April 19, 2013, Number 15  


Call to Action:  Several Detrimental Bills on the Move 

Legislators have begun trying to move their bills through the legislative process in earnest, and many of the bills would erode city authority or impose an unfunded...


Online Hotel Booking Class Action: Federal Judge Issues Final Judgment 

On April 4, U.S. District Judge Orlando Garcia issued a final judgment requiring online hotel booking companies to pay 173 Texas cities more than $55 million...


Significant Floor Actions

H.B. 200 (Murphy), relating to liability of certain electric utilities that allow certain uses of land that the electric utility owns, occupies, or leases.  Passed the House.... 


Significant Committee Actions

H.B. 2720 (Ritter), relating to the applicability of the law governing emergency authorizations by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for...

S.B. 1896 (Garcia) - Municipal Judge:  would provide that information contained in property tax appraisal records that identifies the home address of a municipal...


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 15

Elected Official's Packet Has You Covered

The Elected Official's Packet contains several essential TML publications and informational materials, including the Handbook for Mayors and Councilmembers and the How Cities Work publication. TML member cities can receive one packet at no charge for each elected official, plus a reference copy for city staff. To inquire about your city's complimentary packets, send an e-mail to the TML Member Services Department. Please include your mailing address and the number of packets you would like to receive.


TML Business Service Partner Spotlight: Sales Tax Analysis and Reporting Service (STARS)

The Sales Tax Analysis and Reporting Service (STARS) offered by MuniServices, LLC, monitors sales tax revenue and clearly forecasts future sales tax revenue streams. The quarterly STARS reports give you the information you need to prepare detailed and accurate budgeting reports and can be a helpful economic development planning tool. For a full description of the valuable services our partners provide, visit the TML Business Service Partner page on the TML website.


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.


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 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

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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