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Is Your County's Website Election-Ready?

September 16, 2020| TAC CIRA News

Ensure your county's voters have the election information they need to cast their ballots this fall with these recommendations from the League of Women Voters and TAC County Information Resources Agency (TAC CIRA).

Elimination of Straight Party Voting

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

In 2017, the 85th Legislature passed House Bill 25 by Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) eliminating straight party voting, beginning on Sept. 1, 2020.

Legislative Appropriations Request Instructions for the 2022-23 Biennium Released

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

The Legislative Appropriations Request (LAR) instructions for the 2022-23 biennial budget are available on the Governor's and Legislative Budget Board’s websites. No additional reductions in funding, beyond the 5% reduction plans required by state leaders in May 2020, are required.

Reminder: UFM Survey Due by Nov. 5

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

The Unfunded Mandates (UFM) Survey is important to all 254 counties. The ability to show legislators the impact that their decisions continue to have on county finances is critical.

Protective Order Registry Now in Pilot Phase

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

Senate Bill 325, passed during the 86th Legislature and sponsored by Sen. Joan Huffman (R-Houston) and Rep. Brooks Landgraf (R-Odessa), launched a state Protective Order Registry.

Texas Indigent Defense Commission Presents Improvement Grants to Five Counties

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

On Aug. 27, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) awarded more than $5 million in grants for fiscal year 2021 to Kerr, Atascosa, Galveston, McLennan and Nueces counties.

TxDOT County Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant Program Update

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) recently held a webinar to clarify the process for accessing the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund (CTIF) Grant Program funds.

Justice Court Civil Jurisdiction Increases to $20,000

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

Effective September 1, 2020, the civil jurisdiction limit (amount in controversy) for justice courts has increased from $10,000 to $20,000.

Future of the Driver License Program Is Pending

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

The University of Texas at Austin’s Center for Transportation Research (CTR) has completed its study and released its findings and recommendations regarding the future of the driver licensing program in Texas. Last session, the Legislature passed Senate Bill 616 by Sen. Brian Birdwell (R-Granbury), requiring the Department of Public Safety (DPS) to contract with a third-party vendor to study the program and the problems that have plagued it for many years.

TAC’s Legislative Programs Go Virtual

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

The Texas Association of Counties' (TAC) regional Legislative Exchange events provide an opportunity for county officials to come together and discuss legislative issues of importance to county government with their legislators and the TAC Legislative staff.

Legislative Conference Opens on a Virtual High Note

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyone in unbelievable ways. A year ago, we couldn’t have imagined that we’d be where we are today. And we certainly all grieve over the cost in lives and livelihoods lost in getting to this point.

AG Opinions and Requests

September 14, 2020| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent attorney general opinions and requests for opinions of interest to counties.

TAC's virtual Legislative Conference set records

September 09, 2020| TAC News

TAC's 2020 Legislative Conference in August was history in the making. Not only was the conference transformed by TAC's Legislative and Education teams into a virtual event because of the coronavirus pandemic, but also more than 1,000 of our members, legislators and affiliates registered for the three-day gathering – by far the highest number of registrants ever.

Fall Into Fitness Begins Sept. 14

August 31, 2020| Health and Benefits News

Fall Into Fitness begins Sept. 14! Let’s have some fall fitness fun! Sync your activity tracker to the Sonic Boom portal to be AUTOMATICALLY registered for Fall Into Fitness!

Ah, Perfect Timing: Apply for Naturally Slim!

August 31, 2020|

It’s the perfect time to get (and stay) healthy—both physically and mentally. While things may feel out of your control right now, Healthy County has partnered with Naturally Slim so that you can take control of your health at no cost to you.

Ah, Perfect Timing: Apply for Naturally Slim!

August 31, 2020| Health and Benefits News

It’s the perfect time to get (and stay) healthy — both physically and mentally. Though things may feel out of your control right now, Healthy County has partnered with Naturally Slim so you can take control of your health at no cost to you. The Naturally Slim program starts Sept. 28. Employees and adult dependents enrolled in the county medical plan are eligible to apply.*

Coming Soon! Employee Assistance

August 31, 2020| Health and Benefits News

Healthy County is excited to announce that we are launching an employee assistance program (EAP) powered by Alliance Work Partners for all fully pooled Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool members. The EAP will launch later this fall. Stay tuned for additional details in next month’s Healthy Byte!

Fall into Fitness Begins Sept. 14

August 31, 2020|

Let’s have some fall fitness fun! Sync your activity tracker to the Sonic Boom portal to be AUTOMATICALLY registered for Fall into Fitness!

Healthy County Virtual Workshops

August 31, 2020|

Do you miss your Healthy County Team? Do you miss seeing your Wellness Consultant in your county? Do your employees miss engaging in Healthy County and learning about health and wellness topics? Well, we miss you too, so let’s meet virtually!

Coming Soon! Employee Assistance Program

August 31, 2020|

Healthy County is excited to announce that we are launching an Employee Assistance Program (EAP) powered by Alliance Work Partners for all fully-pooled Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool members. The EAP will launch later this fall. Stay tuned for additional details in next month’s Wellness Coordinator Resources!

Healthy County Telehealth Services

August 31, 2020| Health and Benefits News

Healthy County offers three telehealth services to TAC Health and Employee Benefits Pool members. These services allow members to receive medical advice, resources, care, and treatment plans all from the comfort of their home!

Healthy County Telehealth Services

August 31, 2020|

Healthy County offers three telehealth services available to TAC HEBP members. Telehealth services allow members to receive medical advice, resources, care and treatment plans all from the comfort of their home!

Need help with your health?

August 31, 2020|

New sessions are here! Keep up the momentum to lose weight and tackle obesity-related chronic disease. Omada® is a personalized lifestyle change program that inspires healthy habits you can live with long-term. It combines the behavior change science and unwavering support you’ll need to lose weight, keep it off, and help reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

New Diabetes & High Blood Pressure Program: Livongo

August 31, 2020|

Healthy County is excited to announce a new diabetes and high blood pressure program called Livongo. We’re offering it at no cost to members and their covered family members 13 and older enrolled in our Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool health plan in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas.

Airrosti Tip: Healthy Habits One Step at a Time

August 31, 2020|

No matter what goals you set for yourself, creating sustainable habits that will help you achieve them can feel daunting at first. There may be so many habits you’re ready to drop, and so many more you’d like to add to your life.


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