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Apply Now: TREPAC Trustee Applications Accepted through July 31

Texas REALTORS® is looking for a TREPAC Trustee to serve our region beginning January 1, 2020. If you would like to be a nominated candidate to serve as TREPAC Trustee and go through the interview appointment process, please review the following criteria, as well as the So you are considering becoming a TREPAC Trustee…now what?” document:

1.    To be eligible to be an Elected Trustee, a person must be a REALTOR® member of the Texas REALTORS® and be nominated by the Nominating Committee.

2.    To be eligible to be nominated by the Nominating Committee to become an Elected Trustee, a person must: A.) have contributed at least $110 a year to TREPAC in 2 of the 3 years prior to the time of the nomination, including the year of nomination; B.) have a history of political involvement and a commitment to working within TREPAC in a non-partisan manner; C.) have demonstrated the ability and importance of TREPAC fundraising and served at least one year on a local association’s TREPAC or Government Affairs committee; and D.) be endorsed by: A local association of REALTORS® in the Region in which the nominee resides or maintains the nominee’s principal place of business; or a voting member of the Board of Trustees.

3.    Meet the “Mandatory Requirements and Duties” of a Trustee.

If you are interested in serving as a TREPAC Trustee, please review all of the above information closely, and complete your “Nominating Committee Profile” form prior to July 31, 2019. All forms should be submitted via email by July 31 to Deb Garen at [email protected].

Q2 Legislative Update

Texas Legislature ended Memorial Day:
140 is now over!
Quick hits:

The 86th Texas Legislature (regular session) ended May 27.

As of 6 a.m. on Saturday, May 25, Texas REALTORS® followed 2,784 of 7,804 bills and resolutions filed.

NAR Hill Visit: Hundreds of Texas REALTORS® advocate for real estate consumers

Follow Texas REALTORS® Government Affairs team on Twitter: @TAR_GA

Texas REALTORS® Legislative Priorities book: texasrealestate.com/issues

The end of the 86th Legislative Session is here!

May 27 was the last day of the 86th legislative session (specifically, it’s the last day of the regular session—the governor could always call them back for a special session to address emergency items or specific issues he dictates).

Many House and Senate members were appointed to conference committees to resolve the chambers’ differences between their versions of bills as they near the end, which means most of our legislators all worked throughout Memorial Day weekend!

The governor has until Sunday, June 16 to either sign or veto bills passed in the regular session.

Bill stats 2019 vs. 2017

The Legislative Reference Library of Texas compiled a few bill statistics comparing activity in this session to last session. Last session, more bills were sent to the governor to be signed into law, but fewer were signed compared to the current session.

School finance reform plan PASSES! House Bill 3:

 This REALTOR®-supported legislation is a comprehensive reform of the state’s public school finance system and property tax system. A few highlights from this version:

Lowers school property tax rates statewide

Increases the state’s share of education funding from 38% to 45%

Reduces recapture by 47% ($3.6 billion) this biennium

Raises the basic allotment $890 per student (from $5,140 to $6,030), benefiting all school districts

… and maintains the enhanced transparency measures and automatic rollback elections REALTORS® support.

The legislation’s website, TheTexasPlan.com, has more details—also outlined in a one-pager on the website.

Property tax reform PASSES! Senate Bill 2:

This version of the bill passed reserves REALTOR®-supported measures related to transparency for property owners and proactive information for taxpayers.

The changes in SB2 largely focus on rollback rates:

Most cities and counties will have automatic elections if they exceed the rollback rate

Special taxing units remain at the current 8% rollback rate, including: Cities/counties with population < 30,000, junior colleges, hospital districts

Renames the rollback rate the “voter-approval tax rate”

Annexation Bill: Signed by Governor

Governor Greg Abbott signed REALTOR®-supported House Bill 347 (Chairman Phil King) into law, effective immediately.

This legislation ends forced municipal annexation statewide, giving property owners a vote when a municipality seeks to annex their property.

Texas REALTORS® have engaged in campaigns in seven counties to end forced annexation at the county level over the past year. Visit StopForcedAnnexation.com to learn more.

*The bill statuses are up-to-date as of 6 a.m., Saturday, May 25.  You can also track specific bill via the Texas Legislature Online website.

*There are many other REALTOR® legislative priorities that have passed and are waiting for the Governor’s signature, including tax incentives, eminent domain reform, and disaster relief.

NAR Hill Visits:

What Collin County and Texas REALTORS® do in Washington, D.C?

Hundreds of Texas REALTORS® were in Washington, D.C., May 14-18 to advocate for real estate consumers during the 2019 REALTOR® Legislative Meetings.

Texas REALTORS® met with all 36 members of the Texas Congressional delegation and heard from U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz, discussing federal issues important to property owners.

Check out more highlights from the week, including the Texas REALTORS® and local associations that were honored during the REALTOR® Political Action Committee Awards Ceremony.

FAQ: Collin County Runoff Elections

 

Are you fully informed  and ready to vote in the runoff elections beginning Tuesday, May 28 in Collin County?

If so, congratulations! If not, you are not alone. Many (perhaps most) Collin County residents are unsure what runoff elections are, why they happen, and what candidate they support.

It order to ensure our member’s success, CCAR’s government affairs department developed a Runoff Election FAQ with everything you need to know.

Question: What is a runoff election?

In Texas, local, county, and state elections require a majority vote, meaning anything over 50%of the ballots cast in a particular election.   If no candidate for a particular office receives over 50%  a runoff election is called.  A runoff election is a second general election conducted to determine who of the two top vote-getters in the first general election will reach the 50% plus one bench mark. In other words, in the first general election with three candidates, and none of the three reach above 50%, a runoff will occur with the top two vote-getting candidates thereby ensuring a plurality of one candidate over 50%.

