HB 1188

86(R) - 2019
House Ways & Means
House Ways & Means
Agriculture & Livestock
Property taxes

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive


Cole Hefner
Terry Canales
Scott Sanford
Drew Springer


Trent Ashby
Keith Bell
Rhetta Andrews Bowers
Brad Buckley
Briscoe Cain
Jay Dean
Cody Harris
Stan Lambert
Mike Lang
Ben Leman
Jim Murphy
Candy Noble
Jarred Patterson
Lynn Stucky
Valoree Swanson
Tony Tinderholt
Steve Toth

Bill Caption

Relating to the appraisal of land for ad valorem tax purposes as qualified open-space land following a transfer between family members.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

HB 1188 would allow land that is appraised as qualified open-space land to continue being appraised under that criteria in the event that the land's ownership is transferred to a family member (defined as related to the former owner within the second degree by affinity or third degree by consanguinity). The appraisal office must be notified of transfer within 180 days of the transfer or the owner of the property will face a penalty.

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports this bill for promoting the principles of limited government, individual liberty and property rights.  This bill will help guarantee a mechanism for ensuring continuity in the appraisal process for family farms and other similar properties.  

Organizations Supporting

Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association
Texas Association of Builders
Texas Association of Realtors