As I begin my year as the 103rd president of the Texas Land Title Association, I am honored to be following in the footsteps of so many wonderful and talented leaders in our industry. I want to again thank James Dudley for an incredible year of leadership and hard work, and to recognize our own talented and dedicated TLTA staff. The time and effort Leslie and Aaron spent implementing the plans and strategies developed with the lobby team and Board of Directors goes above and beyond any prior issues I have seen in my 33 years in the industry. The same recognition goes to all the board members, committee chairs and committee members who voluntarily gave their time and talent to our association. There were many issues facing our association and everyone stepped up to the plate and contributed.
Now that the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature is over and TLTA has emerged victorious against the forces that wanted to change our safe and stable industry, I want to send a special thanks to all of our members who worked so hard to make sure that legislation threatening our work and our customers didn't pass. We owe you quite a few thank-yous! Whether you testified against HB 4239, made a PAC contribution, met with your legislator, contacted your legislator during session, attended Day at the Capitol, served on our Legislative Committee or simply spread the truth about the title insurance industry, TLTA thanks you for your dedication and support. In addition, our tireless legislative team deserves a special thanks for their incredible work over not just the last few months, but the year and a half spent preparing for this session!
As you know, this legislative session has been an incredibly busy and challenging one so far, especially as it relates to our industry.
We are continuing to work to defeat legislation that could upend our safe, stable Texas system. The House Committee on Insurance may have a hearing on HB 4239 – the bill by Sen. Muñoz on reregulation – in the next couple of weeks. This bill would create a file-and-use/flexible band rating system, and TLTA is strongly opposed to it. If this bill gets a hearing, I plan to be there, and if you're a constituent of a House Committee on Insurance or House Committee on Calendars member, we need your presence, too. You can contact Mark Shilling, the TLTA grassroots coordinator, for more details and to confirm your participation.
I hope your 2017 is off to a great start. Now that the Texas Legislature is in session, we have a lot of work to do. We are actively engaged in fighting SB 372, which was filed back in December, and we expect more legislation with similar goals to be filed soon. If passed, SB 372 would not just severely alter the way our industry operates – it would also severely alter our customers' access to title insurance.