Legislative Affairs

Responsibilities
The Director of Intergovernmental Relations works to identify emerging legislative or regulatory issues with the potential to impact The Woodlands Township or The Woodlands Fire Department, and develops sound position statements to advocate before legislative and governmental bodies.

Resources
  1. Summary of House Bill 4149
House Bill 4149, which affects The Woodlands Township has become law. The bill was passed by the Texas Legislature in the 2015 session and provides The Woodlands Township the following abilities and options: 

  • Entitles the Township to receive a certified appraisal roll, an estimate of taxable value of property, and assistance in determining property values in the manner authorized for municipalities from County Appraisal Districts for use in setting ad valorem tax rates.
  • Allows the Township to seek participation in the Events Trust Fund for future qualifying events. 
  • Clarifies and names transportation powers that the Township Board of Directors can use for mobility if desired, but not required. 
  • Clarifies the ability of the Township to consolidate with similar property owners entities. 
  • Authorizes the boundaries of the Township to be described by metes and bounds, plat, or reference to a previously recorded instrument. 
Senator Brandon Creighton and Representative Mark Keough introduced identical bills in the Texas Senate (SB 2020) and House (HB 4149) during the 84th Regular Session of the Legislature that ended on June 1, 2015. While both bills were adopted by their respective chambers, HB 4149 was the bill that moved forward to final passage and sent to the Governor for action. HB 4149 was Filed without the Governor's signature and became law on June 15, 2015.