County Issues

Election Dates Set to Shift Contingent on Redistricting

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

After efforts to change Texas election law failed during the first special session, lawmakers reconvened in Austin for a second special session and passed the governor’s requested priority legislation.

New Voting Law Takes Effect Dec. 2

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

After two previous attempts, the Election Integrity Protection Act of 2021 will soon become law. Senate Bill 1 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), passed during the second special session of the 87th Legislature and will take effect Dec. 2.

Grant Funding Available Through Operation Lone Star

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

To enhance border security operations supporting Operation Lone Star (OLS), Gov. Greg Abbott has announced that $100 million in grant funding is available as part of appropriations passed under House Bill 9 during the second special session of the 87th Legislature.

Governor Signs Bail Reform Legislation

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

After five attempts, the Legislature passed a bill taking aim at addressing problems within the state’s bail system.

County Officials Share Interests, Concerns at TAC Legislative Conference

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

More than 500 county officials and staff from across Texas gathered in Austin Sept. 1-3 for TAC’s 2021 Legislative Conference.

D.C. Watch

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

The U.S. Treasury Department did not issue its “Final Rule” on acceptable uses for the American Rescue Plan Act at the end of September as expected because of the thousands of public comments it has yet to review.

Far West Texas Judges and Commissioners Association Holds Annual Conference

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

More than 80 county judges and commissioners met on Sept. 8-10 in Study Butte for their annual Far West Texas Judges and Commissioners meeting.

Texas District & County Attorneys Association Holds Annual Criminal & Civil Law Conference

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

The Texas District & County Attorneys Association (TDCAA) held its annual Criminal & Civil Law Conference Sept. 21-24 in Galveston.

County Treasurers Welcome New President

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

The County Treasurers’ Association of Texas (CTAT) held its 73rd Annual Conference Sept. 13-16 in Boerne.

AG Opinions and Requests

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

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

What We're Reading

September 30, 2021| Legislative News

Here's a look at some of the Texas stories media outlets covered this week:

TAC's Legislative Conference Is Next Week

August 27, 2021| Legislative News

More than 850 county officials and staff will gather next week, either in person in Austin or virtually from their home counties, at the Texas Association of Counties' 2021 Legislative Conference.

Local leaders asked to increase vaccination rates

August 27, 2021| Legislative News

This summer has seen the Delta variant of the coronavirus continue to spread, sending Texas hospitalization rates surging more than 300% in the past month, according to data from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS).

Gov. Abbott and the Legislative Budget Board Provide an Additional Month of Funding for the Legislative Branch

August 27, 2021| Legislative News

On Aug. 6, Gov. Greg Abbott, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Speaker Dade Phelan announced an additional month of funding for the legislative branch of government.

D.C. Watch: Congress Negotiates Police Reform Bill, Qualified Immunity

August 27, 2021| Legislative News

Since the summer of 2020, there has been a bipartisan effort in Congress to pass comprehensive policing reform legislation addressing many of the concerns expressed by reform advocates.

Court Recorder Legislation Fails. What Now?

August 27, 2021| Legislative News

Counties across the state are faced with significant challenges when attempting to hire and retain courtroom reporters.

Texas Senate Changes the Rules of Engagement for the Second Called Legislative Session

August 26, 2021| Legislative News

The second special session of the 87th Legislature began at noon on Aug. 7. The House of Representatives at the time still did not have enough members present to constitute a quorum, but the Senate once again proceeded full steam ahead.

Texas Broadband Expansion Efforts Buoyed by Recent Appointments

August 26, 2021| Legislative News

The Governor’s Broadband Development Council, formed in 2019 by the 86th Legislature to improve high-speed internet connectivity across Texas, gained three members.

Overview of Redistricting Data Available by County

August 26, 2021| Legislative News

The U.S. Census Bureau released the 2020 Census Redistricting Data Summary Files on Aug. 12.

Sheriffs Hold Annual Conference, Swear In New Board of Directors

August 26, 2021| Legislative News

The Sheriffs’ Association of Texas held its 143rd annual conference Aug. 1-4 in Bexar County. A new Board of Directors was sworn in, including Lubbock County Sheriff Kelly Rowe (left) as president.

AG Opinions and Requests

August 26, 2021| Legislative News

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

What We're Reading

August 26, 2021| Legislative News

Here's a look at some of the Texas stories in the news this week.

Election Integrity and Security Bills

July 29, 2021| Legislative News

During the regular session of the 87th Legislature, election integrity and security bills, House Bill 6 by Rep. Briscoe Cain (R-Deer Park) and Senate Bill 7 by Sen. Bryan Hughes (R-Mineola), would have made extensive changes to the election code, including additional voter identification and registration requirements, increases in criminal and civil penalties, and expansion of poll watchers' authority. Both bills failed to pass.

Property Tax Legislation Effective Now

July 29, 2021| Legislative News

Every Legislature makes changes that affect county government; this session that included changes to property tax rate calculations and budget timelines.

D.C. Watch: State Rep. Jake Ellzey Headed to Congress

July 29, 2021| Legislative News

On July 27, freshman state Rep. Jake Ellzey (R-Waxahachie) won the special election runoff for the 6th Congressional District seat formerly held by U.S. Rep. Ron Wright (R-Arlington), who died earlier this year from COVID-19 complications.


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