Dear TLTA members,
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.
TLTA has also put together this handy list of all the bills we're monitoring, including bills on the affirmative agenda and the bills on which your board has taken a position. And remember that the TLTA Texas Title Insurance Works Toolbox is also a great resource that can help you when talking to friends or customers about title insurance, why it's important and why these bills could be bad news for consumers and all of us.
While it can be tough to take your eyes off the legislative session, I encourage you to think ahead to June and register for the Annual Conference and Business Meeting in New Orleans. The Conference is always a fantastic time to get to know your fellow title industry colleagues and partners, network and develop connections. I hope to see you there as well.
Again, legislative sessions can be challenging to work through, and this one has been no exception. However, I thank you for your continued support of your association. If you have ideas or tips on how we can better serve you as members, just let us know.
James H. Dudley, IV
Texas Land Title Association