Better luck next time I guess.
AUSTIN — With a midnight deadline approaching, the author of a bill in the Texas House designed to make homeowners associations more accountable to their communities said he would rather let the measure die than accept a weakened version promoted by Houston homebuilder and mega-political-donor Bob Perry.
A frustrated state Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, pulled his bill down after the House accepted an amendment he said would put into law “some of the worst business practices out there.” He blamed homebuilder Perry and his chief lobbyist, Austin attorney Buddy Jones, for killing his legislation with a “misinformation” campaign.
Solomons said it was the second time Perry had thwarted efforts to rein in abuses by homeowners associations. In a speech on the House floor, Solomons said a bill that had passed the House last session had 25 supporters on the floor of the Senate — easily a majority — but Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst — after fielding complaints from Perry — refused to call the bill up for a vote.