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    Legislative Services

    Texas is 254 counties strong. That's a lot of experience and know-how state lawmakers can rely on when making public policy decisions. County officials across Texas are ready to help.

    Outreach Tools | August 21, 2023

    Core Legislative Group

    When legislators are faced with issues that may affect local government, they want to hear from local elected and appointed officials. As a county official, there are numerous ways to participate in the legislative process when you join the Core Legislative Group.

    As a member, you can help by:

    • Contacting your local legislators in person, by phone, by email or electronically.
    • You can reach out to your legislators regarding specific legislation. We ask that you try to maintain a consistent level of communication (calls, emails, text messages, personal visits and social media interaction) with your legislative delegation, not just during session, but throughout the interim.
    • Providing testimony (written or verbal) or completing a witness card for or against legislation.
    • We will continue to rely on the expertise of the Core Legislative Group in providing testimony on county bills during committee hearings.
    • Supplying TAC with your opinions regarding legislation that will impact county government.
    • Periodically, we will ask for your assessment of how a bill might affect your county or the operations of a particular county office. Your insight helps us communicate the effect of a bill to legislators and staff early in the process and will help improve these county-related bills.

    If you are interested in participating in the legislative process, please email Kelsey Berstein .

    Please note that any information submitted is subject to open records requests under the Texas Public Information Act.