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Relating to maps of the actual or proposed boundaries and
extraterritorial jurisdiction of a municipality and certain
notices related to expanding the boundaries.
No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.
SB 1303 would require a municipality to maintain a copy of their boundaries and extraterritorial jurisdiction that is easily accessible to the public, including on the municipality's website, without charge.
If no digital map is ready, a home-rule municipality would create, or contract, for the creation of one. The bill would also require a tier 1 home-rule municipalities to give written notice to property owners in an area that would be newly annexed before the 90th day after the municipality amends the annexation plan. Requirements for the written notice include the purpose of the extraterritorial jurisdiction designation and a brief description of each municipal ordinance that would be applicable in the area.
Texas Action supports SB 1303 on the basis of limited government, property rights, and individual liberty. This bill would ensure that potentially affected property owners are given proper notice of possible annexation and are provided sufficient evidence to determine if they could be affected.