2021 TLTA Bills of Interest

COVID

All of these bills seek to modify the emergency powers of state officials.
  • HB 3

  • Burrows
    Relating to state and local government responses to a pandemic disaster.
  • HB 327

  • Howard
    Relating to the Internet broadcast or audio recording of certain open meetings.
  • HB 629

  • White
    Relating to the governor's power to control the sale, dispensing, transportation, storage, and use of alcoholic beverages, ammunition, explosives, combustibles, and weapons.
  • HB 905

  • Krause
    Relating to the compensation of certain public officials who restrict or prohibit regular business operations under a declaration of disaster.
  • HB 906

  • Krause
    Relating to a prohibition on orders issued during a declared state of disaster that distinguish between essential and nonessential services.
  • HB 1487

  • Dean
    Relating to the protection of religious organizations.
  • HB 1656

  • Murphy
    Relating to certain orders, proclamations, and regulations issued in response to a disaster by the governor or the presiding officer of the governing body of a political subdivision.
  • HB 1978

  • Toth
    Relating to a state of disaster declared by the governor because of COVID-19.
  • HB 3781

  • Tinderholt
    Relating to a prohibition on executive orders issued during a declared state of disaster that prohibit a business or category of businesses from operating.
  • HB 3783

  • Tinderholt
    Relating to the penalty for violating certain executive orders, proclamations, or regulations issued by the governor.
  • HB 3784

  • Tinderholt
    Relating to the penalty for a violation of an emergency management plan.
  • HB 3785

  • Tinderholt
    Relating to the governor's authority to suspend regulatory statutes, orders, and rules during a declared state of disaster.
  • HJR 42

  • Toth
    Proposing a constitutional amendment regarding certain powers of the governor in issuing orders or proclamations and specifying the powers of the legislature in special sessions.
  • HJR 47

  • Krause
    Proposing a constitutional amendment requiring the governor to convene the legislature in special session following certain disaster or emergency declarations and specifying the powers of the legislature in special sessions.
  • SB 18

  • Creighton
    Relating to authority of the governor and certain political subdivisions to regulate firearms, ammunition, knives, air guns, explosives and combustibles and certain associated businesses during certain disasters and emergencies. HB 1500 and HB 2249 by Hefner are identical and are both companions to SB 18.
  • SB 329

  • Paxton
    Relating to a credit against the ad valorem taxes imposed on the property of certain businesses that are required to close by an order, proclamation, or other instrument.
  • SB 525

  • Buckingham
    Relating to an emergency rule adopted by a state agency during certain periods of disaster.
  • SB 1025

  • Birdwell
    Relating to the authority of the Legislature and Governor with respect to certain disaster or emergency declarations.

Electronic Filing

  • HB 947

  • Sherman
    Relating to the electronic filing with and the recording by county clerks of records conveying title to or an interest in real property.
  • HB 948

  • Sherman
    Relating to the authentication and recording of instruments conveying real property.
  • HB 949

  • Sherman
    Relating to the electronic filing with and the recording by county clerks of records conveying or purporting to convey title to or an interest in real property.

Eminent Domain

  • HB 452

  • Gonzalez
    Relating to a study regarding the feasibility of creating a mechanism by which a governmental entity could acquire small parcels of real property in an area and convey them to a developer.
  • HB 901

  • Burns
    Relating to the acquisition of real property by an entity with eminent domain authority.
  • HB 902

  • Burns
    Relating to the acquisition of real property by an entity with eminent domain authority; requiring an occupational license; authorizing a fee; providing a civil penalty; imposing a criminal penalty. HB 901 and 902 by Burns are repeat bills from 2019, lengthy in nature seeking to modify the eminent domain process.
  • HB 1879

  • Schofield
    Relating to establishing actual progress for the purpose of determining the right to repurchase real property from a condemning entity Amends Property Code Section 21.101(b).
  • HB 2041

