County Issues

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.

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

March 29, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – In a late-night meeting after the House voted out its budget (and the supplemental budget), a House committee voted out HB 2, and a Senate committee talked more about property taxes.

Budget Update — House Actions Taken

March 29, 2019| Legislative News

The House passed CSSB 500 by Sen. Jane Nelson (R-Flower Mound), the supplemental appropriations bill for the current biennium budget, 2018-2019. The bill represents $9.3 billion in funding - $2.7 billion of General Revenue, $2.3 billion in federal funds, and $4.3 billion from the Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF).

House Property Tax Bill — HB 2

March 29, 2019| Legislative News

House Ways and Means Chairman Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock) introduced a committee substitute for HB 2, the House’s property tax bill.

Senate Property Tax Hearing

March 29, 2019| Legislative News

Chairman Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston) and the Senate Committee on Property Tax met on Mar. 26 to hear 11 bills all addressing various exemptions and exceptions from ad valorem taxation.

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

March 22, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – This week, Senate State Affairs heard eminent domain bills and moved the big eminent domain bill out of committee.

Unfunded Mandates Survey Results Reveal the Growing Costs of County Government

March 22, 2019| Legislative News

The Cost of County Government: 2018 Unfunded Mandates Survey is now available online. This first-of-its-kind survey highlights the costs of Texas county government and details the growing financial impact of unfunded and underfunded mandates on county budgets.

County Officials Testify on High Priority Disaster Related Bills

March 22, 2019| Legislative News

The Homeland Security and Public Safety Committee met Wednesday, Mar. 20 to hear a full agenda of legislation, including several high priority disaster-related bills. A common theme among the bills heard is helping local communities respond more quickly by streamlining the disaster related recovery processes.

Senate IGR Hears Emergency Management Bills

March 22, 2019| Legislative News

The Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations (IGR), chaired by Sen. Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville), met Monday, Mar. 18 to hear several bills on public improvement districts and others related to emergency management and hurricane preparedness.

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

March 15, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – This week, Senate State Affairs heard eminent domain bills and moved the big eminent domain bill out of committee.

Special Edition: TAC on the Lege

March 15, 2019| Legislative News

Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley recently presented Five Ways to Lower Texans’ Property Taxes during a hearing before the House Ways and Means Committee on House Bill 2. These options could provide real property tax relief for county property taxes.

High Priority Disaster Relief House Bills Heard in Committee

March 15, 2019| Legislative News

Several high priority House bills relating to disaster relief have been filed and heard in committee hearings recently.

Revised "Waters of the U.S." Rule Proposed; Comments Due April 15

March 15, 2019| Legislative News

On Feb. 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers formally published a revised “Waters of the U.S.” rule that clarifies the types of bodies of water that are subject to federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act. The proposal would replace the initial regulations adopted in 2015, which have been challenged in litigation.

Stormwater Small (Phase II) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit (TX040000) Renewed

March 15, 2019| Legislative News

On Jan. 24, 2019, Texas Commision on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Commissioners renewed the general permit to authorize stormwater discharges from small MS4s in the state.

You're Invited! County Government Day BBQ Luncheon

March 15, 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.

Join Us for Tuesday Morning Breakfasts

March 15, 2019| Legislative News

The heat is turning up. As the 86th Legislature shifts into a higher gear, TAC is hosting Tuesday Morning Breakfasts each Tuesday to keep county officials on top of the latest out of the pink dome.


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