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$250 Million Available Through County TIF Grant Program

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will open applications for the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund (TIF) grant program on April 27, and counties can obtain up to $250 million.

Congress Passes $2 Trillion Stimulus Package

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

An agreement was reached on the $2 trillion federal stimulus package. The package passed the Senate 96-0 late Wednesday, March 25, and the House approved the bill by voice vote on Friday, March 27, just hours before it was signed into law by President Trump.

Abbott Delivers COVID-19 Executive Orders

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

On Thursday, March 19, Gov. Abbott addressed all Texans stating that because the coronavirus had grown into an international pandemic, Texas needs a unified response to limit the spread of the virus as the number of COVID-19 cases and related deaths continue to increase.

Governor Postpones May 2 and Primary Runoff Elections

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

Gov. Greg Abbott issued a proclamation on Wed., March 18, postponing the May 2 local elections and special elections to the Nov. 3 uniform election date amid the coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19 Calls for Increased Cybersecurity Vigilance

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

As the coronavirus evolves in Texas, being vigilant about cybersecurity is more pressing than ever. County officials and staff are the last line of defense against hackers hoping to obtain the private data of Texas residents – and hackers are being more and more creative about how they get their hands on this important data.

TCEQ Responses to COVID-19

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

The following information for county officials has been provided by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

House Committee on Public Health Discusses COVID-19

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

On March 10, the House Committee on Public Health held a hearing with state and local leaders to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for Texans.

NACo 2020 Legislative Conference Recap

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

TAC staff joined county officials from Texas and from across the country in attending the 2020 National Association of Counties' Legislative Conference this month in Washington, DC.

AG Opinions and Requests

March 31, 2020| Legislative News

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

2020 Unfunded Mandates Survey to Begin Soon

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

Work on the 2020 Unfunded Mandates (UFM) Survey is about to begin. In coordination with the Texas Association of County Auditors, the County Treasurers' Association of Texas, the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas and the Conference of Urban Counties, TAC is reviewing the 2018 UFM survey in preparation for the start of the 2020 survey.

SB 2 Education Series Underway

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

The first of nine educational events on Texas Senate Bill 2 implementation kicked off on Feb. 11 in College Station. The series, organized by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC), is taught by elected officials and includes four different sessions.

2020 TAC Salary Survey is Underway

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

The biennial Texas Association of Counties (TAC) Salary Survey is in progress. We sent the survey out on Jan. 21 to collect salary information on all elected county offices and appointed county auditors.

Interim Hearing: Usage of Third-Party Collection Firms

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

On Feb. 5, 2020, the House Ways and Means Committee held a legislative hearing to discuss the following interim charge.

Overview of the State Budget Process

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

The Texas biennial appropriations bill is the one piece of legislation that the Legislature must enact before the end of a legislative session or come back during a special session to complete.

State Budget Issues – State Fails to Return LIRAP Fees to Counties

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

Fee collections from the Low-Income Vehicle Repair Assistance, Retrofit, and Accelerated Vehicle Retirement Program (LIRAP), also known as the AirCheckTexas program, totaling an estimated $151.2 million as of January 2020, are being held by the state instead of being returned to counties.

Register for TAC's DIR-Certified Cybersecurity Training

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

Registration is now open for the Texas Association of Counties' (TAC) cybersecurity training course that is certified by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR).

Luncheons with Legislators – Rep. Trent Ashby

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

The beautiful Piney Woods of deep East Texas was the setting for a recent Luncheon with Legislators event in Kennard with State Rep. Trent Ashby (R-Lufkin). Houston County Judge Jim Lovell hosted the luncheon at Larry Bruce Gardens and welcomed more than 35 county officials from five of the counties in House District 57.

2020 HAVA Security Grant Funds

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

On Dec. 20, 2019, the federal government appropriated $425 million in Help America Vote Act (HAVA) grant funds to states through the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to improve administration of elections, enhance technology and make election security improvements.

TCEQ Proposes Amendments to Landscape Irrigation Rules

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

On Jan. 15, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) commissioners approved the publication of proposed rule revisions to 30 Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Chapter 344, Landscape Irrigation.

AG Opinions and Requests

February 24, 2020| Legislative News

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

AG Opinion: TIF Distribution Formula Clarification

January 28, 2020| Legislative News

Effective Sept. 1, 2019, the funding formula for the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund (TIF) program changed to clarify distributions.

Legislature Directs Emergency Management Professional Development Work Group

January 28, 2020| Legislative News

Legislators passed many high priority emergency management bills to address preparedness as well as recovery and response, including bills that withdraw billions from the Rainy Day Fund and that will help secure billions more from federal recovery and flood mitigation dollars.

TAC's 2020 Salary Survey is Underway

January 28, 2020| Legislative News

We mailed survey forms for the 2020 TAC Salary Survey during the week of Jan. 21. We will mail printed copies of the report to the responding offices once we receive salary information from at least 240 counties and county judges in the responding counties will receive a courtesy copy of the report.

Texas Prepares for the 2020 Census

January 28, 2020| Legislative News

The Texas Demographic Center (TDC), which supports the work of the Texas State Demographer, functions as a focal point for the distribution of Census Bureau information for Texas. 

How Texas House Bill 3834 Impacts You

January 28, 2020| Legislative News

An alarming rise in cyberattacks prompted the Texas Legislature last session to pass House Bill 3834 authored by Rep. Giovanni Capriglione (R-Southlake), which requires all county officials and their staffs to take a training course, certified by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), to prevent attacks by cyber criminals.


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