  • Leman
    Relating to the disclosure of appraisal reports in connection with the use of eminent domain authority. Companion to SB 721.
  • HB 2042

  • Leman
    Relating to certain requirements in connection with the acquisition of real property for public use by an entity with eminent domain authority. Companion to SB 723.
  • HB 2043

  • Leman
    Relating to the qualification of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as agricultural land and the liability for the additional tax imposed on such land if the use of the land changes as a result of a condemnation. Companion to SB 725.
  • HB 2044

  • Leman
    Relating to establishing actual progress for the purposes of determining the right to repurchase real property from a condemning entity. Companion to SB 726.
  • HB 2730

  • Deshotel
    Relating to the acquisition of real property by an entity with eminent domain authority.
  • HB 3309

  • Harris
    Relating to options contracts to acquire real property for high-speed rail projects.
  • HB 3310

  • Ellzey
    Relating to the acquisition of necessary real property for the construction of a high-speed rail project.
  • HB 3311

  • Ellzey
    Relating to the composition of the statewide passenger rail system coordinated by the Texas Dept. of Transportation.
  • HB 3312

  • Harris
    Relating to the disposition of real property acquired for high-speed rail projects.
  • HB 3385

  • Rogers
    Relating to a landowner's bill of rights statement in connection with the acquisition of real property through eminent domain.
  • HB 4107

  • Burrows
    Relating to the exercise of the power of eminent domain by a common carrier pipeline.
  • HJR 92

  • Schofield
    Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendments.
  • HJR 93

  • Schofield
    Eminent Domain Constitutional Amendments.
  • SB 157

  • Perry
    Relating to eminent domain reporting requirements for certain entities. Reporting requirement for governmental entities regarding eminent domain.
  • SB 721

  • Schwertner
    Relating to the disclosure of appraisal reports in connection with the use of eminent domain authority. Companion to HB 2041.
  • SB 722

  • Schwertner
    Relating to the failure to disclose certain appraisal reports by an entity with eminent domain authority in connection with an offer to acquire real property.
  • SB 723

  • Schwertner
    Relating to certain requirements in connection with the acquisition of real property for public use by an entity with eminent domain authority. Companion to HB 2042.
  • SB 724

  • Schwertner
    Relating to the award of attorney's fees and other costs in an eminent domain proceeding.
  • SB 725

  • Schwertner
    Relating to the qualification of land for appraisal for ad valorem tax purposes as agricultural land and the liability for the additional tax imposed on such land if the use of the land changes as a result of a condemnation. Companion to HB 2043.
  • SB 726

  • Schwertner
    Relating to establishing actual progress for the purposes of determining the right to repurchase real property from a condemning entity. Companion to HB 2044.
  • SB 986

  • Kolkhorst
    Relating to the acquisition of real property by an entity with eminent domain authority.
  • SB 1842

  • Eckhardt
    Relating to the possession of property to be acquired by eminent domain during pending litigation in a condemnation proceeding.

Foreclosure

  • HB 2013

  • Reynolds
    Relating to provision of a verified accounting for actions involving foreclosure of a lien on residential real property or recovery on a consumer credit account.

Privacy

  • HB 3535

  • Hunter
    Relating to the availability of dates of birth under the public information law. SB 926 by Zaffirini is companion bill.
  • HB 3741

  • Capriglione
    Relating to the personal identifying information collected, processed, or maintained by certain businesses.
  • HB 3744

  • Capriglione
    Relating to the prohibited use or dissemination of certain private or false information.
  • HB 3746

  • Capriglione
    Relating to certain notifications required following a breach of security of computerized data.
  • HB 3892

  • Capriglione
    Relating to matters concerning governmental entities, including cybersecurity, governmental efficiencies, information resources, and emergency planning.
  • HB 4164

  • Capriglione
    Relating to the authority of individuals over the personal identifying information collected, processed, or maintained about the individuals and certain others by certain businesses.
  • SB 56

  • Zaffirini
    Relating to the availability of personal information of a current or former federal prosecutor or public defender. Extension of Judge Kocurek protection bill from prior session.
  • SB 926

  • Zaffirini
    Relating to the availability of dates of birth under the public information law.

