|Apr 25, 2019|
|The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation and City of San Antonio are prioritizing global markets for various industries in our region, including aerospace, bioscience, manufacturing, cybersecurity, energy and manufacturing. They seek input on the markets identified using data for exports, foreign direct investment and collaboration.
|Cybersecurity growth momentum continues with the latest globally recognized company to select San Antonio for its expansion. On April 25, Booz Allen Hamilton, which currently employs 500 San Antonians, will announce plans to expand in downtown San Antonio, adding 250 new high-wage, highly technical jobs.
|86th Legislative Session Update
Short-Term Rental Bill
HB 3778 by Chair Angie Chen Button, relating to regulation of short-term rental units, was heard in House Urban Affairs on April 4. There were over 50 public testimonies regarding this bill. It was left pending in committee. A committee substitute is being drafted, but it is currently unclear whether the substitute will lead to a vote on the bill once finished.
This week, Senator Brandon Creighton’s 4 pre-emption bills (SB 2485 and SB 2488) all passed the Senate and have been received by the House. SB 2486 and SB 2487 have already been referred to the House State Affairs Committee, though their hearing date has not been set.
ATD Expansion Legislation
HB 3258 by Representative Ina Minjarez, relating to an authorization to increase the sales and use tax collected in an advanced transportation district of a metropolitan rapid transit authority, was voted favorably from House Ways and Means on April 17. Its next step will be to clear the House Calendars Committee in order to be placed on the House General Calendar.
Tuition Revenue Bond Bill
On April 17, HB 2000 by Chair Chris Turner, relating to authorizing the issuance of revenue bonds to fund capital projects at public institutions of higher education, passed the House with no amendments. Currently, the $82 million allotted for the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio remains intact. It is now headed to the Senate where Senator Royce West will be its sponsor. There has not been an appetite for this type of legislation in the Senate, but we will work to encourage Senate Higher Education Chairman Brandon Creighton to set the bill for a hearing.
Minimum Wage Legislation
HB 3504 by Representative Trey Martinez Fischer, relating to the minimum wage, has yet to receive a hearing in House International Relations and Economic Development. It is important to note that May 9 is the last day that House bills can be considered on second reading. This means that any bill that does not pass the House floor by midnight on May 9 is considered dead. HB 3504 does not have a companion bill in the Senate.
|Please help us congratulate NSAC Board Member, Trey Dawson, on being promoted to Senior Vice President at Pape-Dawson Engineers. Trey is a valued and respected member of the North Chamber Board, where he serves as Chairman of the Workforce and Business Development Council and Golf Tournament Committee and is also active on the Government Affairs and Gala Committees. His commitment to the San Antonio business community, to Pape-Dawson Engineers and the people it employs, exemplifies the family business legacy and the leadership qualities we have all come to know and appreciate when working with Trey.
Trey, thank you for all you do that reflects so positively on the North SA Chamber and its members.
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Chamber staff, congratulations on your promotion and continued success in all you do!
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