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TAC to Provide Video Conferencing Software to Counties

April 03, 2020| TAC News

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) will soon offer counties videoconferencing software free for 90 days. This software will allow counties to conduct remote open meetings that conform to the recently adjusted provisions to reduce face-to-face interaction in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Counties working hard to serve Texans during COVID-19 crisis

April 01, 2020| TAC News

State leaders and the President praise the role counties play in the health and safety of a nation under siege from a deadly foe.

$250 Million Available Through County TIF Grant Program

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will open applications for the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund (TIF) grant program on April 27, and counties can obtain up to $250 million.

Congress Passes $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

An agreement was reached on the $2 trillion federal stimulus package. The package passed the Senate 96-0 late Wednesday, March 25, and the House approved the bill by voice vote on Friday, March 27, just hours before it was signed into law by President Trump.

Abbott Delivers COVID-19 Executive Orders

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

On Thursday, March 19, Gov. Abbott addressed all Texans stating that because the coronavirus had grown into an international pandemic, Texas needs a unified response to limit the spread of the virus as the number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths continue to increase.

Governor Postpones May 2 and Primary Runoff Elections

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on Wed., March 18, postponing the May 2 local elections and special elections to the Nov. 3 uniform election date amid the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 Calls for Increased Cybersecurity Vigilance

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

As the coronavirus evolves in Texas, being vigilant about cybersecurity is more pressing than ever. County officials and staff are the last line of defense against hackers hoping to obtain the private data of Texas residents – and hackers are being more and more creative about how they get their hands on this important data.

TCEQ Responses to COVID-19

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

The following information for county officials has been provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

House Committee on Public Health Discusses COVID-19

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

On March 10, the House Committee on Public Health held a hearing with state and local leaders to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for Texans.

NACo 2020 Legislative Conference Recap

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

TAC staff joined county officials from Texas and from across the country in attending the 2020 National Association of Counties' Legislative Conference this month in Washington, DC.

AG Opinions and Requests

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

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

Hiring: Second Chance Initiatives and Background Checks Series, Part 4

March 26, 2020| Risk Management News

This is part four of a four-part series on second chance initiatives and background checks. The previous article covered background checks and considerations.

Conducting Background Checks: Second Chance Initiatives and Background Checks Series, Part 3

March 20, 2020| Risk Management News

This is part three of a four-part series on second chance initiatives and background checks. The previous article gave a brief overview of recent litigation and initiatives and the Society of Human Resource Management’s initiative whose goals include preventing crime, facilitating successful re-entry to the workforce and reducing recidivism.

TAC ready to assist counties on the front lines of COVID-19 control

March 18, 2020| TAC News

As your Association, the Texas Association of Counties is doing our part to help slow the spread of the new coronavirus disease. We have asked most of our employees to work from home for the next 21 days. To protect you and our employees, we have also requested that staff postpone all non-essential work-related travel until April 6.

County VS County! Mar. 23 – May 17

March 17, 2020| Health and Benefits News

Score a bragging-rights bounty in County vs. County! Band with your local buddies in this contest. The county or district with the highest average daily steps wins!

County VS County! Mar. 23 – May 17

March 17, 2020|

Score a bragging-rights bounty in County vs. County! Band with your local buddies in this contest. The county or district with the highest average daily steps wins!

No More Dieting with Naturally Slim

March 17, 2020| Health and Benefits News

You don't have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight and feel your best. Ever wonder how some people can eat all their favorite foods and not gain weight? Naturally Slim is an online program that will teach you how at NO COST to you.* Apply online Mar. 30 – Apr. 10 to join the next Naturally Slim class that begins Apr. 27.

No More Dieting with Naturally Slim

March 17, 2020|

You don't have to give up your favorite foods to lose weight and feel your best. Ever wonder how some people can eat all their favorite foods and not gain weight? Naturally Slim is an online program that will teach you how at NO COST to you.* Apply online Mar. 30 – Apr. 10 to join the next Naturally Slim class that begins Apr. 27.

New Weight Loss Program: Omada

March 17, 2020|

Healthy County is excited to announce a new health program called Omada® — a digital lifestyle change program that can help you lose weight, feel fantastic, and develop long-term healthy habits.

New Weight Loss Program: Omada

March 17, 2020| Health and Benefits News

Healthy County is excited to announce a new health program called Omada that we’re offering at no cost to members and their covered adult family members enrolled in our Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool health plan in partnership with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas, and are at risk for type 2 diabetes or heart disease.

New Diabetes & High Blood Pressure Program: Livongo

March 17, 2020| Health and Benefits News

Healthy County is excited to announce a new diabetes and high blood pressure program called Livongo that we're offering 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.

New Diabetes & High Blood Pressure Program: Livongo

March 17, 2020|

Healthy County is excited to announce a new diabetes and high blood pressure program called Livongo that we’re offering 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.

Legislation & Initiatives: Second Chance Initiatives and Background Checks Series, Part 2

March 12, 2020| Risk Management News

This is part two of a four-part series on second chance initiatives and background checks. The first article examined labor shortages and reasons for job vacancies in local and state governments.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Background & Additional Information

March 10, 2020| TAC News

The following information about COVID-19 (coronavirus) was provided to TAC by the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

Labor Shortage: Second Chance Initiatives and Background Checks Series, Part 1

March 05, 2020| Risk Management News

This is part one of a four-part series on second chance initiatives and background checks. This series, rolled out during the next four weeks, will provide a brief overview of current labor shortage conditions, information on recent national legislation and initiatives aimed at reducing recidivism, second chance initiatives, hiring considerations and background checks.


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