Power of Attorney

  • HB 2662

  • Krause
    Relating to the elimination of certain regulations waived during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

Public Records

HB 485 and SB 214 are companion bills from Harris County legislators providing for a judicial removal of certain unconstitutional/discriminatory provisions in real property records. SB 222 by Hughes of East Texas addresses the same subject matter but provides for a non-judicial approach through a form submitted to the County Clerk.  
  • HB 485

  • Wu
    Relating to the removal of certain unconstitutional provisions from real property records. 
  • HB 1202

  • Jetton
    Relating to the amendment of a dedicatory instrument to remove a discriminatory provision---Provides a process for removal of discriminatory provisions, including for property owners’ associations.
  • HB 1440

  • Schafer
    Relating to the availability of personal information of individuals who are honorably retired from certain law enforcement positions.
  • HB 1483

  • Johnson
    Relating to the redaction of an unconstitutional restriction from an instrument conveying an interest in real property.
  • HB 2131

  • Ellzey
    Relating to the retention of instruments recorded in property records of a county.
  • HB 2274

  • Johnson
    Relating to the extension or amendment of deed restrictions in certain older subdivisions. 8-page bill amending Section 216 of the Property Code.
  • HB 2414

  • Davis
    Relating to the requirement that a person present photo identification to file a document in the real property records of a county.
  • HB 2591

  • Leach
    Relating to the removal of certain unconstitutional provisions from real property records.
  • HB 3458

  • White
    Relating to expunging federal tax liens from county deed records.
  • HB 4255

  • Morales-Shaw
    Relating to the removal of certain unconstitutional provisions from real property records.
  • HB 4347

  • Hefner
    Relating to address confidentiality on certain documents for certain federal officials and family members of certain federal officials or federal or state court judges. Companion bill to SB 1134.
  • SB 16

  • Nelson
    Relating to prohibitions on the dissemination by a state agency of an individual's personal data.
  • SB 30

  • West
    Relating to the removal of certain discriminatory restrictions and provisions from certain real property records--Priority Senate Bill. Companion to SB 222. TLTA Position: Support
  • SB 214

  • Whitmire
    Relating to the removal of certain unconstitutional provisions from real property records. 
  • SB 222

  • Hughes
    Relating to the removal of certain discriminatory restrictions and provisions from certain real property records. Companion to SB 30. 
  • SB 602

  • Kolkhorst
    Relating to the amendment of a dedicatory instrument to remove a discriminatory provision. Companion to HB 1202.
  • SB 754

  • Miles
    Relating to the amendment of a dedicatory instrument to remove a discriminatory provision. Companion to HB 1202 and SB 602.
  • SB 1134

  • Hughes
    Relating to address confidentiality on certain documents for certain federal officials and family members of certain federal officials or federal or state court judges. Companion bill to HB 4347.

Real Estate Transactions

  • HB 84

  • Hinojosa
    Relating to the authority of municipalities to enact a requirement that establishes the sales price for certain housing units or residential lots. This bill repeals Local Government Code section 214.905.
  • HB 151

  • Landgraf
    Relating to exercise of authority by a personal representative of a decedent's estate without court approval. Expands rights of personal representatives in specific situations.
  • HB 216

  • Ortega
    Relating to residential mortgage loans, including the financing of residential real estate purchases by means of a wrap mortgage loan. A 17-page bill making extensive changes to wrap around mortgages.
  • HB 531

  • Walle
    Relating to notice requirements for a leased dwelling located in a floodplain. Applicable to landlord-tenant relationships.
  • HB 654

  • Lucio
    Relating to the rule against perpetuities. Amends Property Code 112.036 as to non-charitable trusts by extending the vesting date to 300 years. Companion to SB 1377. TLTA Position: Neutral
  • HB 875

