New Laws and Constitutional Amendment Ballot

Date: August 19, 2015

The 84th legislative session is long over, the lawmakers have returned to their districts to live under the new laws that they passed, and Austin seems just a little bit quieter (at least for those of us working in public policy). It may be quiet, but those new laws are slowly being enacted, some took effect immediately upon the governor’s signature and others will become effective on September 1.  

Many of these laws you will never notice, but some could impact your daily lives or your business. How these new laws impact you are the reason that we need to hear from you. Please take the time to let us know about new laws or impending regulations with unintended consequences of seemingly harmless legislation, which we all know happens. We need you to be the eyes and ears on the ground, while keeping your NFIB team informed of how we best can serve you and the Texas business community.

NFIB/Texas was at the Capitol this session making sure Texas lawmakers “did no harm” to the state’s business climate and we finally scored major wins for you with our long called for state franchise tax cut. As our top priority this session, we teamed up with Governor Greg Abbott and top pro-business lawmakers to reduce the tax by 25 percent! And that’s not the end — with the continued pressure from you and the NFIB, we fully expect the next legislature to cut or eliminate the tax altogether.

Additionally, on November 3, you will have the opportunity to vote on seven new state constitution amendments. Unlike the U.S. Constitution, the Texas Constitution has been amended hundreds of times over the years — in many ways we use our state constitution as another state statute avenue. The seven amendments from Prop 1 that will save homeowners money by raising the homeowner’s exemption from $15,000 to $25,000 to removing the requirement that statewide elected officials must reside in the state capital.

We will provide a more detailed analysis about the state constitutional election in coming newsletters, but wanted to make you aware of what’s happening on the public policy front now. For a list of new laws and descriptions visit Texas Tribune.

Thank you,

Will Newton

NFIB/Texas Executive Director    

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