Last Chance to get Chapter 313 Reauthorized (HB 4242)
Updated: May 26, 2021
Time is of the essence to extend Chapter 313, the Texas Economic Development Act. HB 4242 is the last option to keep Chapter 313 alive by extending its expiration date for two years, until December 31, 2024. The bill has been on the Senate Intent Calendar and could be heard by the Senate today, May 26. Bills placed on the Intent Calendar are not taken up in any particular order, and the Senate routinely considers only a portion of those measures listed on the Intent Calendar for a given day. A bill can be placed on the Intent Calendar but not be discussed that day because it doesn’t have the support needed to be referred for debate. That means some bills die on the Intent Calendar without ever being discussed in the full Senate.
Chapter 313 of the Texas code provides to tax breaks to businesses new to Texas. Efforts to reform the Chapter 313 economic development program failed in the House when HB 1556 (Rep. Murphy) encountered opposition on the House Floor. This opposition caused Rep. Murphy to suspend his efforts, ultimately killing his bill.
Efforts to reauthorize Chapter 313 are now focused on the passage of HB 4242, which is a simple two-year extension of the Texas Economic Development Act. This extension will allow Texas to remain competitive for major, capital-intensive projects. Yesterday, your Chamber of sent a joint letter with San Antonio Economic Development Foundation (SAEDF) to Lt. Governor Patrick requesting his support to bring HB 4242 to the Senate floor for a vote.