AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The owners of four Austin-area hotels have sent letters to the Texas governor seeking to rescind his proclamation that banned new construction in hotels.
The letter, which was sent to Abbott, was released Thursday by the Texas Association of Realtors.
The Texas Association said the hotels are a part of a national trend of hotels being built in communities where they are seen as economically disadvantaged and where there is a shortage of affordable housing.
The association said the move could affect 1,000 hotels in Texas and its surrounding areas.
The new ban applies to hotels with a gross occupancy rate of more than 50% and has been in place since 2013.
Abbott signed the law on Jan. 1, 2017, saying it would give hotels “the flexibility and certainty they need to compete on the global stage.”
The law bans hotels from constructing new buildings without state approval, as well as from renovating existing buildings.
The legislation has been widely criticized as a boon to developers.