Here are some dates to know for the local 2020 elections:
For the Tuesday, Mar. 3 Primary Election
Jan. 1, 2020 - the first day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). Feb. 3 - The last day to register to vote. Feb. 18 - The first day of early voting. Feb. 21 - The last day to apply for ballot by mail. This is the last day it can be received, not postmarked.) Feb. 28- The last day of early voting. Mar. 3 - The last day to receive ballot by mail. Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2020 (Election Day) at 7 p.m. if carrier envelope is not postmarked, or Wednesday, Mar. 4, 2020 (next business day after Election Day) at 5 p.m. if carrier envelope is postmarked by 7 p.m. at the location of the election on Election Day (unless overseas or military voter deadlines apply).
For the May 2 City, County, ISD Election Day
Jan. 1, 2020 - the first certificates showing job skill courses and training they have completed. And anyone without access to their Social Security card or birth certificate will get help in getting those documents under this House Bill. When released, inmates should also have a resume that shows their work history both in and out of prison along with documents showing they’ve completed a practice job interview.
Relating to the term of a parking permit issued to a residential tenant by a landlord.
This bill mandates a landlord who issues a parking permit to a tenant must issue the permit for a term that runs along with the tenant’s lease term, and the landlord may not terminate or suspend the permit until the date of the tenant’s right of possession ends.
Relating to the eligibility of land secured by a home equity loan to be designated for agricultural use for ad valorem tax purposes.
A landowner is entitled to have land he or she owns designated for agricultural use if on Jan. 1 the land has been devoted exclusively to agriculture - or has been developed continuously for agriculture for the past three years, the individual intends to use the land for agriculture as an occupation or business venture for profit in the current year and agriculture is the individual’s primary source of income.
Relating to ad valorem taxation. Anyone who successfully protests their home value should not see their value increased to the previous level the next year unless appraisers can present “clear and convincing evidence” that the increase is merited. This Act applies only to the appraisal of property for a tax year beginning on or after the effective date of this Act.
Relating to the treatment of a nursery stock weather protection unit as an implement of husbandry for ad valorem tax purposes. Machinery and equipment items that are used in the production of farm or ranch products or of timber, regardless of their primary design, are considered to be implements of husbandry and are exempt from ad valorem taxation. This Act applies only to an ad valorem tax year that begins on or after the effective date of this Act.
Homeowner tax exemptions: Not all homeowners know what exemptions they may be eligible for, which means they may miss out on some tax breaks. Veterans, surviving spouses of veterans, Texans over the age of 65 and those with disabilities are eligible for certain property tax exemptions they may not know about. Senate Bill 2060 requires that appraisal district officials include a short description of each exemption a person is eligible for when they receive their appraisal notice.
Protections against surprise medical bills: Parts of this new law already went into effect, but the rest became law Wednesday. The goal of this bill is to prevent some patients from receiving large bills when they don’t have a choice of provider, such as when they unexpectedly end up in an emergency room.
Relating to the waiver of penalties and interest if an error by a mortgagee results in failure to pay an ad valorem tax. This bill lets interest and penalties be waived for homeowners in some cases when the bank holding the mortgage didn’t pay the tax bill on time.
Relating to flood planning, mitigation and infrastructure projects. Senate Bills 6,7, and 8 require the Texas Department of Emergency Management to create a disaster response plan for local officials, direct the state’s water planning agency to devise a statewide flood plan and create a “resiliency fund” to support flood projects.
This Senate Bill requires employees at higher education institutions to report allegations of dating violence, sexual harassment, sexual assault or stalking a student or employee to the institution’s Title IX coordinator. Those failing to adhere to the new law would face a Class B misdemeanor charge.