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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.

GLO Issues Hurricane Harvey Report with Policy Recommendations

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush recently released a report capturing lessons learned from the Texas General Land Office’s (GLO) response to Hurricane Harvey, as well as 18 recommendations to improve both response and resiliency in future natural disasters.

Moving from Mental Illness to Wellness

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

In January 2018, the Texas Supreme Court and the Court of Criminal Appeals held a joint hearing to gather input for the need of a statewide judicial committee on mental health.

House Committee Examines Pretrial Risk Assessments, Bail Reform

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

The House Committee on Criminal Jurisprudence, chaired by Rep. Joe Moody (D-El Paso), recently held hearings on several of its interim charges, including its charge to monitor the work of the Office of Court Administration (OCA) on pretrial risk assessment tools for the Texas Judiciary and the use of such tools at various stages in the criminal justice process.

Committees Release Reports with Recommendations on School Safety

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

Both the Senate Select Committee on Violence in Schools and School Security, chaired by Sen. Larry Taylor (R-Friendswood), and the House Committee on Public Education, chaired by Rep. Dan. Huberty (R-Houston), recently released interim reports with recommendations focused on improving school safety.

AG Opinions and Requests

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

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

Office of Court Administration Hosting Pretrial Summit Oct. 15-16

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

The Office of Court Administration is hosting a Pretrial Summit on Oct. 15 and 16 at the Texas Association of Counties Event Center in Austin.

TCEQ to Host First Annual Autumn Environmental Conference & Expo

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

Oct. 9-11, hundreds of engineers, environmental managers, consultants, and members of the regulated community will gather to receive updates on permitting rules, requirements, and regulations at the first annual Autumn Environmental Conference & Expo.

Attend a Legislative Exchange in Bell, Hidalgo or Wise County this Fall

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

TAC’s legislative staff is traveling the state to hear from county officials about what they are interested in and concerned about as the 86th legislative session approaches.

TAC Adds New Legislative Staff Members

September 07, 2018| Legislative News

Please welcome the newest members of the TAC Legislative team, Senior Legislative Manager Noe Barrios, and Legislative Manager Kelsey Bernstein.

DPS May Close 87 Local Driver License Offices

August 22, 2018| Legislative News

The Sunset Commission staff and various state agencies are filing their recommendations for consideration by the Commission which is scheduled to meet Aug. 29 and 30.

Bridging the Mental Health Gap

August 05, 2018| Legislative News

A workshop on Texas’ growing mental health crisis brought together 100 county officials from across the state July 19-20 in Georgetown.

Attend a Legislative Exchange this Fall and Help Set the Agenda for the 86th Legislative Session

August 05, 2018| Legislative News

TAC’s legislative staff is traveling the state to hear from county officials about what they are interested in and concerned about...

Get More out of TAC's Legislative Conference

August 03, 2018| Legislative News

TAC’s 2018 Legislative Conference might be one of the most important events county officials attend this year.

Update! New Unfunded Mandates Video Released

August 03, 2018| Legislative News

TAC worked with county officials from across the state earlier this summer to produce a new vi​deo​ to educate the general public about unfunded mandates and encourage legislators to...

Federal Update: National Flood Insurance Program Extended, Farm Bill Advances

August 03, 2018| Legislative News

U.S. Senate passed another short-term extension to keep the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) from lapsing.

Comptroller Expecting $2.7 Billion More in State Revenue

August 03, 2018| Legislative News

Comptroller Glenn Hegar testified before the Legislative Budget Board members and released his updated Certification Revenue Estimate report (CRE), which projects...

GLO Seeks County Input for Disaster Recovery Planning Funds

August 03, 2018| Legislative News

The General Land Office is conducting a survey to collect more local and regional input for the $137 million Community Development Block Grants for Disaster Recovery

Attorney General Opinions

August 03, 2018| Legislative News

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

U.S. Supreme Court Rules to Allow Sales Tax on Remote Sales

July 06, 2018| Legislative News

In a landmark decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on June 21 to allow states to require certain remote sellers, such as internet retailers, to collect sales taxes even if...

Senate IGR Committee Travels to Rio Grande Valley

July 06, 2018| Legislative News

The Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Relations (IGR), chaired by Sen. Eddie Lucio, traveled to the Rio Grande Valley for the latest hearing on May 31.

State Studying All Aspects of School Safety, Including Mental Health

July 06, 2018| Legislative News

In the aftermath of the devastating school shooting in Santa Fe, both Gov. Greg Abbott and the Legislature have prioritized a review of potential...


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