Rock Prairie Municipal Management Districts No. 1 and 2. EFFECTIVE 6.14
  4. 4. • State Budget $196.9 billion two-year budget representing a 3.7% increase over the current budget. • $3.4 billion in additional money for schools through the Foundation School Program • $259 million in new state funding for mental health programs • $3.9 billion from the Rainy Day Fund to finance water projects, deferral payments to schools and wildfire fighting
  5. 5. • Education HB 5 - Revises graduation programs, reduces the number of end- of-course (EOC) assessments for students and implements other changes related to accountability, assessment, and curriculum in public schools. VARIOUS EFFECTIVE DATES •Elections HB 259 - Permits electioneering on the premises of a building used as a polling place outside specified areas with reasonable regulations concerning time, place, and manner of electioneering. EFFECTIVE 6.14 SB 553 - Allows certain high school students to serve as early voting clerks. EFFECTIVE 6.14
  6. 6. • Open Meetings/Open Records HB 2414 - Authorizes a member of a governmental body to participate remotely in a meeting by videoconference call and authorizes a governmental body to hold a meeting by videoconference call. EFFECTIVE 6.14 SB 1297 - Permits a governmental body to create an online message board and clarifies that these message boards do not constitute a public meeting as long as they meet the criteria described by the bill. EFFECTIVE 9.1 SB 1368 - Revises the open records act by specifying that electronic messages dealing with official business are public. EFFECTIVE 9.1
  7. 7. • Tax HB 500 - Makes revisions to the franchise tax including making permanent the $1 million small business tax exemption and makes a temporary reduction in the franchise tax for all businesses for the next two years. VARIOUS EFFECTIVE DATES HB 800 - Reinstates the sales and use tax exemption for certain research and development activities and establishes a franchise tax credit to entities performing qualified research and development activities. EFFECTIVE 1.1.14
  8. 8. • Transparency HB 13 - Requires new duties of the Pension Review Board including the online posting of the most recent financial data received from public retirement systems and to notify local officials of noncompliance. EFFECTIVE 5/24 SB 637 - Requires bond election proposals to include the purpose of the bond election, the total amount of outstanding bond obligations and interest in the local community, and the estimated property tax rate required to pay off the debt on the bonds. EFFECTIVE 9/1 SB 656 Adds requirements to the municipal budgeting process including the approval of an adopted budget through a record vote. The adopted budget is required to include a cover page with specific, statutorily required information. EFFECTIVE 9/1
  9. 9. • Water HB 4/SJR 1 – Establishes the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) including $2 billion from the Rainy Day Fund. It requires a constitutional amendment to use the money from the Rainy Day Fund (SJR 1) to be voted on in November 2013. HB 4 EFFECTIVE DATE 9.1
  10. 10. Failed Interests •Campus Carry Legislation •Newspaper Publication Legislation •Payday Lending •Sales & Use Tax Exemption for College Textbooks •Transportation Funding
  11. 11. 1st Called Special Session Governor Perry immediately convened the Legislature for a special session May 27th following the regular session. The special session was initially restricted to ratifying and adopting the interim redistricting plans ordered by the federal district court for the Texas House and Senate and United States House of Representatives. These three bills passed and were signed by the governor yesterday, May 26th. The session was subsequently expanded to include transportation funding on June 10th and further expanded the following day to include the regulation of abortion procedures and facilities and establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17 year-old offender. None of these other issues passed in time to satisfy the constitutionally imposed 30 day limit on special sessions. The first called special session ended in the Senate early Wednesday morning without resolution. Governor Perry immediately convened the Legislature for a special session May 27th following the regular session. The special session was initially restricted to ratifying and adopting the interim redistricting plans ordered by the federal district court for the Texas House and Senate and United States House of Representatives. These three bills passed and were signed by the governor yesterday, May 26th. The session was subsequently expanded to include transportation funding on June 10th and further expanded the following day to include the regulation of abortion procedures and facilities and establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committed by a 17 year-old offender. None of these other issues passed in time to satisfy the constitutionally imposed 30 day limit on special sessions. The first called special session ended in the Senate early Wednesday morning without resolution.
  12. 12. 2nd Called Special Session Governor Perry announced yesterday afternoon that he is convening the Legislature for a second special session beginning Monday, July 1st at 2 p.m. The special session includes the following issues: •Legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities. •Legislation relating to the funding of transportation infrastructure projects. •Legislation relating to establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committee by a 17 year-old offender. Governor Perry announced yesterday afternoon that he is convening the Legislature for a second special session beginning Monday, July 1st at 2 p.m. The special session includes the following issues: •Legislation relating to the regulation of abortion procedures, providers and facilities. •Legislation relating to the funding of transportation infrastructure projects. •Legislation relating to establishing a mandatory sentence of life with parole for a capital felony committee by a 17 year-old offender.

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