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Gov. Abbott Orders Special Session to Begin July 8; Agenda Items Pending

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

Using his authority under the Texas Constitution, Gov. Greg Abbott has followed through on his promise to call lawmakers back to Austin to complete their "unfinished business."

New Laws Now in Effect

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

All legislation includes a clause stipulating when the law will take effect.

Vetoed Bills of Interest to County Officials

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

During the 87th Legislature, TAC's legislative staff tracked thousands of bills affecting county government.

Line-Item Veto Targets Legislature's Funding

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

Gov. Greg Abbott followed through on his threat to veto appropriations for the Texas Legislature.

Abbott Directs State Budget Funds for Border Security

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

On June 16, Gov. Greg Abbott unveiled plans for Texas to build its own wall for border security.

SB 41 Consolidates Court Costs, Fees

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

Senate Bill 41 by Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), which was filed June 14 without the Governor’s signature and takes effect Jan. 1, consolidates civil court costs and filing fees to establish a streamlined process and standardize these costs statewide.

Clerks Gather, Install New Officers

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

The County and District Clerks’ Association of Texas (CDCAT) held its 126th Annual Conference during June 6-10 at the Amarillo Civic Center Complex in Amarillo.

Tax Assessor-Collectors Swear In New Board

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

The Tax Assessor-Collectors Association of Texas (TACA) met in Corpus Christi June 5-10 for its 87th annual conference.

Property Tax, Budgeting Roundtable Held

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

Following closely on the end of the 87th Texas Legislature, Loving and Ward County Auditor Ellen Friar and Tom Green County Auditor Nathan Cradduck, both past presidents of the Texas Association of County Auditors, hosted a roundtable discussion.

AG Opinions and Requests

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

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

TCEQ to Host Talks on Pubic Water Systems and Lessons Learned During Winter Storm

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

The TCEQ is continuing to gather information about all of the factors that impacted public water systems during Winter Storm Uri through our after-action review.

Register for TAC's Legislative Conference

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

TAC's 2021 Legislative Conference, set for Sept. 1-3 in Austin, offers county officials and staff in-depth analysis of what happened during the 87th Legislature and how it affects county government.

What We're Reading

June 25, 2021| Legislative News

Here's a look at some of the stories Texas media outlets covered at the Capitol this week.

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

May 21, 2021| Legislative News

With the top half of the hourglass emptying on the legislative clock, the House and Senate have settled into a familiar pattern where work slows and accelerates in the chambers in large part according to the action or inaction of the other.

Bills on the Move

May 21, 2021| Legislative News

TAC Legislative Services staff will highlight important county-related bills on the move that have had either committee or floor activity in the House and Senate during the week. While this list does not include every county-related bill, it does provide an overview of some recent significant legislative actions.

SB 1 Conferees Reach Consensus, Adopt Budget Decisions

May 21, 2021| Legislative News

Senate Bill 1 conferees put the final touches on the state budget for the 2022-23 biennium on Wednesday, May 19, bringing the budget process that began nearly two years ago closer to conclusion.

TAC Legislative Conference Goes Hybrid

May 21, 2021| Legislative News

In response to your feedback, we have transformed the TAC Legislative Conference, scheduled for Sept. 1-3, into a hybrid event. We hear you and understand the demand to expand our services and offer multiple ways for you to connect with us. 

Unable to Attend This Week's Tuesday Morning Breakfast? Here's What Happened

May 21, 2021| Legislative News

The final, do-or-die days of the 87th Texas Legislature have arrived. Here are a few highlights from this week's penultimate Tuesday Morning Breakfast.

What We're Reading

May 21, 2021| Legislative News

This week, the activities of the 87th Texas Legislature continued with committee hearings and both chambers convening. Here are a few news articles on the week’s happenings.

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

May 14, 2021| Legislative News

May is the neck of the funnel, where demand outstrips supply for space on daily calendars and far more legislation quietly dies than goes to the governor’s desk for action. To date, and with only 30 days remaining, just a half dozen bills have been sent to the governor for his signature or veto. None have yet been acted on.

Bills on the Move

May 14, 2021| Legislative News

TAC Legislative Services staff will highlight important county-related bills on the move that have had either committee or floor activity in the House and Senate during the week. While this list does not include every county-related bill, it does provide an overview of some recent significant legislative actions.

TAC Legislative Conference Goes Hybrid

May 14, 2021| Legislative News

In response to your feedback, we have transformed the TAC Legislative Conference, scheduled for Sept. 1-3, into a hybrid event. We hear you and understand the demand to expand our services and offer multiple ways for you to connect with us. 

Unable to Attend This Week's Tuesday Morning Breakfast? Here's What Happened

May 14, 2021| Legislative News

As we enter the last couple of weeks of the 87th Texas Legislature, things will move quickly — and sometimes mysteriously, as Jim Allison, General Counsel for the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas, joked during Tuesday's virtual breakfast meeting. Several key deadlines for action by the Texas House on its own bills passed this week, but the lower chamber can still take initial votes on Senate bills until May 25. Nothing is over until it's over on May 31.

What We're Reading

May 14, 2021| Legislative News

This week, the activities of the 87th Texas Legislature continued with committee hearings and both chambers convening. Here are a few news articles on the week’s happenings.


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