TAAHP monitors year-round legislative activities that could impact housing-related programs and services. As an association driven by its members, TAAHP uses data and policy analysis to advocate for research-driven legislative priorities that expand housing opportunities for all Texans.

The Texas 88th Legislature commenced on January 10, and will run for 140 days, ending on May 29, 2023. TAAHP is excited for this new session and the opportunity to promote legislation that supports the affordable housing industry.

88th Legislative Session Timeline

  • November 14, 2022: Bill filing began
  • January 10, 2023: First day of Session
  • March 10, 2023: Bill filing deadline (some exceptions)
  • May 29, 2023: Last day of Session (adjournment sine die)
  • June 18, 2023: Deadline for governor to sign or veto legislation
  • September 1, 2023: Effective date for finally passed bills (unless otherwise dated)

TAAHP Member-Driven Process:

TAAHP members lead the association’s public policy initiatives at every step. During interim years between sessions, members of the TAAHP Government Affairs Committee meet biweekly to discuss housing issues and policies affecting the affordable housing industry

Since the last legislative session, TAAHP’s Government Affairs Committee nominated TAAHP members to serve on subcommittees to focus on TAAHP’s main policy priorities. Within these subcommittees, members met with subject matter experts and stakeholders to discuss policy and legislative solutions. The final recommendations from each subcommittee are submitted to the full Government Affairs Committee and TAAHP’s Executive Board for consideration. Upon approval, TAAHP prioritizes issues and corresponding proposed legislation. TAAHP government affairs leadership creates the association’s strategy for the upcoming legislative session in terms of proposed legislation and TAAHP’s response to other legislation being considered

At legislative hearings, TAAHP leaders and members may testify in support or opposition to proposed bills. They may also submit written testimony or simply sign a statement in general support or opposition of any given legislation being heard in committee. Lawmakers depend on these professional perspectives about how proposed legislation may affect the industry locally or statewide.

During the legislative session, TAAHP provides the following member benefits:

Texas Legislative News

During the Session, we provide regular updates on what’s happening at the Capitol. These updates included important testimony, hearings to watch, legislative-related resources, and more. If you have any questions about proposed legislation or advocacy, please email [email protected].

TAAHP’s Advocacy Center

TAAHP’s Advocacy Center enables TAAHP’s legislative team to implement a coordinated communications and grassroots advocacy campaign through email, e-newsletters and alert messages, and is where members can quickly and easily participate in the legislative process. The advocacy center includes the following legislative resources for TAAHP members:

Find Legislation & Housing Bill Tracker

Through the advocacy center, you can search for legislation and see the housing-related bills that TAAHP is tracking.

Who Represents Me?

Information is available about who represents you in the Texas Legislature, and the Texas delegation in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. You can also contact them directly on the advocacy center.

Advocacy Campaigns

Throughout the session, TAAHP will launch multiple advocacy campaigns for high-priority housing bills. This function allows TAAHP members to easily contact their elected officials with a message in support or opposition to a particular bill or issue.

Rally Day – March 21, 2023

Rally Day 2023

Every other year when the Texas Legislature is in session, TAAHP, the Texas Association of Local Housing Finance Agencies (TALHFA), and Rural Rental Housing Association of Texas (RRHA) host a Rally Day and reception in Austin, Texas. This in-person event is scheduled for Tuesday, March 21, 2023, at the Texas State Capitol. Registration will include a pre-rally day networking social at The Stephen F. Austin Hotel Terrace and Bar on March 20th from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Our goal is to bring together a coalition of housing advocates to ensure affordable housing communities are being developed at the highest quality level for low- to moderate-income individuals and families in Texas. This year’s Rally Day will bring legislators, TAAHP members, Housing Advocates, and Public & Private stakeholders to discuss legislative issues affecting the affordable housing industry in the state. Click here to register today.

We have a variety of Sponsorship opportunities and levels that will give your company quality brand exposure while helping to support the industry’s effort to advocate for affordable housing in the legislature. Sponsorships can be purchased online or email [email protected] if you are interested and have any questions.

TAAHP’s Legislative Agenda Review Webcast

Click here to view TAAHP’s Legislative Overview (Member Log In Required), where TAAHP’s Government Affairs Committee and Subcommittee leadership explain TAAHP’s priorities for the 88th Legislative Session.

Additional Texas Legislature Resources

Texas Legislative Process

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The Texas legislative process is governed by the Texas Constitution and applicable statutes (available on the Texas Constitution and Statutes webpage) and by the rules of procedure of the senate and house of representatives that are adopted at the beginning of a regular session. This publication provides a general summary of the different phases of the legislative process. The process described specifies “bill,” although resolutions follow similar steps. See the subsequent discussion regarding the legislative process for joint resolutions, concurrent resolutions, and simple resolutions for differences specific to those documents.

Contacting Your Legislators

For information about how to find, contact, and address your legislators, visit TAAHP’s Advocacy Action Center and click where it says “Who’s Your Legislator”.

Do You Have Multiple Business Addresses? Know a Legislator? Donated to a Legislator?

Click here to tell us who you have connections with and name up to 5 business addresses in different congressional districts (offices or properties you own). When TAAHP initiates a campaign, any legislator you identify as a key relationship with or who represents the areas where you do business will receive your message — expanding the reach of the campaign beyond where you live. Our goal is to identify the power supporters in our database whose unique relationships with legislators or staffers can help move the needle on TAAHP’s issues.

TAAHP’s Advocacy Center enables TAAHP’s legislative team to implement a coordinated communications and grassroots advocacy campaign through email, e-newsletters, and alert messages and is where members can quickly and easily participate in the legislative process.