March 15, 2013, Number 10


Bill Filing Deadline Comes and Goes
In the final three days before the March 8 bill-filing deadline, Texas lawmakers went into their usual bill-filing frenzy.  The numbers were similar to the 2011 session.  This... 

Property Tax Lending and Payday Lending: Cities Grapple with New Issues
It's not often that Texas cities confront unique legislative issues that haven't surfaced session after session in the past. This 2013 legislative session presents two such...

TML's Legislative Webinar Series: Don't Forget to Register!
Find out about the bills filed in the final days before the filing deadline by participating in the League's Legislative Webinar Training Series. These webinars are the best and... 


New Form I-9 Released
On March 8, 2013, the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services released a new Employment Eligibility Verification Form, commonly known as a "Form I-9." Cities should...

Significant Committee Actions
H.B. 38 (Menendez), relating to the penalty for an offense involving motor vehicle airbags.  Reported from the House Committee on Transportation...

Significant Floor Actions
S.B. 186 (Carona), relating to the abatement of mosquitoes in stagnant water located on certain uninhabited residential property.  Passed the Senate...

City-Related Bills Filed 

PROPERTY TAX:  H.B. 2343 (Zedler) - Property Tax Delinquency:  would require a city council to waive penalties and interest on a delinquent tax if an act or omission of an...


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 to Austin to speak out...


.pdf Version: TML Legislative Update Number 10


Land Planning Near Transmission Pipelines in Texas Webinar, April 9

The U. S. Department of Transportation, the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), and the Office of Pipeline Safety (OPS) invite you to an April 9 Webinar on recommended land use practices described in the Pipelines and Informed Planning Alliance (PIPA) Report titled "Partnering to Further Enhance Pipeline Safety in Communities Through Risk-Informed Land Use Planning: Final Report of Recommended Practices." This session focuses specifically on transmission pipelines in Texas.


To register for the April 9 Texas Webinar, go to: and select the appropriate meeting registration link. Registration is limited to 200 participants. Additional information about the PIPA Recommended Practices can be found on PHMSA's Stakeholder Communications website at For further information, please contact Julie Halliday at 202-366-0287. 


TML Business Service Partner Spotlight:  Emergency Communications Network (Hosted Communications Solutions) 

Emergency Communications Network, Inc., (ECN) has developed affordable notification services capable of reaching thousands of citizens in minutes. ECN's Web-based product suite features two hosted solutions for outbound notification: CodeRED® for community and staff notifications and CodeRED Weather Warning™ for automated severe weather warnings.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

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.





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 4
May 17, 2013
Region 11
June 21, 2013
Region 3
June 27, 2013
For more information on a specific meeting, contact
 March 22
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 20-23
Texas City Management Association Annual Conference
San Marcos

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