Bill

SB 1679

87(R) - 2021
Senate Local Government
House Urban Affairs
Senate Local Government
House Urban Affairs
Housing & Urban Affairs
Taxation

Contact the Author

Carol Alvarado

Phone:

512-463-0106

Capitol Office:

3E.2

Email:

Vote Recommendation

Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Neutral

Author(s)

Carol Alvarado

Sponsor(s)

Jarvis Johnson

Bill Caption

Relating to the creation of an urban land bank by certain municipalities.

Fiscal Notes

No fiscal implication to the State is anticipated. 

Bill Analysis

SB 1679 would create a new chapter of Local Government Code to regulate the Houston land bank which may acquire, manage, and dispose of vacant, abandoned, deteriorated, non-revenue generating, and non-tax producing property by converting those properties to productive uses. 

The bill would establish a board to oversee the operations of the land bank. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action remains neutral on SB 1679 because it embodies conflicting liberty principles. In the past, we have been neutral on these bills because, while on one hand they interfere in the free market, these programs also address costly impacts of abandoned homes and property. In addition, vacant properties tend to attract crime and remain substantial fire hazards which have a generally negative impact on the surrounding community.

Contact the Author

Carol Alvarado

Phone:

512-463-0106

Capitol Office:

3E.2

Email: