SB 715

85(R) - 2017
Senate Intergovernmental Relations
House Land & Resource Management
Senate Intergovernmental Relations
House Land & Resource Management
Local Government

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Donna Campbell


Dan Huberty

Bill Caption

Relating to municipal annexation.

Fiscal Notes

From the LBB: No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

SB 715 would move in the direction of ending forced annexation by placing significant limitations on the abilities of certain municipalities to use annexation to expand their boundaries and jurisdiction. This bill would prohibit municipalities in certain counties from using annexation for limited purposes such as to apply their planning, zoning, and health and safety ordinances in the annexed areas. The bill also would require a higher degree of consent to annexation in certain situations.

Vote Recommendation Notes

This bill enhances our individual property, limited government and property rights principles by taking measures to reign in power of local governments to annex certain areas and give more control to stakeholders in the annexation. Forced annexation has numerous liberty-infringing consequences. We support SB 715.

Organizations Supporting

American Insurance Association  
Texas Public Policy Foundation
Texas TURF

Organizations Opposed

City of Austin
City of Denton
City of Fort Worth
City of Lubbock
City of San Antonio
Texas Municipal League