On June 6 Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that a legislative special session will begin on July 18th, 2017 and identified 20 items to be addressed.  

Five of the 20 issues have a potential impact on the commercial real estate industry, and ICSC will be closely monitoring them during the upcoming special session. Those items include: 

  1. Property tax reform; 
  2. Preventing cities from regulating what property owners do with trees on private land; 
  3. Preventing local governments from changing rules midway through construction projects; 
  4. Speeding up local government permitting process; and 
  5. Municipal annexation reform.