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Short-term rental battle moves to the Texas Legislature


Austin’s battle over regulations of short-term rental properties rages on — now in the Texas Legislature, which is considering a measure to overturn Austin rental rules.

The proposed bill, from state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, would bar local jurisdictions from prohibiting short-term rentals and allow jurisdictions to regulate them only for health and safety purposes.

The proposal brought Mayor Steve Adler and Council Member Ellen Troxclair out to the Capitol Tuesday to speak on opposite sides of the issue in a public hearing before the Senate Business and Commerce Committee. Austin city policies put strict limits on capacity in such rentals and phase out full-time short-term rentals in neighborhoods by 2022.

Read the full story about how Adler and Troxclair made their cases, and what advocates on both sides told lawmakers.



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