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Virtual Senate Bill 2 and County Budget Training

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

TAC recently worked with the VG Young Institute of County Government to offer virtual training on Senate Bill 2, by Sen. Paul Bettencourt (R-Houston), and the county budgeting process.

Luncheons with Legislators Go Virtual

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

In the past, at the request of local county officials, TAC has hosted luncheons with state and congressional lawmakers across Texas.

Additional Federal Relief for Local Governments Remains Uncertain

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

While negotiations in Washington, D.C., continue, additional direct federal relief for local governments remains uncertain.

AG Opinions and Requests

May 29, 2020| Legislative News

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

May 1 - Open Texas Continues

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

On April 27, Gov. Abbott outlined his next steps to continue reopening Texas businesses in a series of phases based on data and doctors’ advice.

State Election Officials Face Many Challenges

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

County election officials are navigating how to prepare for the July 14 primary runoff elections and the November general election amidst COVID-19.

Congress Passes $484 Billion Coronavirus Relief Package

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

The United States Congress has passed H.R. 266, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.

COVID-19 Testing Site Map

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) and the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) launched an online COVID-19 test collection site map to help Texans better locate testing sites in their communities.

Reopen Texas Is Underway

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

Three days after governors met with President Donald Trump via video conference to discuss economic reopening guidelines, Texas became one of the first states to begin the slow and strategic process of reopening.

Senate Pandemic Working Groups

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

As of April 24, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick named several Senate working groups to discuss the challenges facing Texas as the state responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.

AG Opinions and Requests

April 30, 2020| Legislative News

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

$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.


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