February 2008



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Rule hearing comment period ends; no official adoption yet

The Commissioner of Insurance has not officially adopted any Basic Manual changes as proposed at the 2006 Rule Hearing on real property title insurance. More Story

Proposed changes to charges for tax searches motivate membership

On January 16, TLTA sent a Call to Action requesting members submit comments on proposed Agenda Item #44, relating to charges for tax services. More Story

Personal Property Title Insurance Approved by Commissioner

The Texas Department of Insurance has officially adopted rules and forms for the writing of personal property title insurance, effective March 31, 2008.  More Story

Rate Hearing date change

The 2006 Rate Hearing that was originally set for March 31 will be rescheduled. A large number of parties to the hearing filed a motion for continuance in order to have more time to prepare testimony based upon the current market conditions. More Story
Changes to Basic Manual coming soon
As reported in this Dateline Austin, the rule hearing order is still pending with the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI). Once it is finalized we will send out an order form. More Story
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Interim studies set priorities for next session

Committees in both the House and Senate will begin meeting to set priorities for the upcoming session. More Story

Sunset Commission holds organizational meeting - TDI up for review

The Sunset Commission met on January 10 to discuss their schedule and other items of business. More Story

Legislative committee to begin planning agenda for next session

The TLTA Legislative Committee under the direction of Chair Roland Love (Winstead PC, Dallas) is scheduled to meet in Austin on February 21 to begin preliminary discussions on any changes the industry would like to see next session. More Story


Be a part of history! 

You can support the TLTAPAC and also make history by joining the Centennial Club. All you have to do is contribute $100 or more by June 30 to become a member. More Story

PAC Trustees approve primary election contributions 

The TLTAPAC Trustees met on February 6 to approve contributions for candidates in the upcoming primary election to be held on March 4. More Story

TLTAPAC Annual Golf Tournament 

It is not too early to begin thinking about the annual TLTAPAC Golf Tournament held in conjunction with the annual conference. This year's tournament will be held at the magnificently scenic Westin La Cantera Resort. More Story


TLTA comments on proposed Uniform Closing Instructions

As we reported to you in December, the American Land Title Association along with the Mortgage Bankers Association, are proposing new uniform closing instructions to become effective in early spring of 2008. More Story

FBI - Mortgage Fraud Report, December 4, 2007

Analysis of available law enforcement and industry resources indicates that the top ten mortgage fraud areas are California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Utah. More Story


Fort Worth elects democratic representative
It has been at least 30 years since a democrat has won in the southwest area of Tarrant County. Dan Barrett, an attorney, received 52 percent of the vote in a special election runoff to replace retiring Rep. Ann Mowery. More Story

Senator Janek to retire 

Senator Kyle Janek (R-Houston) will retire after serving 14 years in the Texas Legislature. More Story