  • Lopez
    Relating to the prohibition of housing discrimination on the basis of age or certain housing needs and to the enforcement of that prohibition. Amends Property Code 301.003 regarding age discrimination/certain housing needs.
  • HB 1059

  • Stephenson
    Relating to a seller's disclosure of the location of certain real property in a floodplain. Applies to transactions less than 15 acres that do not contain a residence or a residence under construction. Companion to SB 461.
  • HB 1129

  • Lopez
    Relating to false, misleading, or deceptive advertising made in connection with a reverse mortgage loan agreement.
  • HB 1418

  • Leach
    Companion to SB 219 (place on same line as SB 219 indicating it is a companion bill).
  • HB 1659

  • Murphy
    Relating to the amendment of a residential subdivision's declaration to affect certain types of property located in the subdivision.
  • HB 1679

  • Romero
    Relating to the survival of a mechanic's retainage lien after the foreclosure of a lien securing a construction loan This bill is similar to a 2019 M&M lien bill by Rep. Romero which was heard in committee but was left pending by the Chair. TLTA Position: Neutral
  • HB 1939

  • Smith
    Relating to the limitations periods for certain suits against real estate appraisers and appraisal firms.
  • HB 1959

  • Swanson
    Relating to the maintenance of records and charging of fees by a notary public.
  • HB 1977

  • Parker
    Relating to the applicability of certain limitations on the capture and use of biometric identifiers to financial institutions.
  • HB 1993

  • Holland
    Relating to seller's disclosures regarding fuel gas piping in residential real property.
  • HB 2237

  • Burrows
    Relating to mechanic's, contractor's or materialman's liens. 38-page bills making substantive changes to M&M lien law.
  • HB 2240

  • Smithee
    Relating to the disbursement of funds from a trust fund account by a title insurance company, title insurance agent, or escrow officer. Amends good funds definition in Insurance Code. Companion bill to SB 1958. TLTA Position: Neutral
  • HB 2284

  • Toth
    Relating to the physical presence of a borrower at the closing of a home equity loan.
  • HB 2424

  • Murr
    Relating to the definition of homestead. Amends Property Code definition of homestead.
  • HB 2427

  • Murr
    Relating to the transfer of certain probate proceedings to the county in which the executor or administrator of a decedent's estate resides. Companion to SB 156.
  • HB 2533

  • Darby
    Relating to performance of an evaluation of real property for use by a financial institution. Companion to SB 996.
  • HB 2621

  • Murr
    Relating to the limitation on the amount of a subcontractor’s line for labor or materials. Amends Property Code Section 53.024
  • HB 2921

  • Middleton
    Relating to applicability of the Private Real Property Rights Preservation Act to certain statutes relating to access to public beaches.
  • HB 3069

  • Holland
    Relating to statutes of limitation and repose for certain claims involving the construction or repair of an improvement to real property or equipment attached to real property.
  • HB 3115

  • Shine
    Relating to the release of a judgment lien on homestead property. Companion bill to SB 1594. TLTA Legislative Priority - TLTA Position: Support
  • HB 3278

  • Noble
    Relating to the release of a deed of trust or other contract lien securing a home loan after payoff by mortgagor. Sets time period for a mortgagee to either file a release of lien or to provide such to the mortgagor.
  • HB 3320

  • Landgraf
    Relating to the effect of recording a quitclaim deed. Companion to SB 885 by Hughes. TLTA Legislative Priority - TLTA Position: Support
  • HB 3367

  • Turner
    Relating to the powers and duties of property ownership associations.
  • HB 3472

  • Deshotel
    Relating to the investment and use of excess residentialmortgage loan originator recovery fund fees. Companion bill to SB 1791.
  • HB 3800

  • Darby
    Relating to the release of a reversionary interest in certain real property by the Health and Human Services Commission and conditions related to that release. Local bill for West Texas. Companion bill to SB 1652.
  • HB 3817

