Approval of annexation agreements.

Authors: Senator James Buck, Senator Michael Crider, Senator Philip Boots

Sponsors: Representative Robert Cherry

Co-Sponsors: Representative Heath VanNatter

Advisors: Senator Michael Crider, Senator Jean Breaux, Senator Philip Boots


Establishes requirements for an agreement executed and recorded after June 30, 2014, between a municipality and owners of real property, if all or part of the consideration for the agreement is that the owners agree to the annexation of their property or agree not to remonstrate or withdraw a remonstrance against an annexation by the municipality. Amends a provision that allows 100% of owners of land to file a petition requesting annexation as follows: (1) Allows owners of noncontiguous property to petition for annexation. (2) Removes the requirement that the landowners reside within the annexation territory. With certain exceptions, places a moratorium on annexations from April 1, 2014, to July 1, 2015. Requires a court with regard to a remonstrance filed after March 31, 2014, and before July 1, 2015, to award attorney's fees and expenses to the signers of the remonstrance. Urges the legislative council to assign annexation topics to an interim committee for study during the 2014 legislative interim.