TLTA got its 2014-2015 year underway last month, and I'm honored to be serving as your new president. First, I'd like to send a personal thank you to those who volunteered to help TLTA with its many tasks and services last year. It was a successful year under Joe Grealish's leadership. Second, a big thank you to those of you who volunteered this year. It is because of your willingness to share your ideas, expertise and time that I expect TLTA and our industry in general to have another good year.

If you are interested in getting involved, there are still opportunities and we'd love to have you. Contact to sign up for a committee, or visit your profile on the TLTA website to give us your name and interests and we will call on you on an as-needed basis.

As we move through the summer, we have several things going on at TLTA. Last month, the Board of Directors came together in Dallas for our yearly planning and strategy session. We discussed our upcoming work for the year, approved a new budget and heard reports from each of our committee chairs.

The Board has also been discussing the American Land Title Association's (ALTA) "Title Insurance and Settlement Company Best Practices." The process of determining how to become compliant with these new lender-driven market standards can be daunting for agents, and it is TLTA's goal to provide information and resources to help you better understand that process. We will be hosting a one-day educational program dedicated to this topic the day before our Texas Land Title Institute in San Antonio on Dec. 3. Stay tuned to TLTA's Institute website for more information soon and plan to attend this very important program.

Another ongoing discussion among our Board of Directors and our committees is the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's (CFPB) TILA-RESPA Integrated Disclosure rule, which will go into effect in August 2015 — that's less than one year away!


TLTA has taken a leading role in communications with the lenders to learn what these disclosures look like from a processing perspective and what role we play in the process. In the coming months, TLTA will be providing several educational opportunities so you can learn what you need to do to be ready. Stay tuned to our education website for more information about those programs.

At the state level, our Regulatory Committee has been discussing potential items to be considered at the next Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) rule hearing that could take place in the coming months. I appreciate their hard work, and if you have any issues that require the attention of the Regulatory Committee, please submit this form to

TLTA was also recently asked by TDI to form a joint task force of TLTA members and TDI staff to perform a comprehensive review of The Basic Manual for the Writing of Title Insurance in the State of Texas. Last week, a group of about 40 volunteers met to discuss the overall formatting and organization of the manual. As the process moves forward, the group will also develop recommended revisions to improve ease of use. Our initial meeting was very successful and we are thankful to TDI Commissioner Julia Rathgeber for stopping by. If you're interested in participating in this process, please email

Again, I am really honored to serve as your president this year, and appreciate the confidence you've placed in me. Please reach out to me anytime during the year with any ideas, concerns or thoughts on how TLTA may better serve you!


Dawn Moore
TLTA President


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