Texas House OKs property tax bill cities oppose

Bruno Cirelli
Agosto 13, 2017

Under state Rep. Giovanni Capriglione's House Bill 13, those requirements would get more strict: Physicians would have to submit reports to the state health commission within three days that include detailed information such as the patient's year of birth, race, marital status, state and county of residence, and the date of her last menstrual cycle. Introduced by Republican Senator Lois Kolkhorst, the bill would prohibit transgender people from using the bathroom of their choice in public schools and local government buildings, but not state buildings and public universities. The bill, he said, would provide more transparency to voters about how the tax process works. "It's not meant to, and anyone who suggests that it is giving you bad information", Bonnen said as he outlined the bill for the House.

The Senate has set the rate at 4 percent and the differences will have to be worked out. But because the measures differ from the versions passed out of their respective original chambers, they could require conference committees made up of House and Senate members if the chambers are unwilling to accept the other's changes. School districts, which already have automatic rollback elections, wouldn't be affected.

Bonnen said the only way he could get the bill out of the House Ways & Means and the Calendars committees and on to the full House was to promise that he wouldn't let the election trigger go lower than 6 percent and wouldn't agree to any amendments.

And the House gave an initial nod to the Senate's local annexation bill, but not without adding a contentious provision that allows citizens who live within 5 miles of military bases to vote on proposed annexation - as long as the city still has the ability to regulate the area around those bases.

On Friday, the Senate Education Committee, chaired by state Sen.

The 6 percent threshold was more palatable than 4 percent to some, including Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

"Senate Bill 1 does not provide relief for taxpayers".

Rep. Diana Arévalo, D-San Antonio, is among the bill's opponents.

"There's been a specific concern raised to me from cities and counties that this is going to negatively impact public safety".

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