March 8, 2013, Number 9


From bag bans and texting while driving to funding for the state water plan and financial transparency, activity is heating up at the Capitol. ...  


House Committee Considers Municipal Rate Case Participation Video Presentation Available
On March 5, the House Committee on State Affairs considered H.B. 1148 and H.B. 1149, which are two bills that could limit municipal participation in gas and electric rate ...


Sequestration Update
Congress and President Obama failed to reach an agreement avoiding the sequestration (i.e., billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts in federal programs ...


Updated FMLA Poster: Post by March 8, 2013
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a new Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) poster to accompany its updated FMLA regulations. All covered employers, ...


Municipal Bond Exemption Update
The National League of Cities issued the following press release on February 27: MAYORS, COUNTY AND LOCAL LEADERS OPPOSE MOVE ...


The Texas Commission on Fire Protection Seeks Committee Members
The Texas Commission on Fire Protection is seeking applicants for a new Head of Department ad hoc committee. The committee will review the newly-adopted ...


Significant Committee Actions
S.B. 53 (Zaffirini), relating to life support services provided by certain emergency medical services personnel. Reported from the Senate Committee ...


City-Related Bills Filed
H.B. 1830 (N. Gonzalez) - Appraisal Process: would create a pilot program in El Paso county that would provide that, in an appraisal protest filed by a commercial ...


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...


.pdf Version: TML Legislative Update Number 9 


Video Clip Available

Video clip of testimony is available in this article.  


Texas Hosts Gulf Coast Restoration Council Meeting on the Deepwater Horizon Spill Recovery Plans-March 12 in Pasadena 

On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the Gulf Coast Restoration Council will meet in Pasadena, Texas. The Restoration Council was formed by Congress in July 2012 and is charged with the oversight and eventual distribution of a significant portion of the federal civil penalties resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation. At the March 12 meeting in Pasadena, the Restoration Council will take public comment on the Deepwater Horizon spill recovery plans. For information on the Restoration Council and its mission, visit For more information on this upcoming meeting, visit  


TML Business Service Partner Spotlight: FOIA Systems (Open Records Management System)

TML Business Service Partners can help you improve communications, lower expenses, and maximize revenue streams. FOIA Systems, a product of WebQA, is a simple-to-use, yet powerful Web-based software application that automates and manages the open records process. This complete solution ensures compliance with state law, centralizes requests in one location, provides complete reporting, and enforces consistent handling of all requests. FOIA Systems supports programs for cities of all sizes. For a full description of the valuable services our partners provide, visit the TML Business Service Partner page on the TML Web site.


Join SolutionsNet Listserv

SolutionsNet is more than an ordinary listserv. It is a Web-based communication system that allows you to ask questions, respond to inquiries, post documents, and search archived discussion threads. You can even customize what and how much information you receive in your e-mail inbox. SolutionsNet is a complimentary service open to all TML member city officials.  


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.



Region 10
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
For more information on a specific meeting, contact
March 11

March 21-22
March 22
April 14-17
Government Finance Officers Association of Texas Spring Institute
May 8-10
Texas Municipal Human Resources Association Annual Conference
May 22-24
Texas Municipal Utilities Association Annual Conference
College Station

June 5-7
Texas City Attorneys Association Summer Conference
South Padre Island

June 6-7
Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers Annual Conference
College Station
June 17

June 22-23
Texas City Management Association Annual Conference
San Marcos

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