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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.

Committee Created to Study the Driver's License Program

January 28, 2020| Legislative News

Speaker Dennis Bonnen (R-Angleton) created a special committee in December 2019 to study the driver's license program.

Interim Work Continues

January 28, 2020| Legislative News

The legislature's interim work is well underway with committee chairs gaveling in members. Meetings began as early as December. Here are the highlights.

Tier II Chemical Reporting for 2019 Now Underway

January 28, 2020| Legislative News

March 1 is the deadline to file your annual Tier II report for 2019. If you store hazardous chemicals or extremely hazardous substances above the established threshold quantities at your facility, you are required to report them to the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ).

AG Opinions and Requests

January 28, 2020| Legislative News

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

SB 944 - Public Information Act & the Temporary Custodian

November 04, 2019| Legislative News

Several bills during the 86th legislative session made modifications to the Public Information Act (PIA). Senate Bill 944 by Sen. Kirk Watson (D-Austin) garnered a lot of attention for its potential impact to county government operations.

Election Security December Deadline Approaches

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

House Bill 1421 by Rep. Celia Israel (D-Austin), which became effective Sept. 1, 2019, requires county election officials to request annual cybersecurity training and a cybersecurity assessment of their county's election system from the Texas Secretary of State.

November 2019 Elections

November 01, 2019| Legislative News

On the Nov. 5 ballot, voters will be asked to decide on 10 constitutional amendments and, depending upon their location, may have the chance to participate in special elections and local city and county propositions.


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