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Sunday, 23rd April 2017

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State to override Short Term Rental rules

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Mayor Joe Bain - on his blog - expresses considerable concern over the new State legislation on Short Term rentals that threatens to negate the rules passed by the City of Lakeway last year.

 He states " The Texas Senate passed SB 451 (Short Term Rental) after working through many attempts form areas to exclude their districts.  I had sent letters to all the committee members and had talked directly to Senator Buckingham (co-sponsor) about the significant detrimental effect this would have on the Short Term Rental ordinance we worked nearly two years on and passed last year.  This bill if passed will basically open up our community to Short Term Rentals with no City restriction allowed.

The House has a companion bill - HB 2551 that is still in committee.  I went to the Capitol yesterday to speak against this companion bill - the hearing was scheduled for 10:30 a.m. or when the house adjourned.  After making online comments (only available from kiosks at the Capitol) and waiting for the House to adjourn, I finally gave up and returned to Lakeway.

I was able to watch the online video - the committee testimony did not start until after 5 p.m.  Most testimony was against the bill.  I have also spoken to Paul Workman about my feelings on this issue to no avail, although I'm not sure his mind is made up.

I would suggest you contact Representative Paul Workman and tell him you are opposed to the bill:

State Representative Paul Workman
Post Office Box 2910
Austin, Texas 78768"

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