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ASSOCIATION HAPPENINGS AND INDUSTRY NEWS
NOV. 5 CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT ELECTION RESULTS
On Tuesday, Nov. 5, voters across Texas headed to the polls to vote on ten Constitutional Amendments. The TAB Government Relations Committee voted earlier this year to support Propositions 3, 4, and 8. As you will see from the results here, all three propositions that were supported by TAB passed.
2020 SENATE INTERIM CHARGES
On Oct. 30, 2019, Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick released his list of interim charges to the Texas Senate. In total, 116 charges were issued to the 16 committees of the Senate. The Lt. Governor released the following statement upon the issuance of the charges:
"The charges I am releasing today not only reflect my priorities but also include the priorities of the members of the Texas Senate. Senators will study these issues over the next year and hold hearings to get input from the people of Texas. Upon completion of the hearings they will determine whether additional legislation or policy changes are needed to address these critical issues. I am confident that the recommendations I receive from the committees following this process will help move us forward to create sound, conservative public policy to ensure the Texas economy remains strong and our state continues to be the best place in the nation to live, work and raise a family.
"I want to thank every senator in advance for the countless hours that will be required to address these charges. I appreciate their leadership and commitment to our great state, and I look forward to their recommendations."
The charges of interest to TAB members are as follows:
Business and Commerce Committee:
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Examine current state and local laws regulating unmanned aerial vehicles. Identify any legislative changes needed to streamline regulation in a manner that promotes commerce and innovation while protecting public safety and the privacy and property rights of Texans.
Electricity: Assess the electricity market in Texas. Examine changes in customer demand, such as on-site storage, distributed generation, and electric vehicles. Study the usage of "non-wires alternatives," including energy storage, and recommend legislative changes if needed. Identify barriers to the electric market at the state or local level. Make recommendations to maintain grid reliability and encourage the continued success of the electric market.
Adult Education: Identify and evaluate current innovative programs that assist non-traditional students (first-time adult learners, re-enrolling students, working adults, and educationally disadvantaged students) in completing a high school diploma, GED, post-secondary degree, or workforce credential, including a review of adult education charter schools and their performance framework. Make recommendations to help successful expansion with partnered business and education entities.
Natural Disaster Funding: Review federal, state, and local eligibility and receipt of disaster funds from Community Development Block Grants — Disaster Relief and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Identify any barriers to the effective utilization of those funds and recommend any changes to statute, rule, or practice to promote the efficient deployment of those funds and expedite recovery by affected citizens, businesses, and communities.
Intergovernmental Relations Committee:
Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program: Review existing regulations governing the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program and the Qualified Allocation Plan to determine whether regulations exist that unnecessarily increase the cost of developing and maintaining affordable housing. Make recommendations to provide regulatory relief and provide greater development of affordable housing in Texas.
Federal Housing Review: Study all federal housing programs accessible to Texas. Make recommendations that ensure the state maximizes the use of those programs.
Infrastructure Resiliency: Examine the authority special purpose districts have to generate natural disaster resilient infrastructure. Determine ways state government can work with special purpose districts to mitigate future flooding and promote more resilient infrastructure. Make recommendations on how special purpose districts may use their statutory authority to assist in mitigating damage from future natural disasters.
Monitoring: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations passed by the 86th Legislature, as well as relevant agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction. Specifically, make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, or complete implementation of the following:
Senate Bill 1303, relating to landowner rights in a city's extraterritorial jurisdiction;
Senate Bill 1474, relating to private activity bonds; and
House Bill 2330, relating to simplifying disaster assistance.
Joint Charges for Natural Resources and Economic Development Committee and Water and Rural Affairs Committee:
Eminent Domain: Examine current law regarding the balance of private property rights and continued improvement in oil and gas infrastructure. Make recommendations to ensure stability between private property owner protections and emergent oil and gas infrastructure.
Future Water Supply: Examine current laws, processes, and water storage options and availability. Make recommendations promoting the state's water supply, storage, availability, valuation, movement, and development of new sources.
River Authority Infrastructure: Examine the roles and responsibilities of river authorities in maintaining their managed assets including, but not limited to, dams. Evaluate the impact on the economy, water supply, and flood control due to deferred maintenance. Make recommendations to promote infrastructure stability and maintain the usability of these bodies of water.
