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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.

Final Tuesday Morning Breakfast for 86th Legislative Session

May 17, 2019| Legislative News

Join us for our last Tuesday Morning Breakfast to wrap up the 86th Legislative Session.

Opening Keynote Selected for TAC Legislative Conference

May 13, 2019| TAC News

Evan Smith, the CEO and co-founder of The Texas Tribune, will deliver the opening keynote presentation at the 2019 TAC Legislative Conference, Sept. 4-6, at the Fairmont in Austin. TAC's annual conference will review the 86th legislative session with a focus on the future for Texas counties.

May 13: County vs. County Contest

May 10, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Get ready for our second contest, County vs. County, beginning May 13! 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. Participants with their activity tracker registered on the Sonic Boom portal will be automatically registered for the challenge.

Achieving Your Activity Goals Bit by Bit

May 10, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Adults should get 150 minutes of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. Sadly, less than 20% meet those guidelines. But this is a doable goal. Even short bouts of brisk movement can add up to good results.

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

May 10, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – We are in a race to the end of the 86th Regular Session. There is some (remote) hope for funding for voting machines, while a committee heard some problematic election bills.

Tax Swap Proposal Dies

May 10, 2019| Legislative News

Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston), the author of House Joint Resolution (HJR) 3 and House Bill 4621, which would have asked voters to increase the state sales tax by 1 cent to buy down school district property taxes, postponed consideration for the resolution and House bill until Jan. 12, 2021.

New Health Benefits Now Available

May 10, 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.

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

May 03, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – We are just under 25 days away from sine die, the last day of the regular legislative session. The House passed SB 2, the 3.5 percent revenue cap bill, and the measure now moves to a conference committee.

SB 2 - Property Tax Bill Passes House, Heads to a Conference Committee

May 03, 2019| Legislative News

April 30 was County Government Day at the Capitol and on the same day, the Texas House took up Senate Bill 2 in place of HB 2 by Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock). SB 2 is the property tax bill that remains a top priority of the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker during the 86th Session.

County Government Day at the Capitol Celebrated

May 03, 2019| Legislative News

Tuesday's County Government Day celebration began in the TAC Events Center with the weekly Tuesday Morning Breakfast and an update on bills scheduled for the week.

AG Opinions and Requests

May 03, 2019| Legislative News

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

Celebrating 50 Years of Serving Texas Counties

May 01, 2019| TAC News

We are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) all year long, but in May, your Association marks an extra-special milestone.

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

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – With about 30 days remaining in the legislative session, deadlines are looming and bills are accordingly moving quickly. The big revenue cap bill is one stop away from the House floor, as the dance between the chambers over this and school finance reform continues.

Action Alert: Ask Your Legislator to Support Bill Repealing Driver Responsibility Program; Bill Set on House Calendar on April 29

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

House Bill 2048 by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), a bill that would repeal the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) and eliminate program surcharges assessed on drivers convicted of certain offenses, is scheduled for consideration on the House Floor on Monday, April 29.

State Budget Update: Items of Interest to Counties

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

Now that both chambers have adopted their versions of the 2020-21 budget, House Bill 1, Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) have appointed members to a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the bills.

You're Invited! County Government Day BBQ Luncheon – April 30

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

You are invited to participate in a TAC tradition to celebrate County Government Day on Tuesday, April 30. Please join us for an informal barbecue luncheon with legislators and their staff at the Capitol.

TCEQ Offers Free Water Operator Workshops

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

The Water Supply Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering free Emergency Response Plan Workshops on April 30 and May 23.

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

April 18, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – With about five weeks remaining in the legislative session, it was a busy week in both chambers at the Capitol.

Property Tax Update: SB 2 Passed out of Senate

April 18, 2019| Legislative News

On April 15, the Senate passed SB 2 by Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), the Senate’s property tax bill, with a final vote of 18-12-1. SB 2 remains a top priority bill for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, but support had stalled over the last two months as members considered the impacts to counties and other local governments.

Call To Action: Revenue Caps On House Floor and Eligible On Senate Floor

April 12, 2019| Legislative News

Take Action Now. We encourage you to share your county story. Please call your state senator and state representative to let them know the effect this legislation would have on the services you provide your county and community.

6K-a-Day Ends April 21

April 12, 2019| Health and Benefits News

With over 2,500 participants, 6K-a-Day has been quite a success! Contest ends on April 21. Be sure to sync your steps from your activity tracker to the Sonic Boom portal by April 26. You must log 30 days of 6,000 steps or more between March 11 – April 21 to complete the contest.

Naturally Slim: Apply April 8-19

April 12, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Ever wonder how some people can eat whatever they want and not gain weight? Naturally Slim will show you how it’s done at no cost to you.* Apply online April 8-19 to join the next Naturally Slim class beginning May 6.

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

April 12, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – The big rollback bill ran into some choppy seas, state leaders are pushing a sales tax increase to buy down property taxes, and the budget is headed to conference committee, as usual.


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