New year, new laws: 23 laws come into force on January 1 in Texas

The Texas State Capitol in Austin

From chicken coops to police funding, 23 new laws came into effect in Texas on January 1. Some provide relief for disabled veterans and places of worship while others relate to the creation of municipal management districts.

Here is an overview of these new laws with information provided by the Texas Legislature:

HB 115

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of certain property owned by a charity and used to provide housing and related services to certain homeless people.

HB 531

Relating to the notification requirements for rented accommodation located in a floodplain.

HB 1197

Relating to the period during which certain land belonging to a religious organization for the purpose of expanding a place of religious worship or building a new place of religious worship may be exempt from ad valorem taxation. This means that a parcel of land contiguous to a parcel of land in a church cannot be exempt for more than 10 years.

HB 1445

Relating to the applicability of sales and use tax to medical and dental billing services.

HB 1689

Relating to reinsurance credit governed by certain covered agreements and ceded to certain assuming insurers.

HB 2237

Relating to the privileges of the mechanic, the contractor or the materialist.

HB 2535

Relating to the valuation for ad valorem tax purposes of real estate that includes certain improvements used for the non-commercial production of food for personal consumption. By law, poultry houses and rabbit pens are excluded from the analysis of the property value of personal property.

HB 2730

Relating to the acquisition of real estate by an entity with eminent state authority and the regulation of easement or right of way agents.

HB 3131

Relating to the information to be included in the certificate of incorporation of a filing entity.

HB 3777

Relating to fees and expenses eligible for the purposes of the franchise tax credit for the certified rehabilitation of certified historic structures.

HB 3788

Related to the training and education of Assessment Review Board members.

HB 3961

Regarding the mandatory posting of information about the state long-term care ombudsperson’s office on the websites of certain long-term care facilities.

HB 3971

Relating to the assessment for ad valorem tax purposes of a residential building located in a designated historic district.

HB 4638

Relating to the creation of certain municipal management districts; give the power to issue bonds; give the power to impose contributions, fees and taxes.

SB 23

Relating to an election to approve a reduction or reallocation of funds or resources for certain county law enforcement agencies.

SB 41

Relating to the consolidation and distribution of State civil justice costs; the increase in certain civil justice costs; authorization fees.

SB 43

respecting residential mortgage lending, including the financing of residential real estate purchases by way of a global mortgage loan; provide licensing and registration requirements; authorizing an administrative penalty.

SB 794

Relating to eligibility for exemption from ad valorem taxation of residential property of a totally disabled veteran.

SB 855

Relating to the electronic dissemination of commercial recordings or audiovisual works.

SB 911

Related to the regulation of restaurants and third party food delivery services, including the issuance of certain alcoholic beverage certificates to restaurants.

SB 1280

Concerning certain provisions of the Securities Act for which a person offering or selling a security may be held liable to a person who purchases the security.

SB 1449

Relating to the exemption from ad valorem taxation of income-producing tangible movable property of a value below a certain amount.

SB 1524

Relating to a pilot sales and use tax rebate program for certain people who employ apprentices.

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