AUSTIN Today, the Texas House gave preliminary approval to Senate Bill 6, which would reform municipal annexation practices. In its current form, this legislation requires consent from a majority of those being annexed in certain areas, streamlines voluntary annexations, and improves the notification process.

“Forced annexation means some Texans have a new city government forced upon them by officials they didn’t elect, to pay off debt they didn’t run up, and to finance services they don’t want or need, all without a vote,” said Bryan Mathew, policy analyst with the Center for Local Governance at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. “With the passage of SB 6, the House took a major step forward to unravel the forced annexation regime and make sure every Texan’s right to vote is protected.”
 
For more information or to request an interview with Mr. Mathew, please contact Alicia Pierce at apierce@texaspolicy.com or 512-472-2700.  

Bryan Mathew is a policy analyst with the Center for Local Governance at Texas Public Policy Foundation.

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