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  • Thursday, September 28, 2017

    Statement on Don Willett

    For immediate release

    Texas Supreme Court Justice Don Willett is being nominated for a spot on the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. 

    Texas Watch Executive Director Ware Wendell released the following statement:

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  • HB 1964 Leaves Texas Tenants High and Dry

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    Cheaters should never win. But tomorrow, the Texas House will debate legislation that would let cheating landlords off the hook.

    Under Texas law, landlords are not allowed to profit from water and can only pass along the actual cost of the utility to their tenants. When scamming landlords are caught hiking up these charges, tenants can band together and hold them accountable in court. There’s strength in numbers, allowing individual tenants to stand up to large, out-of- state apartment management companies. 

  • House Passes Blue Tarp Bill

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    This Friday, the Texas House voted 92 to 55 to pass HB 1774, one of the #BlueTarpBills. The passage of this legislation would provide cover for already powerful insurance companies, while gutting the rights of Texas families, businesses, churches, and schools. This vote is a blow to Texas property owners.
    But, the fight is still not over. We need you to raise your voice and help us defeat this insurance giveaway. 

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    Thursday, May 4, 2017

  • Press Release: HB 1774 House Vote

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    The Texas House voted this evening 91 to 55 for preliminary approval of HB 1774, one of the #BlueTarpBills pushed by the insurance industry and their allies this session. The bill slashes penalties for property insurers that wrongly delay weather-related claims, pushes cases into federal courts where it takes twice as long to receive justice, and threatens access to justice by increasing costs, delay, and risk for those wronged by insurers. The bill has broad application beyond hail claims and would impact millions of Texas property owners if signed into law.

  • Texans Across the Board are Against the Blue Tarp Bills

    Monday, May 1, 2017

    Texans across the political spectrum are against The Blue Tarp Bills. The bills are a giveaway to insurance companies, striping policyholders of their legal protections and making it even easier for insurers to deny, delay, and underpay the valid claims of property owners. The Texas House will debate this dangerous legislation as early as this Thursday.

  • Press Release: Senate Business & Commerce Committee Approves Blue Tarp Bill

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    The Texas Senate Business & Commerce Committee voted 7-1 today to approve SB 10, one of the Blue Tarp Bills being pushed by the property insurance industry and their colleagues at TLR. 

    Texas Watch Executive Director Ware Wendell released the following statement: "This legislation threatens every property owner in this state. It is a giveaway to insurance companies at the expense of Texas families, businesses, churches, and schools. Lawmakers should represent their constituents, not the insurance industry."