  • Hunter
    Relating to the procedure for conducting surveys of public land, including the requirements regarding field notes and coordinate systems. Companion bill to SB 1072.
  • HB 4374

  • Cyrier
    Relating to the use of executory contracts for the purchase of land to be used as a residence in certain counties. Companion bill to SB 1556.
  • HB 4551

  • Guillen
    Relating to the creation of a commission to study land titles.
  • HJR 104

  • Toth
    Proposing a constitutional amendment authorizing the legislature to provide for exceptions to the requirement that a home equity loan be closed only at the office of the lender, an attorney at law, or a title company. HJR is constitutional amendment for HB 2284.
  • SB 43

  • Zaffirini
    Relating to residential mortgage loans, including the financing of residential real estate purchases by means of a wrap mortgage loan. Not listed as companion to HB 216 but quite similar.
  • SB 156

  • Perry
    Relating to the transfer of certain probate proceedings to the county in which the executor or administrator of a decedent's estate resides. Repeat of 2019 filed bill seeking to ease the burden of court appointed executors or administrators.
  • SB 219

  • Hughes
    Relating to civil liability and responsibility for the consequences of defects in the plans, specifications, or related documents for the construction or repair of an improvement to real property. Companion to HB 1418.
  • SB 359

  • Miles
    Relating to a credit against the ad valorem taxes imposed on the property of certain businesses that are required to close by an order, proclamation, or other instrument.
  • SB 360

  • Miles
    Relating to the release of a deed of trust or other contract lien securing a home loan after direct payoff by mortgagor. Requires a release to be provided by a mortgagee to a mortgagor or filed with the county clerk within 45 days of full payment. Does not apply to a payment of a home loan made on behalf of a mortgagor by a title company or an authorized title insurance agent.
  • SB 362

  • Miles
    Relating to the satisfaction of a reverse mortgage loan after the death of the last surviving borrower. Requires a minimum six-month period before foreclosure following death of last surviving borrower.
  • SB 363

  • Miles
    Relating to prohibiting daily simple interest home loans. Adds Finance Code Section 343.107 which prohibits daily simple interest home loans.
  • SB 461

  • Kolkhorst
    Relating to a seller's disclosure of the location of certain real property in a floodplain. Companion to HB 1059.
  • SB 765

  • Huffman
    Relating to seller's disclosures regarding the proximity of certain residential real property to certain landfills and related facilities.
  • SB 885

  • Hughes
    Relating to the effect of recording a quitclaim deed--After 4th anniversary of recording a quit claim deed, it does not affect the question of a good faith purchaser/creditor and is not notice of any unrecorded conveyance or transfer or encumbrance on the real property. TLTA Legislative Priority - TLTA Position: Support
  • SB 996

  • Nichols
    Relating to performance of an evaluation of real property for use by a financial institution. Companion to HB 2533.
  • SB 1072

  • Hinojosa
    Relating to the procedure for conducting surveys of public land, including the requirements regarding field notes and coordinate systems. Companion bill to HB 3817.
  • SB 1377

  • Johnson
    Relating to the rule against perpetuities. Companion bill to HB 654. TLTA Position: Neutral
  • SB 1556

  • Zaffirini
    Relating to the use of executory contracts for the purchase of land to be used as a residence in certain counties. Bill limited to small south Texas county. Companion bill to HB 4374.
  • SB 1588

  • Hughes
    Relating to the powers and duties of property owners' associations. Companion bill to HB 3367.
  • SB 1594

  • Buckingham
    Relating to the release of a judgment lien on homestead property. Companion bill to HB 3115. TLTA Legislative Priority - TLTA Position: Support
  • SB 1637

  • Miles
    Relating to the delivery of a deed to a grantee and to the recording of a deed.
  • SB 1639

  • Miles
    Relating to remedies for fraud and duress in the conveyance of real property.
  • SB 1640

  • Miles
    Relating to requiring witnesses to sign an instrument conveying real property interest. Bill requires a deed to be executed with requirements similar to the execution of a will.
  • SB 1652

