HB 2033

84(R) - 2015
House County Affairs
House County Affairs
Intergovernmental Affairs

Companion Bill

SB 1454

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral


Richard Raymond

Bill Caption

Relating to authorizing counties to require the submission of digital maps in connection with the county plat approval process.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal impact to the State or local governments is expected.  

Bill Analysis

HB 2033 seeks to allow counties the authority to require land developers to submit locally compatible digital maps with geo-referencing of approved subdivision plats and related infrastructure as part of the subdivision approval and recording process.

Under HB 2033 , a county commissioners court choosing to adopt these provisions could require a digital map to be in a format widely used by common GIS software.

HB 2033 does provide an exemption from the requirement if the owner of the tract submits with the plat application an acknowledged statement indicating that the digital mapping technology necessary to submit a map was not reasonably accessible. 

This bill would take effect on September 1, 2015.

Senator Zaffirini is the sponsor of this bill. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

05/18/2015 We remain neutral on HB 2033 in the second chamber. The second chamber sponsor is Senator Zaffirini.

HB 2033 seeks to allow county commissioners courts the authority to request digital maps with new plat applications. Requiring these digital maps will help expedite inputting data into systems which enhance the functions of local governments in terms of land use analysis, accurate tax parcel creation, public infrastructure maintenance, E-911 addressing, and the rapid delivery of emergency services. This bill will help increase local government efficiency without unduly burdening land developers who have reasonable access to these digital mapping technologies, while the exemption protects firms without access. 

While this would technically be an expansion of government at the local level for counties choosing to use the new authority, it would also make related functions of those local governments run more efficiently and provide better service to citizens. This bill both offends and affirms the principle of limited government. Therefore we are neutral on HB 2033.

The second chamber sponsor is Senator Zaffirini.