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New Year’s Day laws in effect that you should know

January 08, 2020 - 00:00
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January 1 is the start of a new year, and it’s also the date that new laws passed by Texas legislature go in effect each year. Here are some of the new laws passed in the 86th Legislature regular session that went into effect Jan.1:

HB 69

Relating to the right to vacate and avoid liability under a residential lease after a tenant’s death. New procedures with this House Bill allow the early termination of the residential lease of a decedent who was the sole occupant if the landlord is given timely notice, the tenant’s property is timely removed, and an inventory of removed property is provided to the landlord. The estate remains liable for rent through the lease termination and any damages to the premises.

HB 831

Relating to the residency requirement to be eligible for public office. When satisfying ballot (local political subdivisions only). Feb. 18 - The last day to file a declaration of write-in candidacy (local political subdivisions only). Apr. 2 - Last day to register to vote. Apr. 20-Apr. 28 - Early voting by personal appearance time period. day to apply for a ballot by mail using Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) or Federal Postcard Application (FPCA). Jan. 15 - Feb. 14 - Time period to file for a place on the general election May 2 - Last day to receive ballot by mail.

The Colorado County offices up for 2020 election are:

County Attorney County Sheriff County Tax-Assessor/ Collector County Commissioner, Pct. 1 County Commissioner, Pct. 3 Constable, Pcts. 1,2,3,4 County Chairman (Primary ballot only)

For more information, please contact Rebecka LaCourse, Elections Administrator for the county Elections Department at (979) 732-6860.