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HB 401 Sovereign Immunity

General Bill by Beltran

Sovereign Immunity: Removes statutory limits on liability for tort claims against state & its agencies & subdivisions; revises requirements for government entity to settle claim or judgment; revises timeframes within which claim must be presented & within which agency must make final disposition of claim after it is filed to prevent claim from being deemed denied; revises exceptions relating to instituting actions on claims against state or one of its agencies or subdivision.

Effective Date: October 1, 2024

Last Event: Added to Civil Justice Subcommittee agenda on Thursday, February 2, 2023 3:41 PM

HB 383 Public Construction

General Bill by Griffitts

Public Construction: Provides that certain permit applications shall be deemed approved; revises provisions relating to payments for purchases of construction services by local governmental entities & public entities; revises time periods within which certain proceedings must be commenced & concluded; provides dates by which undisputed portion of certain payment requests must be paid.

Effective Date: July 1, 2023

Last Event: Now in Local Administration, Federal Affairs & Special Districts Subcommittee on Wednesday, February 1, 2023 11:38 AM

HB 105 Preemption of the Regulation of Vacation Rentals

General Bill by Basabe

Preemption of the Regulation of Vacation Rentals: Provides local laws, ordinances, or regulations requiring vacation rental owners or operators to provide local government with certain contact information are not prohibited or preempted to state.

Effective Date: July 1, 2023

Last Event: Now in Regulatory Reform & Economic Development Subcommittee on Tuesday, January 10, 2023 11:53 AM

HB 403

Sponsored by: Sen. Travis Hutson

• Next Committee: House Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee
• Local Administration & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee – Voted 11-4

HB 569

Sponsored by: Sen. Travis Hutson

• Preempt cities from licensing short-term rentals
• Impose a fine for failure to register a vacation rental
• Limit a municipalities vacation rental registration process
• Maximum fine $50

Impacts on Municipalities
• Inspection costs are higher than $50
• The fees municipalities charge for vacation rentals is not profit, it covers the costs for


The House and Senate wrapped up pre-session committee weeks December 3, 2021 and legislators returned to their home districts for the holiday season. The 2022 legislative session will start Tuesday, January 11, 2022, and committees will then resume meeting.

In the final days of pre-session committee hearings, the Senate Judicial Committee voted 7-4 in favor of SB 620 sponsored by Sen. Travis Hutson. This bill will next be heard by the Senate Rules Committee. On the House side, the Local Administration & Veterans Affairs Subcommittee voted 11-4 in favor of HB 403 sponsored by Rep. Mike Giallombardo. This bill has been forwarded to the House Civil Justice & Property Rights Subcommittee to be heard.

SB 620 LOCAL GOVERNMENT and HB 569 BUSINESS DAMAGES CAUSED BY LOCAL GOVERNMENTS (sponsored by Rep. Lawrence McClure): If passed into law, these bills will give businesses power to dictate what ordinances local elected officials can enact. The bills allow for a business that suffers a minimum of 15% profit loss related to an enacted ordinance to file a lawsuit against the local government.

SB 280 LOCAL ORDINANCES (sponsored by Sen. Travis Hutson) and HB 403 LOCAL ORDINANCES: If passed into law will force local governments to decide between enacting necessary ordinances to protect its stakeholders – residents, businesses, and visitors – or increase your taxes.