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March 19, 2003    (512) 463-0300

Intergovernmental Relations Committee Hears Testimony on Home Owners' Association Legislation

Senator Frank Madla
Senator Frank Madla hears testimony during Committee on Intergovernmental Relations

Austin - The Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations met this morning before a packed room to consider several pieces of legislation, including Senate Bill (SB) 949 by Senator Jon Lindsay of Houston. The committee, chaired by San Antonio Senator Frank Madla, heard testimony from many witnesses both for and against SB 949, which would provide a number of protections for consumers concerning home owners associations, or HOA's. SB 949 severely restricts the circumstances under which an HOA could foreclose on an individual's home.

The Senate passed a variety of bills in today's session, including two by San Antonio Senator Jeff Wentworth on their third reading. SB 84 would amend the Government Code on public information to define the term "promptly" to mean "as soon as possible under the circumstances, within a reasonable time, without delay."

Another Wentworth bill, SB 89, proposed to add a new section to current legislation to clarify the guidelines for salary amounts, overtime, and compensatory time for state officials.

The following bills were also passed by the Senate today:

The Senate will reconvene Thursday, March 13, 2003, at 8:00 a.m. to hear bills from the Local and Consent Calendar and will recess until 10 a.m.

Session video and all other webcast recordings can be accessed from the Senate website's audio and video archive pages.