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URGENT: Ransomware Targeting Governmental Entities

August 16, 2019| Risk Management News

We have learned of a widespread cyber attack that is targeting governmental entities with ransomware. Please ensure that you are exercising extreme caution in opening emails and attachments, or clicking on links.

Proposed Changes for Overtime Calculations and New Legislative Updates

August 08, 2019| Risk Management News

This article covers new developments in the human resource (HR) arena along with some of the new Texas legislative changes that will affect counties and county employees.

Informing and Supporting Counties during Challenging Times

August 01, 2019| TAC News

July was a busy month for the Texas Association of Counties. Early in the month I traveled with members of the TAC Board and other county officials to the National Association of Counties (NACo) Annual Conference.

Protecting Employees from the Heat

July 26, 2019| Risk Management News

Be aware of the hot hours! Between noon and 6 p.m. is the hottest time of the day. Here are some tips for staying safe.

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

July 26, 2019|

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.

Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant Program

July 26, 2019|

The 86th Legislature allocated $250 million to provide grants to counties for transportation infrastructure projects in areas affected by oil and gas development and production.

Border Security Grants

July 26, 2019|

The federal government provided $15 million in federal Operation Stonegarden Grant Program (OPSG) funding to our state. The funding is meant to increase the operational capabilities of federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies along the border.

Preparing for the 2020 Census

July 26, 2019|

We are less than a year from the 2020 U.S. Census and the fallout could be either very beneficial or very problematic for individual counties. Much will depend on how thoroughly the U.S. Census Bureau manages to count the people in each area because that count will have a huge impact.

AG Opinions and Requests

July 26, 2019|

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

County vs. County winner: Congratulations to Sterling County

July 25, 2019| Health and Benefits News

The results for June's County vs. County contest are in! Congratulations to Sterling County for logging in 12,036 daily average steps in the contest.

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.


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