Groundwater Regulatory Framework: Study the state's groundwater regulatory framework and make recommendations to improve groundwater regulation, management, and permitting.
Monitoring: Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committees on Natural Resources and Economic Development and Water and Rural Affairs passed by the 86th Legislature, as well as relevant agencies and programs under each committee's jurisdiction. Specifically, make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, or complete implementation of the following:
Senate Bills 6, 7, 8, and 500, relating to disaster response and recovery, disaster funds, state-wide flood planning, and dam maintenance;
Senate Bill 698, related to expedited permitting;
Senate Bill 700, relating to water utility ratemaking reform;
Senate Bill 2272, relating to certain amendment and revocation procedures
Property Tax Committee:
Monitoring: Monitor the implementation of the following legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Property Tax passed by the 86th Legislature. Specifically, make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, or complete implementation of the following:
Senate Bill 2, relating to ad valorem taxation.
The TAB Government Relations team will be monitoring these charges leading up to next session which begins Jan. 12, 2021. A full list of interim charges assigned to all Senate committees can be found here.
JOIN US FOR THE TEXAS HOUSING HALL OF HONOR AND EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP DINNER ON NOV. 21
On Thursday, Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. Lyle Johansen, Granger MacDonald, Eddie Martin and the late Dan Markson will be inducted into the Texas Housing Hall of Honor at the Excellence in Leadership Dinner, at The LINE Hotel in Austin, Texas. Each have been influential in the residential housing industry for decades and instrumental in growing and protecting homebuilding. During dinner, we will install Randy Bowling of Tropicana Homes in El Paso as the 2020 Texas Association of Builders President and the 2019 “Of The Year” award winners will be announced.
Make sure you stay following the Excellence in Leadership Dinner, as TAB will be hosting a silent auction benefiting HOMEPAC as well as desserts and an after party. All festivities are included in your ticket purchase to the dinner.
Check for room reservation availability at The LINE Hotel here and purchase your tickets to the black tie event here while registering for the fall committee and board meetings that will be held Nov. 20-22.
Grand Dinner sponsor (as of 11/8/19):
Select Dinner sponsors (as of 11/8/19):
DON'T MISS OUT ON TAB'S FALL COMMITTEE AND BOARD MEETINGS ON NOV. 20-22
TAB's 2019 fall committee and board meetings will take place on Nov. 20-22 at The Line Hotel in Austin, Texas. Committee meetings begin on Wednesday, Nov. 20, and the Board of Directors meeting will be held on Friday at 12:45 p.m.
To register for committee meetings click here, and to make your hotel reservations click here.
Thank you sponsors (as of 11/8/19):
2020 STAR AWARDS ONLINE ENTRY OPENS DEC. 3
The Texas Association of Builders will start accepting online submissions for the 2020 Star Awards on Dec. 3. The highly-coveted Star Awards are given annually to recognize excellence in all areas of the homebuilding industry. The statewide competition showcases the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers and sales, marketing, and construction industry professionals in Texas.
A Star Award is great marketing for potentional clients, a way to set your company apart from competitors, word of mouth referrals, and an excellence confidence booster within your company.
"The Star Awards are a great way to showcase what is unique about who you are as a builder. After winning awards the last two years, we have incorporated the Star Awards winner logo into our marketing campaigns to promote not only our success within the homebuilding industry, but to also highlight our involvement with the Texas Association of Builders and our local builders associations." Jennifer Nixon, Marketing Manager, Omega Builders
Entries are judged by a distinguished panel of industry experts from across the nation. Winners will be announced and honored on stage at a special celebration on July 16 at the Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas during the 20th Sunbelt Builders Show™.
Take advantage of the Early Bird fee of $125 per entry if you enter by Jan. 14. The final entry deadline is Feb. 7.
Thank you, sponsors (as of 11/8/19):
SAVE THE DATE FOR TEXAS RECEPTION AT IBS ON JAN. 21, 2020
On Jan. 21, 2020 the Texas Association of Builders will host its yearly Texas Reception at IBS in Las Vegas inside the Wynn Hotel at Intrigue Nightclub from 4:30-7 p.m. Tickets are $50 for member builders and remodelers, and $75 for member associates. After Dec. 15, prices increase to $75 and $100.
If you are interested in sponsoring the Texas Reception at IBS please contact Angelica Stehling at Angelica@TexasBuilders.org or (512) 476-6346.
