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AG Opinions and Requests

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

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

Legislative Lunch and Learn Event Highlights Intersection of Law Enforcement and Behavioral Health

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

The Texas Association of Counties hosted a Lunch and Learn event covering the intersection of law enforcement and behavioral health at the Capitol on Wednesday, Oct. 24.

Eminent Domain Reporting Period Begins

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

In 2015, the Legislature passed SB 1812, an eminent domain transparency bill that requires counties to annually report specific information to the Texas Comptroller for posting.

A Program Designed to Help Texans Feed Texans Sees Continued Success

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

Lawmakers created the Texans Feeding Texans program back in 2007, by allocating nearly $20 million to help supplement efforts of local service agencies in providing meals to the disabled and elderly across Texas.

County Affairs Discusses Disaster Issues, Requests Disaster Response and Recovery Wish List

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

The House Committee on County Affairs Chaired by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) met in Houston on Oct. 17 to hear testimony on several issues important to counties including disasters, mental health and county authority.

SB 1849 "Sandra Bland Act" Implementation Timeline

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

Texas Commission on Jail Standards (TCJS) adopted reasonable rules and procedures for Continuity of Medication. See the Texas Administrative Code to review minimum jail standards.

Court Records Preservation Grant Funds Available

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

The Texas Bar Historical Foundation has grant funds available for governmental entities and subdivisions, specifically state district and county courts.

TAC Kicks off Legislative Lunch and Learn Series with a Focus on the County Budget Process, Final Event Dec. 3

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

The Texas Association of Counties held a Lunch and Learn about the county budget process at the Capitol for legislative staffers on Oct. 1 at the Texas Capitol.

Federal Update: Congress Passes Legislation Addressing Disasters, Water Infrastructure and Opioids

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

On Oct. 3, the U.S. Senate passed the Disaster Reform Act of 2018 as part of the five-year reauthorization of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Counties at the Capitol Legislative Day Set for Feb. 5

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

Shortly after the Texas Legislature gets back into the swing of things, county officials will gather in Austin for TAC’s Counties at the Capitol day.

Tuesday Morning Breakfasts Begin January 8

November 02, 2018| Legislative News

As we slide into the New Year and the 86th legislative session, TAC will again be hosting our Tuesday Morning Breakfasts.

AG Opinions and Requests

October 05, 2018| Legislative News

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

One Last Opportunity to Attend a Legislative Exchange this Fall

October 05, 2018| Legislative News

TAC’s legislative staff has been traveling the state to hear from county officials about what they are interested in and concerned about as the 86th legislative session approaches. There is one final opportunity for you to attend an exchange before session begins.

Senate Committee on Criminal Justice Meets

October 05, 2018| Legislative News

The Senate Committee on Criminal Justice chaired by Sen. John Whitmire (D-Houston) met on Sept. 12 to discuss interim charges pertaining to telemedicine in correctional facilities, successful re-entry programs, and review of state jails in order to improve outcomes.

Senate State Affairs Committee Reviews Court Costs and Fees

October 05, 2018| Legislative News

On Sept. 10, the Senate State Affairs Committee held a hearing on an interim charge directing the committee to examine “the structure of court fees and make recommendations to ensure statutory filing fees and court costs are appropriate and justified,” and to “provide recommendations for proper agency oversight of fee collection.”

Legislative Exchange Moves to the Center...of Texas

October 05, 2018| Legislative News

TAC’s Legislative staff traveled to the heart of Central Texas last Wednesday for a Legislative Exchange with county elected officials and department staff from five counties.

County Affairs Committee Hearing Covers Several Important Issues

October 05, 2018| Legislative News

The House Committee on County Affairs chaired by Rep. Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) gathered for two public hearings on Sept. 25 and 26.

Secretary of State Issues Election Advisory on Handguns in Polling Places

October 05, 2018| Legislative News

On Sept. 21, the Texas Secretary of State (SOS) issued election advisory No. 2018-29, providing guidance on a recent opinion, KP-0212, issued by the Attorney General relating to whether election judges are permitted to carry a handgun in a polling place on Election Day.

Select Committee on Property Tax Reform; Ways to Engage the Public

October 05, 2018| Legislative News

The Select Committee on Property Tax Reform, chaired by Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), held its second meeting on Sept. 20 at the Capitol to hear interim charges. There were three major topics that the committee focused on during the hearing.

Applications for Texans Feeding Texans are Due Nov. 1

October 05, 2018| Legislative News

The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) is once again accepting applications for its Texans Feeding Texans program, which provides grants to local governments and non-profit agencies to help feed senior and disabled Texans.

Sunset Commission Hits "Delete" on Recommendation to Close 87 Driver License Offices

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

A resounding protest by county officials proved successful in defeating a DPS staff recommendation to close many driver license offices. The overwhelming outcry was picked up by media across the state last week just prior to the Sunset Commission’s meeting.

Initial State Budget Hearings Underway

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

This month, more than 200 state agencies (including institutions) are going through joint budget hearings. The process involves the governor’s office, lieutenant governor’s office, the Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and both the Senate Finance Committee and House Appropriations Committee.

2018 Help America Vote Act (HAVA) Election Security Grant Funds: Secretary of State Submits Proposal and Narrative on Using Funds

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

On March 23, Congress authorized $380 million in HAVA grant funding to be allocated to states for the purpose of providing improvements in elections security.

House County Affairs Meets in Dallas

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

The House Committee on County Affairs held a hearing on Aug. 23 where they discussed several interim charges important to counties, including mental health services and the impact of natural disasters on county finances.


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