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Legislative Update October 29, 2020

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Legislative Update
October 29, 2020
Election

Today is the last day to early vote, which closes out the longest early voting period we have ever had.
Leading up to Tuesday brings much excitement, anticipation, and hopefully an end to a highly polarizing
campaigning cycle.

As of yesterday, we have officially surpassed 50% turnout with 8,525,424 Texans having voted early.
That is more than the total number of people who voted in the 2016 General Election. It is interesting to
note, there are still four million voters who have voted in a previous General Election who have NOT
voted yet.

In the 30 counties with the most registered voters, nearly 1 out of every 6 votes has been cast by
someone who has not voted in any of the last four primary and general elections. That’s over 1.1M
“new” votes in these counties.

By the time of all the Election Day votes and mail-in ballots are counted, Texas will likely hit recordbreaking
turnout levels this election, surpassing 60% of registered voters for the first time since the early
1990s. The surge in votes is in part due to high turnout during early voting and increases in registered
voters in Texas’ growing urban and suburban counties.

Speaker Politics

Speaker Dennis Bonnen did not seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives opening up, not
only his House District seat, but also the House leadership position for the upcoming legislative session.

As of today, six legislators have announced their intent to run for the Speaker of the House. Senfronia
Thompson (D-Houston) – filed 10/23; Trey Martinez-Fisher (D-San Antonio) – filed 10/26; Chris Paddie
(R-Marshall) – filed on 10/30; Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin) – filed on 10/30; John Cyrier (R-Lockhart) – filed on
10/30; Oscar Longoria (D-Mission) – filed on 10/30; and Geanie Morrison (R-Victoria) – filed on 10/30.
We just received notice that John Cyrier has decided not to run for speaker and rather place his support
with Geanie Morrison. The Harris Co. Democratic delegation and Texas Legislative Black Caucus,
representing 23 members, have publicly supported Thompson.

Pre-filing of Legislation

On Monday, November 9th, Legislators will begin pre-filing legislation for the upcoming 87th Legislative
Session. Our lobby team and attorneys will review all legislation as it is filed.


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TDLR Opens Rules For Review

TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING & REGULATION

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is reviewing the Tow Trucks, Operators, and Vehicle Storage Facilities program rules located at Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapters 85 and 86, for re-adoption, revision, or repeal. This rule review is required every four years.

The Notice of Intent to Review was published in the Texas Register on October 9, 2020 (45 TexReg 7281), as part of a combined notice for several other programs undergoing simultaneous review.

The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:

Is it obsolete?

Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?

Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Tow Trucks, Operators, and Vehicle Storage Facilities program to review the Notice of Intent to Review and the current program rules for Towing and Vehicle Storage Facility posted on the Department’s website.

Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules (select the appropriate chapter name for your comment).

Deadline to submit comments—November 9, 2020TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF LICENSING & REGULATION

The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (Department) is reviewing the Tow Trucks, Operators, and Vehicle Storage Facilities program rules located at Title 16, Texas Administrative Code, Chapters 85 and 86, for re-adoption, revision, or repeal. This rule review is required every four years.

The Notice of Intent to Review was published in the Texas Register on October 9, 2020 (45 TexReg 7281), as part of a combined notice for several other programs undergoing simultaneous review.

The Department will determine whether the reasons for adopting or readopting these rules continue to exist by answering the following questions for each rule:

Is it obsolete?

Does it reflect current legal and policy considerations?

Is it in alignment with the current procedures of the Department?

The Department encourages anyone interested in the Tow Trucks, Operators, and Vehicle Storage Facilities program to review the Notice of Intent to Review and the current program rules for Towing and Vehicle Storage Facility posted on the Department’s website.

Comments may be submitted electronically on the Department’s website at https://ga.tdlr.texas.gov:1443/form/gcerules (select the appropriate chapter name for your comment).

Deadline to submit comments—November 9, 2020

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Private Property Towing for Expired Registrations

TDLR Updates

March 26, 2020

Private Property Towing for Expired Registration

Question: Can I perform a private property tow for a vehicle with an expired registration?

Answer: No. On March 13, 2020, Governor Greg Abbott issued a proclamation, declaring a state of disaster for all counties in Texas due to the threat of COVID-19. Governor Abbott also issued a statement on March 16, 2020, granting a temporary extension to obtain an initial registration and renewal of registration for a vehicle. Tex. Occ. Code § 2308.253 (d) and (e) prohibit the towing of vehicles from private property on the basis of an expired license plate or registration unless certain requirements are met. Due to the extension granted for obtaining the initial registration or renewal of registration for a vehicle, tow companies may not tow vehicles from private property for expired registration or renewals until further notice.

Contact Info

  • Southwest Tow Operators
  • 660 N Central Expressway, Suite 230
  • Plano, Texas 75074
  • Toll Free: (866) 320-9300

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