April

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

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – With about 30 days remaining in the legislative session, deadlines are looming and bills are accordingly moving quickly. The big revenue cap bill is one stop away from the House floor, as the dance between the chambers over this and school finance reform continues.

Action Alert: Ask Your Legislator to Support Bill Repealing Driver Responsibility Program; Bill Set on House Calendar on April 29

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

House Bill 2048 by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), a bill that would repeal the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) and eliminate program surcharges assessed on drivers convicted of certain offenses, is scheduled for consideration on the House Floor on Monday, April 29.

State Budget Update: Items of Interest to Counties

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

Now that both chambers have adopted their versions of the 2020-21 budget, House Bill 1, Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) have appointed members to a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the bills.

You're Invited! County Government Day BBQ Luncheon – April 30

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

You are invited to participate in a TAC tradition to celebrate County Government Day on Tuesday, April 30. Please join us for an informal barbecue luncheon with legislators and their staff at the Capitol.

TCEQ Offers Free Water Operator Workshops

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

The Water Supply Division of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is offering free Emergency Response Plan Workshops on April 30 and May 23.

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

April 18, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – With about five weeks remaining in the legislative session, it was a busy week in both chambers at the Capitol.

Property Tax Update: SB 2 Passed out of Senate

April 18, 2019| Legislative News

On April 15, the Senate passed SB 2 by Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), the Senate’s property tax bill, with a final vote of 18-12-1. SB 2 remains a top priority bill for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, but support had stalled over the last two months as members considered the impacts to counties and other local governments.

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

April 12, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – The big rollback bill ran into some choppy seas, state leaders are pushing a sales tax increase to buy down property taxes, and the budget is headed to conference committee, as usual.

Call To Action: Revenue Cap Response Needed

April 12, 2019| Legislative News

Yesterday, floor debate on HB 2 was postponed until this Monday, April 15, and SB 2 was not considered although it can be called up at any time. Your diligence in contacting lawmakers to explain how these bills threaten essential county government services has made a difference.

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

April 05, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – The House passed a major school finance reform bill, a House committee heard about getting rid of the Driver Responsibility Program, and sheriffs worked on jailers, jails and training.

AG Opinions and Requests

April 05, 2019| Legislative News

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


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