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Keep Texas Active!

July 18, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Keep Texas Active has begun! Log 30 days of 7,000 steps by Sept. 1 to complete the contest. Check your progress in the Rewards tab on the Sonic Boom portal.

Protect Yourself. Prevent Prostate Cancer.

July 18, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers in men. It is a cancer that occurs in the prostate, a small round gland near the bladder.

New Health Benefits Now Available

July 18, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Fix pain fast at Airrosti, Visit a doctor online for $10 with MDLIVE®, Get prescription discounts with Medicine Match. Read more about these new benefits available to members.

Strategic Planning to Guide TAC

July 01, 2019| TAC News

As we make our way into the next 50 years of serving counties, we have begun strategic planning to map out the future of your Association. The department directors and I have identified five strategic goals for TAC.

Focused on the Future: TAC's Legislative Conference is September 4-6

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

The Texas Association of Counties 2019 Legislative Conference, Sept. 4-6 in Austin, will offer county officials and staff an overview of the 86th legislative session.

Disaster Relief, Response and Recovery Bills Cross the Finish Line

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

As one of Gov. Abbott's emergency items for the 86th Legislative Session, Hurricane Harvey-related legislation for disaster relief, response and recovery ha now become law. The high priority and low numbered bills originated from policy recommendations made by the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas.

Changes to Posting Election Information

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

House Bill 1241 by Rep. John Bucy (D-Austin) adds Section 1.021 to Chapter 1 of the Election Code to require the written notice of a polling place must state the building name, if any, and the street address, including the suite or room number, if any, of the polling place.  The bill becomes effective Sept 1, 2019.

SB 354 Pre-approval of Payroll and Expenses

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

In 2017, Attorney General Opinion KP-0160 held that counties with a population of 190,000 or less lacked the necessary statutory authorization to adopt procedures for pre-approval of payroll and office expenses.

Final State Budget Update: Items of Interest to Counties

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

The approved state budget for the 2020-2021 biennium, HB 1, totals $250.7 billion, a 6.3% increase over the two-year budget approved by the 85th Legislature. The increase in General Revenue or tax-supported spending, compared to the 2018-19 state budget, is 9.5%.

County Bills that Failed to Pass

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

During the 86th legislative session, TAC's legislative staff tracked roughly 3,000 bills impacting county government. The complete list of the bills being tracked, organized by county association, can be found here.  Close to 2,500 of those bills failed to pass.

AG Opinions and Requests

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent Attorney General Opinions and Requests for Opinions of interest to counties.

Counties Now Legally Required to Have Website

June 18, 2019| TAC CIRA News

TAC CIRA's website has a new look and a new home on www.county.org, the Texas Association of Counties' website. Check out the new TAC CIRA landing page, County.org/TAC-CIRA.

Ends June 23: County vs. County Contest

June 18, 2019| Health and Benefits News

County vs. County is ending soon! Log 30 days of 6,000 steps by June 23 to complete the contest. Check your progress in the Rewards tab on the Sonic Boom portal. Be sure to complete your final sync to the Sonic Boom portal by June 28.

Give Your Heart a Workout

June 18, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Heart disease is a killer. In fact, it is the number one killer of Americans. And physical inactivity is one of several risk factors leading to heart disease. So let’s get moving.

New Health Benefits Now Available

June 18, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Fix pain fast at Airrosti, Visit a doctor online for $10 with MDLIVE®, Get prescription discounts with Medicine Match. Read more about these new benefits available to members.

Regional Workshops: HR Tools for Managers and Supervisors

June 04, 2019| TAC News

Joe Bontke with EEOC to Speak at One-Day Training

Time to Reflect, and Look Ahead

June 03, 2019| TAC News

The month of June is a good time for us to pause and reflect on the previous five months. Sine die has come and gone. This was a difficult legislative session for counties and local governments as a whole.

Large Turnout for County Government Day at the Capitol

May 31, 2019| TAC News

On April 30 TAC filled the halls of the Capitol with the smell of barbecue

Best Practices Awards Spotlight: Comal County

May 26, 2019| TAC News

Creative Program Engages Community, Saves Local Tax Dollars

Week in Review: A Digest of What Happened This Week at the Capitol

May 24, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us – The 86th regular legislative session is drawing to a close with the Legislature scheduled to adjourn sine die on Monday, May 27. This week included a flurry of activity, as both chambers met late into the evening to pass legislation before their respective deadlines.

State Budget Update: Items of Interest to Counties

May 24, 2019| Legislative News

Conferees on House Bill 1, the state budget for the 2020-2021 biennium, have found agreement on a significant portion of the budget. Compromises have been reached on items in Articles I - X, but details associated with health and human services funding, school finance and property tax relief have still not come into focus.

AG Opinions and Requests

May 24, 2019| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent Attorney General Opinions and Requests for Opinions of interest to counties.

TAC CIRA's Website Has Moved to County.org

May 22, 2019| TAC CIRA News

TAC CIRA's website has a new look and a new home on www.county.org, the Texas Association of Counties' website. Check out the new TAC CIRA landing page, County.org/TAC-CIRA.

Week in Review: A Digest of What Happened This Week at the Capitol

May 17, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week Ahead of Us – Only 10 days remain in the 86th regular legislative session. The conference committee report on Senate Bill 2, the property tax bill, is imminent, the Driver Responsibility Program repealer has now passed both chambers, the state budget is close to being finalized, while the comptroller tells the Legislature it has a little bit more walking around money.

TCEQ Free Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Workshop — Waco

May 17, 2019| Legislative News

It’s not too late for owners and operators of Phase II MS4 permits to register to attend a free workshop! There are still seats available for the June workshop in Waco.


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