April 12, 2013, Number 14  


Two legislative ideas recently considered--one a Senate floor amendment and the other a House bill heard in committee--would have subjected Texas cities to essentially... 

Tree Preservation Ordinances Part II: H.B. 1377 and Pay or Waive

House Bill 1377 (Kolkhorst, R - Brenham) is a bill aimed at limiting how cities enforce tree preservation ordinances. It states that a "landowner owns all trees and timber located...

House Bill 2828 (Dale, R - Cedar Park), a bill that would eliminate municipal land use authority over gas and other transmission pipelines and facilities, was heard in the...

Improved "Fiscal Transparency" Bill Passes Committee

On April 11, the House Committee on Appropriations approved a committee substitute for H.B. 14, by Representative Jim Pitts, the fiscal transparency bill supported by the...

Significant Floor Actions

S.B. 1 (Williams), General Appropriations Bill. Passed the House. This is the state budget bill. Of particular interest to cities, the House version includes $307 million in mixed...

Significant Committee Actions

H.B. 168 (Callegari), relating to the operation, powers, and duties of certain water districts. Reported from the House Committee on Natural Resources...

S.J.R. 1 (Williams) - State Infrastructure Fund:  would: (1) establish a special revolving fund in the state treasury called the state water implementation fund to be used only...

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 14

Your City Deserves the Recognition: 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.


TML Business Service Partner Spotlight: BuyBoard - Cooperative Purchasing

Before purchasing items for your city, consider BuyBoard, a cooperative purchasing program administered by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). Everything on BuyBoard has been competitively bid and awarded based on Texas statutes, which saves your city money and time. For a full description of the valuable services our partners provide, visit the TML Business Service Partner page on the TML Web site.


Texas Association of Former Municipal Officials (TAFMO)

Each year, the League loses contact with many veteran elected and appointed officials as they conclude their time in public service to Texas cities. With these departures, the knowledge and experience these former city officials gained over the years are lost to TML. The Texas Association of Former Municipal Officials (TAFMO) provides an opportunity for former municipal officials and TML to stay in touch. Benefits include a subscription to Texas Town & City magazine, special registration rates to the TML Annual Conference and Exhibition, and the opportunity to network with former colleagues.

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 12
May 17-18, 2013
South Padre Island
Meeting Information

Region 11
June 21, 2013
Region 3
June 27, 2013
For more information on a specific meeting, contact rpitts@tml.org.
May 8-10

June 5-7
Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers Annual Conference
College Station
June 17

June 20-23
Texas City Management Association Annual Conference
San Marcos

July 26-27
TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
San Antonio

August 9-10 
TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
Round Rock

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