  • Seliger
    Relating to the release of a reversionary interest in certain real property by the Health and Human Services Commission and conditions related to that release. Companion bill to HB 3800.
  • SB 1791

  • Lucio
    Relating to the investment and use of excess residential mortgage loan originator recovery fund fees. Companion bill to HB 3472.
  • SB 1874

  • Miles
    Relating to the duty of a county clerk to send a copy of a recorded deed to the grantor.
  • SB 1875

  • Miles
    Relating to the requirement for a deed to include a statement regarding certain fraudulent conveyances or recordings.
  • SB 1932

  • Hughes
    Relating to durable powers of attorney and the construction of certain powers conferred in those powers of attorney.
  • SB 1958

  • Creighton
    Relating to the disbursement of funds from a trust fund account by a title insurance company, title insurance agent, or escrow officer. Companion bill to HB 2240. TLTA Position: Neutral

Sales Price Disclosure

  • HB 203

  • Bernal
    Relating to a study of the impact, feasibility, and advisability of adopting a property tax system in which the disclosure of the sales price of real property is required by law.
  • HB 1101

  • Beckley
    Relating to mandatory sales price disclosure in real property sales. Disallows an instrument to be filed without disclosing the sales price, provides a penalty.
  • HB 3260

  • Thierry
    Relating to ad valorem taxation, including the disclosure of the sales price of real property to use in appraising property for ad valorem tax purposes and the effect of an unfunded mandate on the use by a political subdivision. Bill allows for a county wide election regarding sales price disclosure.
  • HB 3939

  • Talarico
    Relating to a requirement that a purchaser of commercial real property disclose the sales price of the property to the appraisal district and to the use of that information by the appraisal district.

Tax Issues

  • HB 533

  • Shine
    Relating to ad valorem tax sales of personal property seized under a tax warrant.
  • HB 1347

  • Goodwin
    Relating to the authority of a political subdivision to impose certain fees on new construction. Repeals linkage fees prohibition in Local Government Code Section 250.008
  • HB 1395

  • Middleton
    Relating to ad valorem taxation. 95-page bill on ad valorem taxation.
  • HB 1543

  • Parker
    Relating to certain procedural requirements for public improvement districts and transfers of property located in public improvement districts.
  • HB 1628

  • Raymond
    Relating to the correction of an ad valorem tax appraisal roll and related appraisal records.
  • HB 1733

  • Krause
    Relating to insurance premium tax credits for investments supporting agriculture and rural development projects.
  • HB 1789

  • Vasut
    Relating to the authority of an appraisal review board to direct changes in the appraisal roll and related appraisal records if a residence homestead is sold for less than the appraised value.
  • HB 2014

  • Lucio
    Relating to ad valorem taxation. Bill makes several substantive changes to various sections of Tax Code.
  • HB 2288

  • White
    Relating to the repeal of the additional ad valorem taxes imposed as a result of the sale or change in the use of land appraised as agricultural or open-space land.
  • HJR 43

  • Wilson
    Proposing a constitutional amendment providing that a residence homestead is not subject to seizure or sale for delinquent ad valorem taxes.
  • SB 63

  • Nelson
    Relating to the system for appraising property for ad valorem tax purposes.

Title Insurance Regulations

  • HB 2825

  • Bonnen
    Relating to certain transactions involving real property located near military bases. TLTA Position: Oppose
  • HB 3433

  • Smithee
    Relating to prohibited discrimination on the basis of an individual's political affiliation or expression by certain insurers Anti-discrimination statute.
  • HB 4030

  • Smithee
    Relating to the licensing and regulation of insurance professionals. Companion bill to SB 1810.
  • HB 4153

  • Sanford
    Relating to the filing of an annual audit report by a title insurance company, title insurance agent, or direct operation.
  • SB 1810

  • Hancock
    Relating to the licensing and regulation of insurance professionals. Companion bill to HB 4030.