THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
Hundreds of harmful initiatives that would have done serious damage to Texas cities were defeated through the efforts of the League and individual cities. Among them were the following:
- numerous bills that would have: (1) reduced the current cap on annual increases in residential appraisals from ten percent to some lesser amount, (2) applied the cap to all real property; or (3) capped city revenues.
- legislation that would have eliminated the ability of cities to collect local sales tax on the purchase of ATVs, off-road motorcycles, and golf carts.
- a variety of bills that would have decimated or eliminated annexation authority.
- legislation that would have substantially reduced the authority of cities to regulate nuisances.
- legislation that would have prohibited cities from adopting policies preventing law enforcement officers from asking the immigration status of people who are detained or arrested.
- various bills that would have pre-empted city ordinances including tree mitigation and bans on plastic bags.
- legislation that would have required cities to approve digital billboards; and
- legislation that would have implemented a $5 court fee for indigent defense and legislation that would have increased the state traffic fine from $30 to $45.
- legislation that would have prohibited broad form indemnity in municipal public works contracts.