Thank you Texas Reception at IBS sponsors (as of 11/8/19):
American Standard Heating and Air
SIGN UP FOR A 2020 TAB COMMITTEE OR COUNCIL
There are many ways to get involved at the Texas Association Builders. Please let us know how you would like to serve your association in 2020. Click here to view the committee and council list and make sure to sign up before Dec. 6! We look forward to working with you.
TAB HAS RENEWED ITS PARTNERSHIP WITH PROCOT
The Propane Council of Texas (ProCOT) is continuing its partnership with TAB to provide builder members with a quarterly publication, Propane Builder. The Propane Council of Texas is a non-profit 501(c) 3 dedicated to educating the public and the propane industry on safety and on the newest clean burning propane technologies. ProCOT is the state entity that represents the Propane Education & Research Council (PERC), which was authorized by the U.S. Congress with the passage of the Propane Education and Research Act (PERA). Builders, the fall 2019 issue of Propane Builder was mailed to you earlier this month.
TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ALL THAT YOUR MEMBERSHIP HAS TO OFFER
As a member of TAB, you are entitled to receive the benefits of programs and services that are not available to the general public. Many of these programs are discounted or enhanced for members. Programs include: Home and Auto Insurance brought to you by Association Insurance Solutions (AIS); TAB Endorsed Insurance Program through the Builder Agent Network (General Liability, Builders' Risk, Worker's Compensation); IrriGRAY; Member Rebate Program; Model Construction Safety Program And Jobsite Safety Standards Package©; Texas Residential Construction Contracts Package Subscription; MyNPP.com; and more. Click here for complete information.
In addition to TAB programs and benefits, NAHB and your local HBA offer a variety of programs to the membership. Please take the time to familiarize yourself with all of these great opportunities. Click here to view the TAB Membership brochure.
VISIT TAB'S WEBSITE FOR INFORMATION ON DISASTER ASSISTANCE
TexasBuilders.org is a great resource for information on assistance following a disaster. Click here to find information on federal and state resources you, your company and your family can use.
To talk to a professional who can help you cope with emotional distress from a storm, call the Disaster Distress Line at 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746.
REMINDER: ALL MEMBERS MUST CREATE A NEW PASSWORD FOR TEXASBUILDERS.ORG
Over the past few months, the Texas Association of Builders (TAB) has been working to improve your member experience on our website, TexasBuilders.org. These changes will provide an easier and simplified way to access the Members Only portal and allow for the following:
To get started, you will need to set up a NEW password to access the members only section of TAB's website. Once you are logged in, you will have a personalized dashboard and a video clip demonstrating some of the cool features of this technology.
- more streamlined registration process for TAB events;
- modern system to purchase TAB merchandise and digital content;
- access to your membership details and benefits; and
- better and more efficient member communication system.
In order to register for any TAB event, you will need to create a new login. As always, if you have questions please don't hesitate to contact us at (512) 476-6346 or email us at info@TexasBuilders.org.
TAB'S SPONSORSHIP CORNER — SHOW YOUR SUPPORT
Let us help you in getting your company name in front of thousands of home builders across the state of Texas. Email or call Angelica Stehling at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512)-476-6346.
2019/2020 Upcoming Events
Nov. 20-22: TAB Fall Committee and Board Meetings — The Line Hotel, Austin, Texas
Nov. 21: Texas Housing Hall of Honor and Excellence in Leadership Dinner — The Line Hotel, Austin, Texas
Jan. 21: Texas Reception at the International Builders Show — Intrigue Nightclub, Wynn Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada
March 25-27: TAB Winter Committee and Board Meetings — JW Marriott, Austin, Texas
March 26: TAB HOMEPAC Winter Fundraiser — Austin, Texas
July 14-17: TAB's Summer Committee and Board Meetings — Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, Texas
July 14-16: Sunbelt Builders Show™ — Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, Texas
July 14: HOMEPAC FUNdango & Statewide Washers Tournament — Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, Texas
July 15: Builders' Bash — Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, Texas
July 16: Star Awards — Gaylord Texan Resort, Grapevine, Texas
Nov. 11-13: TAB Fall Board Meetings — JW Marriott, Austin, Texas
Nov. 12: Texas Housing Hall of Honor and Leadership Dinner — JW Marriott, Austin, Texas
Thank you, 2019 Title Sponsors:
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