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

February 26, 2021| Legislative News

Delays caused by the Feb. 13-17 winter storm, unofficially known as Winter Storm Uri, continue in Austin. The House stands adjourned until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 2, although the Appropriations Subcommittees will meet Monday through Thursday during the first week of the month.

Budget-Writing Committees Continue Their Work

February 26, 2021| Legislative News

Following the winter storm's disruption, the Senate Finance Committee continued its hearings on SB 1, and the House Appropriations Committee began its work, holding its first hearings. Highlights of this week's hearings of relevance to counties are summarized below by committee.

Bills of Interest

February 26, 2021| Legislative News

TAC Legislative Services staff has highlighted some recently filed bills of interest to county officials.

Phelan, Hughes Discuss Top Issues During Counties at the Capitol Day

February 26, 2021| Legislative News

An interview with Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) and remarks by state Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola) highlighted this year's Counties at the Capitol Legislative Day on Tuesday, held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. Phelan and Hughes discussed several top issues of interest to counties, including broadband internet access, which each pointed to as a legislative priority.

Millions in FEMA Grants Available to Texas Counties, Individuals and Nonprofits

February 26, 2021| Legislative News

On Feb. 19, the White House approved a major disaster declaration for 77 counties that were hardest hit by the severe winter storms beginning on Feb. 11. Since then, President Joe Biden added 49 additional counties to the disaster declaration, bringing the total to 126 at the time of publication.

AG Opinions

February 26, 2021| Legislative News

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

What We’re Reading

February 26, 2021| Legislative News

After last week’s historic winter weather, the activities of the 87th Texas Legislature picked up with committee hearings and both chambers convening for a short period. Here are a few news articles on the week’s happenings.

2021 Healthy County Boot Camp

February 25, 2021| Health and Benefits News

The 2021 Healthy County Boot Camp, an annual training for your county’s Wellness Coordinators and Sponsors, took place virtually on Feb. 11 and 12. This year, we’d like to share some of the valuable health and wellness information from the conference with our members!

2021 Healthy County Boot Camp

February 25, 2021|

Thanks again to everyone who was able to attend our 2021 Healthy County Boot Camp, which took place virtually on Feb. 11 and 12. If you weren’t able to make it this year or would like to revisit the information presented, then you are in luck—we’ve shared a summary below of what was discussed over this year’s conference!

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

February 19, 2021| Legislative News

COVID-19, delays with the 2020 Census and the election of a new speaker made for a slower than normal start to the session. Now inclement weather, record breaking in some parts of the state, is forcing the Legislature to slow down even more than they already had – rolling blackouts and icy roads make any attempts to meet in Austin challenging and make even virtual meetings difficult.

Bills of Interest

February 19, 2021| Legislative News

TAC Legislative Services staff has highlighted some recently filed bills of interest to county officials.

Coming Feb. 23: Counties at the Capitol Virtual Legislative Day

February 19, 2021| Legislative News

An interview with Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) and remarks by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, headline this year's Counties at the Capitol Day. Events begin Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 8:30 a.m.

Plans Set to Investigate Electricity Outages

February 19, 2021| Legislative News

Plunging temperatures, ice and snow across Texas led to swaths of electricity outages throughout the state. On Tuesday, Feb. 16, approximately 4.4 million Texas customers were without power as the Electricity Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) struggled to keep up with the extreme levels of demand.

What We’re Reading

February 19, 2021| Legislative News

The week’s activities of the 87th Texas Legislature were limited by severe winter weather conditions statewide. Here are a few news articles on the week’s happenings.

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

February 12, 2021| Legislative News

House and Senate members returned to Austin this week. The House met for around 20 minutes on Tuesday, and then again briefly on Wednesday, before adjourning until 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

Coming Tuesday: Counties at the Capitol Virtual Legislative Day

February 12, 2021| Legislative News

An interview with Texas House Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) and remarks by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), chairman of the Senate State Affairs Committee, headline this year's Counties at the Capitol Day. Events begin Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 8:30 a.m.

Bills of Interest

February 12, 2021| Legislative News

TAC Legislative Services staff has highlighted some recently filed bills of interest to county officials.

State Budget Outlook Improves

February 12, 2021| Legislative News

During a Senate Finance Committee organizational meeting on Feb. 8, Chairwoman Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound) indicated that the state’s budget outlook was much improved due to better-than-expected sales tax collections, federal aid funds and 5% cuts to certain state agencies.

House Issues Committee Assignments

February 12, 2021| Legislative News

First-term Speaker Dade Phelan (R-Beaumont) set the table for the Texas House of Representatives to begin committee hearings with last week’s announcement of committee chairs and members.

Governor Abbott’s Budget for the 2022-23 Biennium Released

February 12, 2021| Legislative News

Gov. Greg Abbott released his budget for the 2022-23 biennium on Feb. 5, closely aligning his priorities with the emergency items he named in his State of the State Address. The proposal is a policy document, rather than an appropriations bill.

Unable to Attend This Week's Tuesday Morning Breakfast? Here's What Happened

February 12, 2021| Legislative News

TAC Financial Analyst Zelma Smith began this week's virtual Tuesday Morning Breakfast by looking at highlights from Gov. Greg Abbott's 2022-23 budget proposal, released Feb. 5. Gov. Abbott's budget priorities largely square with those he outlined last week in his State of the State address.

A new year, new members and a new legislative session: TAC is here to help

February 11, 2021| TAC News

TAC will be monitoring Texas legislative session and beyond

Tom Green County IT department gets creative to tackle COVID-19 challenge

February 11, 2021| TAC CIRA News

2020 has been the year for creative thinking and endless opportunities for information technology departments in county government.

TAC CIRA services to get enhanced security

February 11, 2021| TAC CIRA News

TAC CIRA is taking proactive steps to ensure that counties' email accounts and websites keep pace with the evolving technology and security landscape.

Have you enrolled? Free cybersecurity compliance training for counties

February 11, 2021| TAC CIRA News

Increase your county personnel's cybersecurity knowledge and stay in compliance with House Bill 3834.


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