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Texas House sends linkage fee bill to Senate

Wednesday, May 3, 2017 by Caleb Pritchard

The fight to preempt local governments from deploying linkage fees took a big step forward at the Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday evening. After a few hours of postponement and several failed efforts to kill it with points-of-order, a majority of lawmakers approved House Bill 1449, a measure that forbids cities from imposing fees on developers in order to pay for affordable housing. In its final form, the bill does not apply to density bonus programs or other voluntary affordable housing or public improvement provisions a developer may agree to. The bill, authored by southwest Austin Republican Rep. Paul Workman – along with Reps. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) and Chris Paddie (R-Marshall) – now heads to the Senate. As of Wednesday, there are 27 days left in the 85th Texas Legislative Session.

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