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It's BOOM Time! Create Your Account Today.

January 11, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Every day’s a great day to participate in Healthy County, but today is special. Sonic Boom is here and ready to help you live a healthier life. Employees and covered spouses can now participate on the new Healthy County Sonic Boom portal.

Looking for the 2019 Legislative Directory?

January 11, 2019| Legislative News

In order to put together the most accurate directory, the updated 2019 Legislative Directory for the 86th Legislature will be available sometime around the end of February or in early March 2019.

RSVP Today for Counties at the Capitol Legislative Day - Tuesday, Feb. 5

January 11, 2019| Legislative News

TAC’s Counties at the Capitol Day will get attendees up to speed on the most significant issues facing county government in the 86th legislative session.

Federal Update: New Congress Convenes, Revised "Waters of the U.S." Rule Proposed; Farm Bill Reauthorized

January 11, 2019| Legislative News

On Jan. 3, the 116th Congress convened for the first day of the congressional session. Among the Texas congressional delegation, there are nine new members in the House of Representatives.

Join Us for Tuesday Morning Breakfasts

January 11, 2019| Legislative News

We’re off to the races. The 86th Legislature has convened, and TAC is again hosting Tuesday Morning Breakfasts each Tuesday during this 140-day legislative session. The first breakfast was held Jan. 8.

Intergovernmental Relations Committee Releases Interim Report Recommendations on Hurricane Harvey

January 11, 2019| Legislative News

The Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) Committee has released its interim report on Hurricane Harvey. The IGR committee held four hearings around the state to study eight interim charges, four of which are specific to Hurricane Harvey, including two dedicated to examining the Hurricane Harvey response efforts.

Bills of Interest

January 11, 2019| Legislative News

TAC legislative staff has highlight some recently filed bills of interest to county officials.

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

January 11, 2019| Legislative News

It was an eventful week at the Capitol, as Tuesday, Jan. 8 marked the first day of the 86th Legislative Session. The House elected a new speaker for the first time since 2009.

AG Opinions and Requests

January 11, 2019| Legislative News

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

Proud to Serve You as TAC Marks 50 Years

January 02, 2019| TAC News

Get to know TAC's new Executive Director Susan Redford.

TAC Listservs are Up & Running

December 20, 2018| TAC News

TAC has confirmed that its listservs are up and running again after this morning’s power outage. Communications sent through the listservs should be sent and received normally.

Start the New Year Right and Apply for Naturally Slim

December 14, 2018| Health and Benefits News

Learn how to lose weight and improve your health while eating the foods you love. Healthy County is proud to offer Naturally Slim to employees and spouses enrolled in the county’s medical plan—at no cost!* Read more to learn how you can apply for the Naturally Slim program.

No Enrollment Fee for BCBSTX Fitness Program in December

December 14, 2018| Health and Benefits News

The BCBSTX Fitness Program offers flexibility, convenience and ease for just one low monthly fee. Members have access to a nationwide network of more than 10,000 participating facilities so they can work out whether traveling, at home or at work. The BCBSTX Fitness Program will be waiving the enrollment fee (a value of $25) for eligible new members who sign up between Dec. 1-31.

Goodbye Provant, Hello Sonic Boom!

December 14, 2018| Health and Benefits News

Healthy County will be transitioning to a new-and-improved wellness portal with Sonic Boom in Feb. 2019. The current Healthy County (powered by Provant) portal will be deactivated effective Jan. 1. In Feb., employees and covered spouses will be able to access the Healthy County (energized by Sonic Boom) portal to create an account, sync a physical activity device and begin participating. Healthy County will still host four physical activity challenges in 2019 for participating employees to earn a $50 gift card. The first challenge through the new portal begins in March.

Iris Stagner Nominations Open

December 14, 2018| Health and Benefits News

Each year, the TAC HEBP Healthy County program recognizes the most enthusiastic and innovative county wellness coordinator or sponsor. Nominations are being accepted for the Iris Stagner Award until Jan. 28. The recipient will be announced and honored at the annual Healthy County Boot Camp, Feb. 20-22 in Georgetown.

New Health Benefits Now Available

December 14, 2018| Health and Benefits News

Read more about these new benefits available to members.

TAC Hires New Judicial Resources Liaison

December 12, 2018| TAC News

TAC now has two former constitutional county judges leading its judicial education program.

TAC Hires New Judicial Resources Liaison

December 12, 2018| TAC News

TAC now has two former constitutional county judges leading its judicial education program.

Rep. Burns Refiles Unfunded Mandate Constitutional Amendment HJR 30

December 07, 2018| Legislative News

Rep. DeWayne Burns (R-Cleburne) filed HJR 30, a constitutional amendment restricting the power of the legislature to mandate requirements on cities and counties.

Pre-Filing of Legislation Begins

December 07, 2018| Legislative News

On Nov. 12, legislators began pre-filing legislation for the 86th legislative session. While the regular session does not officially begin until Jan. 8, legislators are allowed to pre-file bills beginning on the first Monday after the general election. Over 700 bills have already been filed thus far.

Property Tax Hearings Wrap Up

December 07, 2018| Legislative News

The Senate Select Committee on Property Tax Reform met Nov. 28 at Lone Star College Montgomery in Conroe to evaluate the effective tax rate and rollback tax rate calculation, evaluate the operations of appraisal review boards (ARBs) and study the feasibility of replacing the property tax with a sales tax or other consumption tax revenue, with emphasis on the school maintenance and operations tax.

Committees Begin Releasing Reports and Recommendations for the 86th Legislature

December 07, 2018| Legislative News

With the 86th legislative session only a month away, House and Senate committees are beginning to release interim reports with legislative recommendations on a range of issues, including Hurricane Harvey, open government, economic development, transportation, school safety, water, criminal justice, mental health, elections, court fees and the diversion of dedicated funds.

Rainy Day Fund is Now at $12.5 Billion

December 07, 2018| Legislative News

The Economic Stabilization Fund, also known as the Rainy Day Fund, is now hovering around $12.48 billion, which is the highest balance in the fund’s 30 year history, and is also the highest among other states that have a similar fund.

Homeowner Assistance Program Application Now Available in all Eligible Harvey Affected Counties

December 07, 2018| Legislative News

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced the application for the Homeowner Assistance Program is now available in all eligible Hurricane Harvey affected counties.

Tuesday Morning Breakfasts Begin January 8

December 07, 2018| Legislative News

As we slide into the New Year and the 86th legislative session, TAC will again be hosting our Tuesday Morning Breakfasts.


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