Question: What offices in Collin County are having a runoff election?

Here are the results of the May 5th Municipal Election for municipalities that triggered a runoff election. The table below does not indicate cities in which CCAR did not initially support any candidates:

May 4th 2019 Municipal Elections Results

Race

Supported Candidate % Opposition %

Result

Celina Place 6 Chad Anderson 44% Jason Poncio 42% Runoff
Lanford Rogers 14%
Plano Place 5 Ron Kelley* 46% Shelby Williams 44% Runoff
Byron Bradford 10%
Plano Place 7 Lily Bao* 47% Runoff
Ann Bacchus 36%
LaShon Ross 17%
Prosper Place 4 Meigs Miller 37% Steve Thomas 38% Runoff
Richard McGrath 24%

*Ron Kelly (Plano Place 5) and Lily Bao (Plano Place 7) are TREPAC supported-candidates


Question: When is voting for the runoff election? 

Early voting for the runoff elections begins May 28th – June 1 and continues June 3-4th.  The runoff election day is Saturday June 8th.  If you did note on Saturday May 4th, you can still vote in the runoff.

That’s it!

You are ready to vote like a rock star during the runoff elections beginning May 28. If you have a question about the election not answered above, email CCAR’s Chief Advocacy Officer at: [email protected].

Rep. Jeff Leach of TXHD66 Facebook Live with Texas Tribune

The 86th Texas Legislature is coming to a close soon.  Collin County’s own Rep. Jeff Leach of TXHD66 was interviewed by Texas Tribune as part of a panel on Wednesday, May 22. The interview was captured and shared via Facebook live, and can still be viewed at the link below. Please take a moment to watch the video and hear your representative handle tough questions.  A TREPAC supported candidate and official, Rep. Leach has 802 CCAR members in HD66 and represents Collin County REALTORS® more broadly in our interests in protecting private property rights and homeownership at the Texas Capital.

Click Here for Video of Rep. Jeff Leach of TXHD66 Interview with Texas Tribune

CCAR Announces TREPAC-Supported Candidates for May Municipal Elections

Each election cycle, the Collin County Association of REALTORS® (CCAR) conducts candidate interviews in order to better understand candidates’ ideas and visions for when they may be elected to public office. The Texas REALTORS® Political Action Committee (TREPAC) may then choose to support the candidate who champions private property rights and upholds our REALTOR® members’ values.

In order to ensure transparency and participation from our members, CCAR invited you to join the Government Affairs and TREPAC Committees during these interviews by observing them. Over 20 CCAR volunteers interviewed over 50 candidate for local elected office for the May 4th municipal elections. CCAR understands the importance of public service and sincerely thanks all candidates at all levels of government for their willingness to serve and their involvement.

As a result of the interviews, the following are the official TREPAC-supported candidates:

Chris Schulmeister Allen City Council Place 4
Baine Brooks Allen City Council Place 6
Bill Webber Celina City Council Place 1
Chad Anderson Celina City Council Place 6
Shona Huffman Frisco City Council Place 2
Bill Woodard Frisco City Council Place 4
Rainey Rogers McKinney City Council District 2
Frederick Frazier McKinney City Council At Large
Rick Franklin McKinney City Council District 4
Rick Grady Plano City Council Place 3
Ron Kelley Plano City Council Place 5
Michael “Mike” Korbuly Prosper City Council Place 1
Meigs Miller Prosper City Council Place 4
Ray Smith Prosper Mayor
Keith Stevens Wylie City Council at Large 3
Jeffrey “Jeff” Forester Wylie City Council Place 6

Government Affairs and TREPAC May 4 Municipal Candidate Interviews

Each election cycle, CCAR conducts candidate interviews for political offices in order to better understand the ideas and visions for when the candidates become elected to public office. TREPAC then may choose to support the candidate who champions private property rights and upholds our REALTOR® members’ values. In order to ensure transparency and participation from our members, CCAR invites you to join the Government Affairs and TREPAC Committees during these interviews by observing them. The schedule of interviews follows:

Allen February 28 12:30-3 p.m. RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs – 3915 McDermott Rd. #100 Plano, TX 75024
Frisco February 28 3-6 p.m. RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs – 3915 McDermott Rd. #100 Plano, TX 75024
McKinney March 1 9-11:30 a.m. RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs – 3915 McDermott Rd. #100 Plano, TX 75024
Plano March 1 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs – 3915 McDermott Rd. #100 Plano, TX 75024
Prosper March 4 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. RE/MAX Dallas Suburbs – 3915 McDermott Rd. #100 Plano, TX 75024
Wylie March 4 2:30-4:15 p.m. Lawyers Title – 5810 Tennyson Parkway #105, Plano, TX 75024
Celina March 4 4:15-6 p.m. Lawyers Title – 5810 Tennyson Parkway #105, Plano, TX 75024
Anna March 5 9 a.m.-1:45 p.m. Lawyers Title – 5810 Tennyson Parkway #105, Plano, TX 75024
Princeton March 5 1:45-4:30 p.m. Lawyers Title – 5810 Tennyson Parkway #105, Plano, TX 75024
Little Elm March 5 4:30-6 p.m. Lawyers Title – 5810 Tennyson Parkway #105, Plano, TX 75024

Note, these interviews are confidential and nothing discussed inside the room or during the interviews may be shared. Therefore, you will be required to sign a confidentiality agreement, among other disclosures, if you plan on attending. Further, you may only attend if you RSVP to Adam Majorie, Chief Advocacy Officer, at [email protected]

*Schedule is subject to change, email [email protected] to confirm times.