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WHAT IS THE CURRENT MUNICIPAL ANNEXATION LAW IN TEXAS?

THE TEXAS LEGISLATURE AND GOVERNOR ABBOTT RECENTLY UPDATED TEXAS ANNEXATION LAW.  EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 1, 2017 BY SPECIAL SESSION SENATE BILL 6 , AMENDED TEXAS LOCAL GOVERNMENT CODE, CHAPTER 43 .  NOW A SMALL NUMBER OF URBAN TEXAS COUNTIES (THOSE WITH A POPULATION OF 500,OOO OR MORE) FROM UNILATERAL (ALSO KNOWN AS FORCED) ANNEXATION.   

DOES THE AMENDED LAW PROTECT BELL COUNTY, TEXAS?

NO.  RURAL COUNTIES, LIKE BELL COUNTY, MUST USE THE PETITION PROCESS IN CHAPTER 43, SECTION 43.001 (3)(B) TO OPT IN BY COLLECTING THE SIGNATURES OF 10 PERCENT OF THE REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE COUNTY TO REQUEST A BALLOT MEASURE IN ORDER TO EXTEND THE PROTECTIONS OF THE LAW.

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF EMPOWER BELL COUNTY TEXANS PETITION DRIVE?  TO GATHER SIGNATURES FROM 10% OF BELL COUNTY REGISTERED VOTERS BY MAY 7, 2018 TO PETITION THE BELL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS TO PUT A MEASURE ON THE NOVEMBER 6, BALLOT TO END FORCED ANNEXATION.

DO I HAVE TO BE A REGISTERED VOTER IN BELL COUNTY, TEXAS TO SIGN THE PETITION?    YES.

CAN I SIGN THE PETITION ONLINE?   NO.  THE PETITION FORMS WERE ISSUED BY THE BELL COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE, ARE SERIAL NUMBERED AND SIGNATURES MUST BE PLACED ON THE FORMS ALONG WITH NAME, ADDRESS, AND DATE OF BIRTH.

HOW DO I REGISTER TO VOTE IF I WANT TO SIGN THE PETITION?  YOU CAN REGISTER TO VOTE AT WWW.VOTETEXAS.GOV

WHAT ABOUT REGISTERED VOTERS IN THE CITY LIMITS?  CAN WE SIGN?

YES – THIS PETITION AFFECTS ALL BELL COUNTY RESIDENTS AND THEIR INDIVIDUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS.

WHAT ABOUT THE NEED FOR CITIES IN BELL COUNTY TO GROW?   CITIES SHOULD NOT GROW THEIR BOUNDARIES BY UNILATERALLY ANNEXING LAND WITHOUT LANDOWNERS CONSENT.  IF LANDOWNERS IN BELL COUNTY WANT TO BE ANNEXED, THEN CITIES CAN ENTER INTO VOLUNTARY ANNEXATION AGREEMENTS.   FORCING LANDOWNER INTO CITY LIMITS WITHOUT THEIR CONSENT SHOULD NO LONGER BE A LAW IN BELL COUNTY OR IN THE GREAT STATE OF TEXAS.

HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? OR LEARN MORE?

VISIT OUR CALL TO ACTION! OR WHERE CAN I SIGN? PAGES ON THIS SITE.

WHERE DO I FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ANNEXATION LAW IN TEXAS? 

ENDING FORCED ANNEXATION – ONE PAGE SUMMARY BY TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION

TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION BLOG – ENDING FORCED ANNEXATION

POLICY PAPER WITH HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE BY TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION

NO VOICE, NO VOTE TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY VIDEO – 2016 FORUM ON FORCED ANNEXATION

GOVERNOR ABBOTT OP-ED “FORCED ANNEXATION IS UN-TEXAN”

TEXANS STILL FIGHTING FORCED ANNEXATION BY ERIN ANDERSON, EMPOWER TEXANS

TEXAS LOST: WHAT HAPPENED TO CONSENT OF THE GOVERNED? EMPOWER TEXANS GUEST COMMENTARY

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