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Legislative Update: April 13, 2021

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This is an update on historic preservation-related legislative activity during the 87th Texas Legislative Session. Legislation is being considered in Austin that impact historic district designation, county funding for preservation, tax credits, markers, monuments, local tax appraisals, Main Street, and related issues. The bill filing deadline was March 12, and bills are being assigned to… More »

Advocacy Alert: SB 10 Restricts the Voices of Local Communities

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This Advocacy Alert concerns Senate Bill 10.  The bill has been brought to our attention by community and organizational partners including the Texas Downtown Association (TDA) and is being referred to as the “community censorship bill.” According to the TDA, this bill would prohibit cities from hiring lobbyists to advocate for their communities in the… More »

Legislative Update: HB 1756 Supports County Preservation Efforts

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A change has been proposed to state law that will make it possible for all Texas counties to fund preservation projects. Preservation Texas supports this change. What is proposed? House Bill 1756 and Senate Bill 1542 are identical. Both would change existing law to allow counties of any size to grant money from the county’s… More »

Legislative Update: March 30, 2021 (updated 3/31)

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This is an update on historic preservation-related legislative activity during the 87th Texas Legislative Session. Legislation is being considered in Austin that impact historic district designation, county funding for preservation, tax credits, markers, monuments, local tax appraisals, Main Street, and related issues. The bill filing deadline was March 12, and bills are being assigned to… More »

Advocacy Alert: HB 1474 Restricts Local Historic Districts

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The Culture, Recreation, and Tourism Committee of the Texas House of Representatives will hold a public hearing at 1:00 PM CST on Monday, March 22, 2021 to consider House Bill 1474, introduced by Rep. John Cyrier. We want you to know that the last minute changes to the original bill filed in January would require a… More »

Statewide News: February 4, 2021

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PRESERVATION TEXAS WELCOMES SERENA PUTEGNAT OF BROWNSVILLE TO BOARD OF DIRECTORS Brownsville attorney and preservationist Serena Putegnat has joined the Preservation Texas Board of Directors for a three-year term.  We look forward to working with Serena to address critical preservation issues in South Texas.  Also returning to the board for a second three-year term will… More »

Texas Dance Hall Preservation Raises Over $250,000 for Dance Hall Relief

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Texas Dance Hall Preservation raises over $250,000 for Dance Hall Relief Austin, TX  –  Texas Dance Hall Preservation (TDHP) has closed fundraising in December for the Texas Dance Hall Relief Fund after exceeding its goal. Due to COVID-19, dance halls across Texas have been largely closed down since March 2020, with many forced to cancel… More »

THC Approves Undertold Marker Topics

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The Texas Historical Commission approved fifteen Undertold Marker topics at its quarterly meeting on February 3, 2021. A total of 67 applications were made from 36 counties.  Included among the fifteen was a marker topic submitted by Preservation Texas recognizing the Chinese laborers who worked on the construction of the Houston & Texas Central Railroad… More »

Statewide News: January 5, 2021

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Alpine: Museum of the Big Bend receives $750,000 NEH grant The Texas Centennial building will get much needed updates and upgrades to its infrastructure including HVAC and security systems… Austin: Oral histories of Downs Field donated to Austin History Center, Huston-Tillotson Originally conceived as a racially segregated facility in the Jim Crow era, Downs Field was home… More »