2019

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.

2019 Legislative Analysis Report

August 30, 2019| Legislative News

TAC has compiled the 2019 Legislative Analysis Report (LAR), which is a compilation of newly enacted legislation that will affect counties and county operations. The 2019 LAR identifies roughly 160 bills arranged by subject matter and contains a concise bill summary, valuable links, news clippings, effective date, and more.

Senate Bill 2 Resources

August 30, 2019| Legislative News

Senate Bill 2, the Texas Property Tax Reform and Transparency Act of 2019, by Sen. Bettencourt, was signed by the governor on June 12, 2019. However, most of the provisions of the bill will become effective over a staggered schedule starting in January 2020.

HB 1421 & SOS Election Advisory Opinion

August 30, 2019| Legislative News

On Aug. 5, 2019, the Secretary of State (SOS) issued Election Advisory Opinion No. 2019-12 to all county election officials and county judges providing additional requirements to HB 1421, authored by Rep. Cecelia Israel, (D-Austin), that becomes effective on Sept. 1, 2019.

Texas Water Development Board Seeks Input on State Flood Plan Rules

August 30, 2019| Legislative News

The 86th Legislature passed Senate Bill 7, SB 8, SB 500 and House Joint Resolution 4 directing the Texas Water Development Board to play a substantial role in developing the necessary flood planning and rules associated with financing flood mitigation efforts.

Counting Texans in 2020

August 30, 2019| Legislative News

Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins and Texas State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter recently announced a joint effort to develop and assist Census 2020 Complete Count Committees across the state.

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

July 26, 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.

Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant Program

July 26, 2019| Legislative News

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| Legislative News

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| Legislative News

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| Legislative News

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

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.

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

May 24, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us – The 86th regular legislative session is drawing to a close with the Legislature scheduled to adjourn sine die on Monday, May 27. This week included a flurry of activity, as both chambers met late into the evening to pass legislation before their respective deadlines.

State Budget Update: Items of Interest to Counties

May 24, 2019| Legislative News

Conferees on House Bill 1, the state budget for the 2020-2021 biennium, have found agreement on a significant portion of the budget. Compromises have been reached on items in Articles I - X, but details associated with health and human services funding, school finance and property tax relief have still not come into focus.

AG Opinions and Requests

May 24, 2019| Legislative News

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

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

May 17, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week Ahead of Us – Only 10 days remain in the 86th regular legislative session. The conference committee report on Senate Bill 2, the property tax bill, is imminent, the Driver Responsibility Program repealer has now passed both chambers, the state budget is close to being finalized, while the comptroller tells the Legislature it has a little bit more walking around money.

TCEQ Free Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Workshop — Waco

May 17, 2019| Legislative News

It’s not too late for owners and operators of Phase II MS4 permits to register to attend a free workshop! There are still seats available for the June workshop in Waco.

Final Tuesday Morning Breakfast for 86th Legislative Session

May 17, 2019| Legislative News

Join us for our last Tuesday Morning Breakfast to wrap up the 86th Legislative Session.

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

May 10, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – We are in a race to the end of the 86th Regular Session. There is some (remote) hope for funding for voting machines, while a committee heard some problematic election bills.


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