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NPT Capitol: Marquez passes bill targetting colonia building codes

From the office of St Rep. Marisa Marquez:

“Today, all of Texas wins. Border counties finally get some authority to regulate building and the rest of the state avoids the problems we have lived with in El Paso,” said Marquez.


Rep. Marquez Passes County Building Standards Bill With Statewide Effect

HB 2833 Now On the Fast Track to The Governor’s Desk

AUSTIN, TX–Freshman State Rep. Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso) passed a major bill through the house today that will allow counties to maintain building standards in unincorporated areas of Texas counties after the dissolution of the Texas Residential Construction Commission (TRCC) later this year. The bill also, for the first time, allows the border counties to do the same, a major development in the continuing issue of colonias. Marquez and Sen. Eliot Shapleigh (D-El Paso) worked closely and swiftly to remedy a problem brought on by the expiration of TRCC. The senate must now pass and the governor must sign the bill for it to become law. The bill applies to all counties except one, Loving County.

“When we saw that regulations were disappearing, we knew we had to do something to ensure that substandard housing did not crop up overnight across the state. In the border counties, we have been fighting that very circumstance for years,” said Marquez.

A bill that began as an effort to regulate building and land use in border counties in order to limit the spread of colonias became the only way to ensure that over 200 Texas counties retain some ability to regulate residential construction in their unincorporated areas. With the death of TRCC, Title 16, Property Code, which gives counties the ability to regulate certain building activities, would also go away, leaving the threat of substandard housing ringing cities a very real possibility. With the passage of Marquez’s bill, HB 2833, that can be prevented.

“Today, all of Texas wins. Border counties finally get some authority to regulate building and the rest of the state avoids the problems we have lived with in El Paso,” said Marquez.

HB 2833 is a major victory for the El Paso freshman and for Texas homeowners. The bill allows for building standards in unincorporated areas of Texas counties and gives counties the option of requiring notice for inspections. It sets up a basic regulatory framework being used in cities across the state in which third parties inspect new residential construction.

Marquez is serving her first term in the Texas House of Representatives. She represents District 77, containing downtown El Paso, UTEP, and neighborhoods near Fort Bliss. She sits on three committees: Corrections, County Affairs, and Rules & Resolutions.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 31, 2009

Contact: Michael Garemko

Phone: (512) 463-0638

Email: michael.garemko@house.state.tx.us

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Written by newspapertreeelpaso

May 31, 2009 at 8:58 pm

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