86th Texas Legislative Session




State construction law limits Marble Falls code

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HB 2439, which became law in September, hastened the need for cities to align their codes to match the mandate, based strictly on national building standards, while prohibiting construction limits by municipalities based on aesthetics.

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

Marble Falls City Council debated Nov. 19 how to proceed with newly-passed state law which limits a municipality's ability to prohibit construction materials based on aesthetics.

Following passage by state lawmakers and Gov. Greg Abbott's signature during the 86th Texas Legislature, HB 2439 became law in September, prompting cities to scramble to align their codes to match the mandate. State lawmakers based the law on national building standards geared towards health and safety regulation.


Property tax reform bill SB2 gains steam in 86th Texas Legislature

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

After a contentious day of discussion, the Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday, April 30, approved Senate Bill 2, which leaders of both chambers are calling a victory for tax reform and limited property tax growth. House members then finalized their vote on Wednesday, May 1.


Marble Falls officials testify before state lawmakers about mining regulation

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Burnet County Judge James Oakley/Special to The Highlander
Marble Falls Mayor John Packer (left) and City Manager Mike Hodge spoke before the Texas House Energy Resources Committee about the infiltration of the mining industry and its economic impact, near the city and in the Burnet County area.





By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet County officials offered insight April 8 into the pitfalls of the growing number of mining operations among fledgling residential developments, as state lawmakers in Austin considered potential bills which would further regulate and tighten oversight on the industry.

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