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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.

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

March 08, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – It was a race to the finish line as lawmakers worked to file their bills before the March 8 deadline. More than 2,000 bills were filed this week alone. House Appropriators worked on the supplemental appropriations bill, backfilling money owed during the current biennium.

Bills of Interest

March 08, 2019| Legislative News

TAC legislative staff has highlight some recently filed bills of interest to county officials.

House School Finance Bill Filed

March 08, 2019| Legislative News

House Public Education Chairman Dan Huberty (R-Houston) filed House Bill 3 on Tuesday, a 186-page bill co-signed by 85 of the 140 House members, which attempts to fix the state’s beleaguered school finance system. The chairman indicated the bill will be heard in committee on March 12 and he expects to have it before the full House in April.

Rainy Day Fund Could Provide Much Hurricane Harvey Relief

March 08, 2019| Legislative News

On Wednesday, March 6, three high-level disaster relief bills were filed in the House and Senate to address the ongoing need to prepare for future hurricanes and natural disasters.

Free Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Workshops

March 08, 2019| Legislative News

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) renewed the Small (Phase II) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit (TXR0400000) on Jan. 24, 2019.  The deadline to file a Notice of Intent and Stormwater Management Plan is July 23, 2019.

Counties, Distinctly Texas

March 08, 2019| Legislative News

Why do we have Texas counties anyway? Watch and share this fun video that traces the history of counties back to Spanish rule and the wild west and shows how county government is distinctly Texas.

You're Invited! County Government Day BBQ Luncheon

March 08, 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 08, 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.

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

March 01, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – This week featured a marathon hearing in Ways and Means on HB 2 as well as a bill that actually lowers property taxes. A Senate committee took up the appraisal process, increased transparency for property taxpayers, and more language on bond elections. In House Public Health, a veteran chairwoman vowed to make behavioral health legislation a priority.

Bills of Interest

March 01, 2019| Legislative News

TAC legislative staff has highlight some recently filed bills of interest to county officials.

IGR Hears Hurricane Harvey Update

March 01, 2019| Legislative News

The Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations (IGR) held its organizational meeting Monday, Feb. 25 to hear invited testimony from housing and special district representatives and an update on Hurricane Harvey.

Hurricane Harvey Homeowners Encouraged to Apply for Reimbursement Program

March 01, 2019| Legislative News

Residents of the 48 Hurricane Harvey designated impacted counties are encouraged to apply for up to $50,000 in out-of-pocket expenses reimbursement. The Texas General Land Office (GLO) allocated $100 million in Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funds for eligible repairs to residents’ Hurricane Harvey damaged home.

Why does my property tax bill seem so big?

March 01, 2019| Legislative News

Watch and share this video, which dissects an average property tax bill and explains that counties deliver a whole lot of essential services to residents for only about 16 percent of their bill.

Join Us for Tuesday Morning Breakfasts

March 01, 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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