HB 1949

84(R) - 2015
House Land & Resource Management
House Land & Resource Management

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
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  • Positive
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Drew Springer


J.M. Lozano

Bill Caption

Relating to the annexation of county roads.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

The bill would amend the Local Government Code requiring a municipality that proposes to annex a certain area must also annex the entire width of county road and the adjacent right-of-way on both sides of the road. Under the provisions of the bill, if the road annexed is a gravel road, the county would retain control of granting access to the road and its right-of-way from certain property. 

Bill Analysis

By creating a statutory provision requiring annexing authorities to annex the adjacent right-of-way on both sides of the annexed road, this legislation will help to clarify and settle responsibilities between counties and municipalities over who is responsible for maintenance of the road area after annexation.

Vote Recommendation Notes

While the provisions of HB 1949 would be beneficial policy changes. When a road is annexed there should be clear responsibility for what entity is responsible for maintaining the road and associated right-of-way. It makes little sense for a municipality to annex a road and refuse to take responsibility for the full width of the road and the right-of-way on either side. This legislation would resolve the present issue in a way that supports limited government. For that reason we support HB 1949.

The second chamber sponsor is Senator Van Taylor

Organizations Supporting

County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas
Texas Conference of Urban Counties
Travis County Commissioners Court