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County government key to protecting citizens

November 15, 2019| TAC News

Winter holidays are here, but — in honor of Veterans Day — I wanted to take a minute to thank all of the veterans who leave military service and choose to work for county government in Texas, either as elected officials or as county law enforcement, firefighters, and other staff.

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Since the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) was repealed under House Bill 2048 by Rep.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.

Legislative Changes Affect Human Resources and Workers Compensation

October 25, 2019| Risk Management News

Several bills passed by the Texas Legislature during the 86th legislative session that affect counties pertain to human resources and workers compensation. Five of those bills are summarized below with links to each bill.

The Vision Plan is Being Rebranded

October 24, 2019| Health and Benefits News

The Vision Plan is being rebranded from Ft. Dearborn to Blue Cross Blue Shield. There are no changes to the vision plan benefits and network. All enrollees will be receiving new Vision ID cards in October 2019.

Livongo Whitelisting

October 24, 2019|

Livongo is a new diabetes management program that the Texas Association of Counties Health and Employee Benefits Pool (TAC HEBP) will be launching in January 2020.

Healthy for the Holidays

October 24, 2019|

Our last contest of 2019, Healthy for the Holidays, has begun! Log 30 days of 7,000 steps by Dec. 1 to complete the contest. Check your progress in the Rewards tab on the Sonic Boom portal.

Healthy for the Holidays

October 24, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Our last contest of 2019, Healthy for the Holidays, has begun! Log 30 days of 7,000 steps by Dec. 1 to complete the contest. Check your progress in the Rewards tab on the Sonic Boom portal. Employees with activity trackers connected to the Sonic Boom portal are automatically registered for the contest.

How to use your Boomer Bucks

October 24, 2019|

Have you completed the first three Healthy County contests this year? Way to go! Keep on reading for instructions on how to redeem your Boomer Bucks for gift cards or merchandise in the Boomer Bucks Catalogue.

New Apple Watch & Apple Health Integration!

October 24, 2019|

Great news! Sonic Boom now has a direct integration with Apple Health. This eliminates the need to sync your data with Human API and, with the integration, your time will also be transferred to Sonic Boom along with steps, calories and distance.

How to use your Boomer Bucks

October 24, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Have you completed the first three Healthy County contests this year? Way to go! Keep on reading for instructions on how to redeem your Boomer Bucks for gift cards or merchandise in the Boomer Bucks Catalogue.*

Stop Breast Cancer in its Tracks

October 24, 2019|

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. But when cancer is only in the breast and is found and treated early, the relative survival rate is 99%. There’s no better reason to find it early.

New Apple Watch & Apple Health Integration!

October 24, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Great news! Sonic Boom now has a direct integration with Apple Health. This eliminates the need to sync your data with Human API and, with the integration, your time will also be transferred to Sonic Boom along with steps, calories and distance.

Stop Breast Cancer in its Tracks

October 24, 2019| Health and Benefits News

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. But when cancer is only in the breast and is found and treated early, the relative survival rate is 99%. There’s no better reason to find it early.

2019 Healthy County Communication Materials

October 24, 2019|

Check out our new 2019 Healthy County communication materials linked below! Please email healthycounty@county.org to request copies of the communication materials be mailed to you.

10 Proposed Constitutional Amendments Go To Voters

October 21, 2019| Legislative News

On the Nov. 5 ballot, voters will be asked to decide on 10 constitutional amendments passed by the Legislature during the 86th Session.

Legislative Session examined important issues to counties

October 16, 2019| TAC News

It was wonderful to see so many of you at our annual Legislative Conference in September. Did you realize that your presence broke attendance records for this event?

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.


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