When legislators are faced with issues that may affect local government, they want to hear from local elected and appointed officials. As a county official, there are numerous ways to participate in the legislative process when you join the Core Legislative Group.
As a member, you can help by:
- Contacting your local legislators in person, by phone, email or in writing
You can reach out to your legislators regarding specific legislation. We ask that you try to maintain a consistent level of communication (telephone, email, text messages, personal visits, social media) with your legislative delegation, not just during session but throughout the interim.
- Providing testimony (written or verbal) or completing a witness card for or against legislation
We will continue to rely on the expertise of the Core Legislative Group in providing testimony on county bills during committee hearings. Please let us know if you have a particular interest in helping with this.
- Supplying TAC with your opinions regarding legislation that will impact county government
Periodically, we will ask for your assessment of how a bill might affect your county or the operations of a particular county office. Your insight helps us communicate the effect of a bill to legislators and staff early in the process and will help improve these county-related bills.
If you are interested in advocating on behalf of your county and the institution of local government, please submit an online Core Legislative Group Information form below or download the Word document. For more information contact Rhita Koches at (800) 456-5974.
Please note that the Texas Association of Counties is subject to the provisions of the Open Records Act and accordingly the information that you submit will become an open record.