Archived Issues and News
For the 4th session in a row, Rep. Tom Craddick (Midland) filed a bill to create a traffic violation for smartphone use while driving. While there is not a statewide smartphone use law for all drivers, Texas has several laws in place that regulate cell phone use while driving. State law bans cell phone use for drivers under 18; school bus drivers are prohibited from using a cell phone while driving with children on the bus; and drivers cannot use a cell phone or other handheld wireless device in an active school zone where signs are present.
The Midland Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors has adopted a resolution In Support of the Reauthorization of the Type 4B Sales Tax for the City of Midland. To read the resolution CLICK HERE. For more information on the Type 4B Sales Tax, please visit: www.4bmidland.com
The Midland Chamber of Commerce's Board of Directors has adopted a position in support of the 2016 Tax Ratification Election (TRE) for Midland ISD. Click HERE to read the full position statement.
As part of the $1.1 trillion spending package passed by Congress, President Obama signed legislation into law effectively ending the oil export ban from the 1970’s.
Texas lawmakers approved open carry legislation allowing licensed Texans to carry handguns in plain view in belt or shoulder holsters. Click here to see a summary of new laws passed in the 84th Regular Legislative Session that impact Concealed Handgun Licensing. Private businesses may continue to prohibit the carrying of handguns, whether concealed or open, into their place of business. However, in order to do so, they must post signs on the property to prohibit entry by a licensed holder with a handgun. Click here for examples of what the signs must look like.
The big statewide transportation measure was Proposition 7, and it passed with more than 86% of the vote. The measure raises money for road projects by dedicating a portion of sales tax revenue, as well as diverting a percentage of the motor vehicle sales tax.
We have compiled a Summary Report of the 84th Senate and House Interim Charges, which may affect our members, that we are following.
Letter sent to the EPA regarding proposed Ozone regulations
Letter sent to Elected officials regarding proposed changes to the Texas Franchise Law
Letter sent to Chamber members (via email and FaceBook) advocating that the federal ban on oil & gas exports be lifted