Texas Public Policy Foundation applauds Abbott's efforts to stop municipal overreach

Research analyst J.D. Rimann said Gov. Greg Abbott was right to call out municipalities that have overstepped regulations.   File photo

The Texas Public Policy Foundation is applauding Gov. Greg Abbott’s call for reducing what the organization calls “regulatory overreach” and his push to stop local governments from overregulation.

In a recent blog post, Texas Public Policy Foundation research analyst J.D. Rimann said Abbott was right to call out municipalities that have overstepped regulations, specifically when it comes to short-term rentals (STR), during the recent special session.

“Across Texas, municipalities have enacted burdensome STR policies which intrude upon the property rights of Texan citizens,” Rimann states in his article. “Among the worst offenders, unsurprisingly, has been the city of Austin — which was specifically called out during the governor’s speech — who passed an ordinance which allows for warrantless searches and blatantly infringes on the rights of Texans. It would allow for action to be taken by the legislature to restore the rights of Texans who desire to operate an STR on their own private property, and are being prevented from doing so by unconstitutional regulations.”

Rimann also wrote that if Abbott chose to do so, he could broaden the special session to call on local regulations restricting tree removal to apply to all use of private property.  

“Regulating what property owners can or cannot do with trees on their property is bad enough; regulating what they can do with their own homes is even worse,” Rimann wrote.

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