Dear TCA Members,
Following the 2019 legislative session, I wrote a message to you about perseverance. Then, and now, TCA constantly looks for ways to advocate on issues of importance to the construction industry before the Texas Legislature. I’m proud to say that following a less than stellar session in 2019, we pressed forward on many of our issues and our perseverance paid off.
The 87th Texas Legislature concluded its regular session duties on May 31st and the Governor’s veto window closed on June 20th. After all was said and done, the 2021 legislative session was a very successful one for TCA and the construction industry as a whole.
Working with ABC and AGC, we were finally able to pass design defect liability reform. Effective September 1, 2021, contractors will no longer be liable for damages due to defects in design documents provided to them by someone other than their own subcontractors. Our negotiations since 2019 with the Texas Association of Builders and other stakeholders on updates to Chapter 53, Property Code, led to legislation that makes the lien laws more user-friendly and fairer for our members.
For more information on these and a dozen other bills visit the TCA Newsroom by clicking the News & Events tab on our home page. For a deeper dive into construction issues from the legislative session, I am hopeful you will register for TCA’s Legislative Update Webinar on August 3rd. Free to TCA members!