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Preparing for the 2020 Census

July 26, 2019| Legislative News

We are less than a year from the 2020 U.S. Census and the fallout could be either very beneficial or very problematic for individual counties. Much will depend on how thoroughly the U.S. Census Bureau manages to count the people in each area because that count will have a huge impact.

AG Opinions and Requests

July 26, 2019| Legislative News

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

Focused on the Future: TAC's Legislative Conference is September 4-6

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

The Texas Association of Counties 2019 Legislative Conference, Sept. 4-6 in Austin, will offer county officials and staff an overview of the 86th legislative session.

Disaster Relief, Response and Recovery Bills Cross the Finish Line

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

As one of Gov. Abbott's emergency items for the 86th Legislative Session, Hurricane Harvey-related legislation for disaster relief, response and recovery ha now become law. The high priority and low numbered bills originated from policy recommendations made by the Governor’s Commission to Rebuild Texas.

Changes to Posting Election Information

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

House Bill 1241 by Rep. John Bucy (D-Austin) adds Section 1.021 to Chapter 1 of the Election Code to require the written notice of a polling place must state the building name, if any, and the street address, including the suite or room number, if any, of the polling place.  The bill becomes effective Sept 1, 2019.

SB 354 Pre-approval of Payroll and Expenses

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

In 2017, Attorney General Opinion KP-0160 held that counties with a population of 190,000 or less lacked the necessary statutory authorization to adopt procedures for pre-approval of payroll and office expenses.

Final State Budget Update: Items of Interest to Counties

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

The approved state budget for the 2020-2021 biennium, HB 1, totals $250.7 billion, a 6.3% increase over the two-year budget approved by the 85th Legislature. The increase in General Revenue or tax-supported spending, compared to the 2018-19 state budget, is 9.5%.

County Bills that Failed to Pass

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

During the 86th legislative session, TAC's legislative staff tracked roughly 3,000 bills impacting county government. The complete list of the bills being tracked, organized by county association, can be found here.  Close to 2,500 of those bills failed to pass.

AG Opinions and Requests

June 28, 2019| Legislative News

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

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

May 24, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us – The 86th regular legislative session is drawing to a close with the Legislature scheduled to adjourn sine die on Monday, May 27. This week included a flurry of activity, as both chambers met late into the evening to pass legislation before their respective deadlines.

State Budget Update: Items of Interest to Counties

May 24, 2019| Legislative News

Conferees on House Bill 1, the state budget for the 2020-2021 biennium, have found agreement on a significant portion of the budget. Compromises have been reached on items in Articles I - X, but details associated with health and human services funding, school finance and property tax relief have still not come into focus.

AG Opinions and Requests

May 24, 2019| Legislative News

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

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

May 17, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week Ahead of Us – Only 10 days remain in the 86th regular legislative session. The conference committee report on Senate Bill 2, the property tax bill, is imminent, the Driver Responsibility Program repealer has now passed both chambers, the state budget is close to being finalized, while the comptroller tells the Legislature it has a little bit more walking around money.

TCEQ Free Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Workshop — Waco

May 17, 2019| Legislative News

It’s not too late for owners and operators of Phase II MS4 permits to register to attend a free workshop! There are still seats available for the June workshop in Waco.

Final Tuesday Morning Breakfast for 86th Legislative Session

May 17, 2019| Legislative News

Join us for our last Tuesday Morning Breakfast to wrap up the 86th Legislative Session.

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

May 10, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – We are in a race to the end of the 86th Regular Session. There is some (remote) hope for funding for voting machines, while a committee heard some problematic election bills.

Tax Swap Proposal Dies

May 10, 2019| Legislative News

Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Houston), the author of House Joint Resolution (HJR) 3 and House Bill 4621, which would have asked voters to increase the state sales tax by 1 cent to buy down school district property taxes, postponed consideration for the resolution and House bill until Jan. 12, 2021.

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

May 03, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – We are just under 25 days away from sine die, the last day of the regular legislative session. The House passed SB 2, the 3.5 percent revenue cap bill, and the measure now moves to a conference committee.

SB 2 - Property Tax Bill Passes House, Heads to a Conference Committee

May 03, 2019| Legislative News

April 30 was County Government Day at the Capitol and on the same day, the Texas House took up Senate Bill 2 in place of HB 2 by Rep. Dustin Burrows (R-Lubbock). SB 2 is the property tax bill that remains a top priority of the Governor, Lt. Governor and Speaker during the 86th Session.

County Government Day at the Capitol Celebrated

May 03, 2019| Legislative News

Tuesday's County Government Day celebration began in the TAC Events Center with the weekly Tuesday Morning Breakfast and an update on bills scheduled for the week.

AG Opinions and Requests

May 03, 2019| Legislative News

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

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

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

The Week Behind Us and the Week(s) Ahead of Us – With about 30 days remaining in the legislative session, deadlines are looming and bills are accordingly moving quickly. The big revenue cap bill is one stop away from the House floor, as the dance between the chambers over this and school finance reform continues.

Action Alert: Ask Your Legislator to Support Bill Repealing Driver Responsibility Program; Bill Set on House Calendar on April 29

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

House Bill 2048 by Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond), a bill that would repeal the Driver Responsibility Program (DRP) and eliminate program surcharges assessed on drivers convicted of certain offenses, is scheduled for consideration on the House Floor on Monday, April 29.

State Budget Update: Items of Interest to Counties

April 26, 2019| Legislative News

Now that both chambers have adopted their versions of the 2020-21 budget, House Bill 1, Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick (R-Houston) have appointed members to a conference committee to reconcile the differences between the bills.

You're Invited! County Government Day BBQ Luncheon – April 30

April 26, 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.


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