County Issues

AG Opinion: TIF Distribution Formula Clarification

January 27, 2020| Legislative News

Effective Sept. 1, 2019, the funding formula for the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund (TIF) program changed to clarify distributions.

Legislature Directs Emergency Management Professional Development Work Group

January 27, 2020| Legislative News

Legislators passed many high priority emergency management bills to address preparedness as well as recovery and response, including bills that withdraw billions from the Rainy Day Fund and that will help secure billions more from federal recovery and flood mitigation dollars.

TAC's 2020 Salary Survey is Underway

January 27, 2020| Legislative News

We mailed survey forms for the 2020 TAC Salary Survey during the week of Jan. 21. We will mail printed copies of the report to the responding offices once we receive salary information from at least 240 counties and county judges in the responding counties will receive a courtesy copy of the report.

Texas Prepares for the 2020 Census

January 27, 2020| Legislative News

Results from two ongoing surveys in Texas will help the U.S. Census Bureau to count every person during the 2020 Census.

How Texas House Bill 3834 Impacts You

January 27, 2020| Legislative News

An alarming rise in cyberattacks prompted the Texas Legislature last session to pass House Bill 3834 authored by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake), which requires all county officials and their staffs to take a training course, certified by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), to prevent attacks by cyber criminals.

Committee Created to Study the Driver's License Program

January 27, 2020| Legislative News

Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) created a special committee in December 2019 to study the driver's license program.

Interim Work Continues

January 27, 2020| Legislative News

The legislature's interim work is well underway with committee chairs gaveling in members. Meetings began as early as December. Here are the highlights.

Tier II Chemical Reporting for 2019 has Begun!

January 27, 2020| Legislative News

March 1st, 2020 is the deadline to file your annual Tier II report for 2019. If you store hazardous chemicals or extremely hazardous substances above the established threshold quantities at your facility, you are required to report them to TCEQ.

AG Opinions and Requests

January 27, 2020| Legislative News

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

SB 944 - Public Information Act & the Temporary Custodian

November 04, 2019| Legislative News

Several bills during the 86th legislative session made modifications to the Public Information Act (PIA). Senate Bill 944 by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) garnered a lot of attention for its potential impact to county government operations.

Election Security December Deadline Approaches

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

House Bill 1421 by Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin), which became effective Sept. 1, 2019, requires county election officials to request annual cybersecurity training and a cybersecurity assessment of their county's election system from the Texas Secretary of State.

November 2019 Elections

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

On the Nov. 5 ballot, voters will be asked to decide on 10 constitutional amendments and, depending upon their location, may have the chance to participate in special elections and local city and county propositions.

DRP Repeal Allows More Than 1.6 Million People to Drive Again

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

Since the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) was repealed under House Bill 2048 by Rep. Zerwas (R-Richmond) during the 86th Legislative Session and the program ended on Sept. 1, 2019, more than 1.6 million people have become eligible to apply for their driver's license.

Mental Health Update and Newly Released Resource Guide

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

The Engage & Excel 2019 Conference, hosted by the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute in September 2019, brought together the state’s top minds in mental health policy, philanthropy, and practice to share ideas on emerging issues.

Tax Assessor-Collectors Continue to Influence Policy Change

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

At a recent Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Board meeting, the Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas (TACA) continued their involvement in influencing policy well after the legislative session adjourned.

AG Opinions and Requests

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

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

Senate Bill 2 Deadlines

September 27, 2019| Legislative News

The Property Tax Assistance Division of the Comptroller’s office released a summary of the deadlines added or amended in Senate Bill 2 on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019.

Uniform Election Proposed Constitutional Amendments

September 27, 2019| Legislative News

On November 5, 2019, registered Texas voters will go to the polls to decide which proposed amendments will be approved and added to the Texas Constitution.

Grant Opportunities

September 27, 2019| Legislative News

Numerous state and federal grants and other resources are available to eligible counties. See how the search for these funding opportunities has been made easier for you.

House Elections Committee Hears Testimony on Countywide Voting Centers

September 27, 2019| Legislative News

High voter turnout in Texas is expected in the 2020 election. With a history of long ballots and confused voters showing up to the wrong voting precinct, counties are working to resolve as many anticipated issues as possible prior to November.

HUD Releases Disaster Recovery Grant Rules for Public Discussion

September 27, 2019| Legislative News

Get The Details: There is federal funding available for 140 eligible Texas counties for flood mitigation related disasters from 2015, 2016 and 2017. To find out how the money will be allocated, read this information for local governments.

NACo Immigration Reform Task Force Visits El Paso, Ciudad Juarez

September 27, 2019| Legislative News

El Paso hosted a contingent of county officials from across the country to see for themselves the challenges faced by communities on the border.

2019 Legislative Conference Recap

September 27, 2019| Legislative News

The 2019 Legislative Conference is officially in the books! What did you learn during the breakout sessions and through networking opportunities? Here’s a short recap to take you through some highlights in case you weren’t able to make the trip to Austin.

AG Opinions and Requests

September 27, 2019| Legislative News

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

It's Not Too Late: TAC's Legislative Conference is Sept. 4-6

August 30, 2019| Legislative News

The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) 2019 Legislative Conference, Sept. 4-6 in Austin, will offer county officials and staff an overview of the 86th legislative session and identify issues the Legislature will likely deliberate on during the interim.


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