The following city-related bills were passed during the regular session but were not summarized in the June 11 issue of the TML Legislative Update:
H.B. 1530 Mosquito Control: moves licensure of health-related mosquito pest control from the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), potentially allowing mosquito applicators to be licensed for a reduced fee or no fee at all, since TDA is not required to recoup its costs through fees, while DSHS is required to do so by statute.
S.B. 636 Sales Taxes: does the following in relation to sourcing of city sales taxes: (1) provides that when goods are shipped within Texas by a retailer with more than one legal place of business for sales tax purposes, sales taxes shall be generally sourced at the location where the retailer first received the order for the goods, provided the order was placed in person; and (2) provides an exception to number 1 above for cities with certain economic development agreements in place prior to January 1, 2009, provided such cities provide notice to the comptroller regarding those agreements.
The following bill summary appeared in the June 11 issue but omitted a population bracket. The correct summary reads as follows:
H.B. 3072 4A/4B Corporations: permits a 4A/4B economic development corporation, in a city with a population of 20,000 or less, to receive transfers of real property from a city, provided there is an agreement and transfer instrument that requires the corporation to use the property in a manner that promotes a public purpose of the city and provided there is a reverter clause should the property cease to be used for such a purpose.