March 1, 2013, Number 8


In this issue (and in the weeks ahead), readers will find "Significant Committee Actions." Future issues will have those and "Significant Floor Actions."...  


May 2013 Election Law Calendar
In years past, the Texas Municipal League legal staff prepared an election calendar for general law cities. The calendar, which spelled out various...


TML Names Legislator of the Month for February Video Presentation Available
Senator Kevin Eltife (R - Tyler) is the TML Legislator of the Month for February 2013. Senator Eltife represents Senate District 1, which includes...


Significant Committee Actions
S.B. 127 (Nelson), relating to the creation of certain funding formulas and policies and to certain public health evaluations by the Department of State Health...


City Officials Testify
When the legislature is in session, nothing compares to the effectiveness of city officials testifying at the Capitol. City officials who take their time to travel...


City-Related Bills Filed
H.B. 1459 (Gooden) - Property Tax Exemption: would provide a property tax exemption for real property that is leased to an organization that meets...


.pdf Version: TML Legislative Update Number 8 


Video Clip Available

Video clip of testimony is available in this article.  


Free IRS Tax Training Session

The IRS is conducting a free phone forum on Tuesday, March 26, at 2:00 p.m. The training will cover Form 1099 Reporting and Filing Requirements. For dial in instructions, click here.


How Cities Work-2013 Edition Now Available

The 2013 edition of the How Cities Work publication is now available. This useful reference and educational tool is a collection of articles describing the important functions and vital services cities provide.


TML member cities can order copies of How Cities Work by e-mailing the TML Member Services Department. Please include your mailing address and the number of copies you would like to receive. The booklets are available at no charge to TML member cities.


A Guide to Becoming a City Official - 2013 Edition

Effective service as an elected official requires dedication, knowledge, and a substantial commitment in time. This booklet is designed to familiarize candidates with the responsibilities of city elected office.


Order updated copies of the booklet by e-mailing the TML Member Services Department. Please include your mailing address and the number of booklets you would like to receive. The booklets are available at no charge to TML member cities.


It's Time for Show and Tell: Apply for a Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Award

The Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Awards recognize and encourage the achievements of Texas cities in meeting the challenge of municipal government. The competition is divided into two population categories-cities less than 25,000 in population and cities over 25,000 in population. Within each of the two population categories, there are five subject categories-management innovations, communication programs, city spirit, public safety, and public works. The deadline to submit applications is June 7, 2013.


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Region 11
March 7, 2013
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March 21, 2013

Region 3
March 28, 2013
Region 14
April 4, 2013
Region 2
April 18, 2013
Region 5
April 25, 2013
Region 9
April 25, 2013
Region 15
April 25, 2013
Region 11
June 21, 2013
Region 3
June 27, 2013
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Government Finance Officers Association of Texas Spring Institute
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Texas Municipal Human Resources Association Annual Conference
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Texas Municipal Utilities Association Annual Conference
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