HB 1221

84(R) - 2015
Senate Business & Commerce
Senate Business & Commerce

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Eddie Lucio III

Bill Caption

Relating to seller's disclosures in connection with residential real property subject to groundwater regulation.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

HB 1221, if passed, would modify the Property Code (Section 5.008) to add an additional requirement of notice regarding a disclosure of real property subject to groundwater regulation. Namely, the bill would require that real property located within a groundwater conservation district, a subsidence district, or other special purpose district with the authority to regulate the withdrawal of groundwater have a disclaimer which states that this is the case.

Vote Recommendation Notes

HB 1221 does not create a new form, but rather adds one line to the notice which is already required under the Property Code. On the one hand, the bill could be regarded as a form of consumer protection. On the other, we are inclined to believe that those doing their due diligence should be aware of the various special districts in Texas. Ultimately, because of the minor change made, and because the property regime itself is not substantively modified, we are neutral on HB 1221.

Organizations Supporting

Lone Star Groundwater Conservation District
Prairielands Groundwater Conservation District
Texas Association of Realtors
Texas Water Conservation Association