By Pilar Arias
The Texas Annexations Right-to-Vote Act, now called Senate Bill 6 is making its way through the legislature during the special session.
“Senate Bill 6 protects the property rights of owners who live outside the city limits,” Senator Donna Campbell said during a Senate Committee on State Affairs hearing Sunday.
During the regular session the bill was filibustered by Sen. Jose Menendez. Campbell said his intention was to defend big cities.
Campbell said the bill makes local governments more accountable and limits their appetites to tax, spend and expand with no end in sight. Some of the biggest supporters of the bill include people living along I-10 and Camp Bullis, one of the areas the city of San Antonio has expressed interest in annexing.
At least one member of the committee told Campbell that laws are already on the books to protect those who wish not to be annexed, but Campbell said during her statement that it’s been roughly 20 years since annexation has been addressed in any comprehensive way. The revised bill addresses military installations, something critics of the previous bill said did not.