Have you ever heard someone comment on the importance of being “at the table” when the Texas Legislature is debating laws that govern our lives and our business?

I can tell you that Texas REALTORS® literally have a seat at the table.

The 86th Texas Legislature is now about halfway through its 140-day session.

In February, I had the privilege of testifying before the Senate Committee on Property Taxes on behalf of our association.

The committee was discussing Senate Bill 2—a bill that would make several much-needed improvements to the property tax system and ensure taxpayers have more transparency in the process.

The message I relayed to the committee was clear: Texas REALTORS® believe lawmakers must improve the system that’s leading to out-of-control property tax bills across the state.

I sat at the witness table as the first public witness when the bill had its very first hearing and I shared our recommendations for improving the bill.

And they listened.

That committee approved SB 2 with all the pro-property owner changes Texas REALTORS® recommended.

By the time this column is in print, the bill will likely have moved farther along in the legislative process.

But this is just one of the 1,000-plus bills we’re following … and there’s a long way to go before the session ends May 27.

The real power is in you as their constituent. That’s why it’s critical for you to be in Austin on March 26 to discuss real estate-related legislation with your lawmakers.

Make plans now to attend REALTOR® Day at the Texas Capitol with your local association—your presence truly makes a difference in protecting consumers and our industry.

We must work harder than ever to maintain our strength as advocates for Texas real estate.

You can proudly tell clients and colleagues that Texas REALTORS® is at the table fighting for them. Because when you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.