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

January 22, 2021| Legislative News

Legislatively, it has been an uneventful week at the Capitol since both chambers, after adopting their rules last week, adjourned until Jan. 26. However, COVID-19 hit close to home. Rep. Joe Deshotel (D-Beaumont) tested positive on Jan. 14 after being on the House floor for three days, and four representatives who sat near him have said they will self-quarantine. That number includes Rep. Michelle Beckley (D-Carrollton) who skipped the first day of the session to avoid a “superspreader” event.

Bills of Interest

January 22, 2021| Legislative News

TAC Legislative Services staff has highlighted some recently filed bills of interest to county officials.

1115 Demonstration Waiver Extended for 10 Years

January 22, 2021| Legislative News

On Jan. 15, the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) received federal approval for extending the Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement 1115 Demonstration Waiver to Sept. 30, 2030.

Texas Senate Issues Committee Assignments

January 22, 2021| Legislative News

A statewide elected official, the lieutenant governor presides over the Texas Senate for a four-year term and is chiefly responsible for its operations. Former state Sen. Dan Patrick (R-Houston), midway through his second term as lieutenant governor, has sole discretion on whether to continue, modify or abolish standing committees.

Addressing the Next Major Pension Crisis: ERS and Related Pension Funds

January 22, 2021| Legislative News

The Employees Retirement System Pension Trust Fund (ERS) provides retirement benefits for state employees and their beneficiaries. Employees of all State of Texas agencies, elected state officials and district attorneys are automatically enrolled in the ERS retirement program.

Did You Skip This Week's Tuesday Morning Breakfast? Here's What You Missed

January 22, 2021| Legislative News

The breakfast tacos remained virtual due to COVID-19 restrictions, but the content was as filling as ever when TAC held its second online Tuesday Morning Breakfast of the 87th legislative session this week. Despite the occasional technical glitch, the first two virtual breakfasts have been a big success.

Save the Date for Counties at the Capitol Virtual Legislative Day – Tuesday, Feb. 16

January 22, 2021| Legislative News

TAC’s Counties at the Capitol Day will get you up to speed on the most significant issues facing county government during the 87th Texas Legislature. We are responding to calls for slowing the spread of COVID-19 by hosting this event virtually. Your safety is our first priority as we strive to provide you with timely and valuable information.

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

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

It was an eventful week at the Capitol, as Tuesday, Jan. 12, marked the first day of the 87th Legislative Session. The House elected a new speaker for the first time since the start of the 86th session in 2019.

Bills of Interest

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

TAC Legislative Services staff has highlighted some recently filed bills of interest to county officials.

Comptroller Projects $112.5 Billion for 2022-23 Budget

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

Texas lawmakers enter the 87th Legislative Session with an estimated $112.5 billion available for general purpose spending in the next two-year state budget, a number significantly higher than what was estimated this summer when the coronavirus began to devastate the economy.

Rep. Hugh Shine Files Property Tax Relief Bill

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

Rep. Hugh Shine (R-Temple) filed HJR 32, a proposed constitutional amendment restricting the power of the Legislature to mandate requirements on cities and counties.

$1.9 Trillion “America Rescue Plan” Will Test Bipartisanship of 117th Congress

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

After months of tense negotiations among Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-California), and Secretary of the Treasury Steve Mnuchin, all parties were able to finally agree upon a $2.3 trillion omnibus appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2021, which included $900 billion in COVID-19 relief.

Tuesday Morning Breakfasts Begin Virtually

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

A few hours before the 87th Texas Legislature gaveled in on Tuesday, the Texas Association of Counties (TAC) hosted the first in a series of weekly working breakfasts. TAC traditionally hosts these breakfasts for county officials every legislative session. As with other events, TAC moved the breakfast online, as your safety is our first priority. 

Make a difference for county government with TAC’s Core Legislative Group

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

As the 87th Texas Legislature convenes, the policy issues and priorities of county government are more important than ever. Whether it’s speaking up about the impacts of underfunded mandates or making sure voting preparation and implementation measures continue to enhance election integrity – you know what legislative initiatives matter most to your community.

Elections Legislation

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

Since early bill filing began on Nov. 9, there have been approximately 100 election bills filed, and more are expected. The largest concentration of these bills focus on voter registration.

Meet TAC’s Legislative Consultants

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

As the 87th Texas Legislature convenes, TAC’s Legislative Consultants are ready to help your county. TAC Legislative Consultants serve as liaisons between county officials and the state legislature on legislative matters.

Save the Date for Counties at the Capitol Virtual Legislative Day – Tuesday, Feb. 16

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

TAC’s Counties at the Capitol Day will get you up to speed on the most significant issues facing county government during the 87th Texas Legislature. We are responding to calls for slowing the spread of COVID-19 by hosting this event virtually. Your safety is our first priority as we strive to provide you with timely and valuable information.

AG Opinions and Requests

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent attorney general opinions and requests for opinions of interest to counties.

What We're Reading

January 15, 2021| Legislative News

The first week of the 87th Texas Legislature included COVID-19 protocols, the installation of House and Senate leadership and the adoption of chamber rules. Here are a few news articles on this week’s happenings:

Urgent Cybersecurity Alert

December 29, 2020| Risk Management News

Urgent Notification: Recommended Mitigation of SolarWinds Orion Platform Compromise

Naturally Slim in 2021!

December 17, 2020| Health and Benefits News

We are excited to announce another round of the Naturally Slim series in 2021. The Applications for the first series, which starts Feb. 1, will be open Jan. 4 through Jan. 15.

2021 Healthy County Boot Camp Offered In-Person and Online

December 17, 2020|

The well-being and safety of TAC’s members is our first priority. In response to calls for slowing the spread of COVID-19, we have transformed the Healthy County Boot Camp conference into a hybrid event. The event will be in Denton and online.

Register for the Sonic Boom Program Healthy County Coordinator and Sponsor Training on Jan. 6

December 17, 2020|

We are excited to announce that Sonic Boom will hold an online training for Wellness Coordinators and Sponsors on Jan. 6 at 11 a.m.

This is Your Year: New WW & TAC Partnership!

December 17, 2020|

Texas Association of Counties and WW (Weight Watchers® reimagined) have teamed up to help members reach their wellness goals in 2021.

A Holiday Treat For You

December 17, 2020| Health and Benefits News

No matter what the scale says, there’s a place for treats this holiday season. Try this festive recipe, which is pleasantly sweet but not overloaded with sugar.


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