April 26, 2013, Number 16  


Payday Lending Bill Enhanced in Senate, Maybe Too Much

A bill that would regulate the growing payday and auto title lending industry passed the Senate this week, by a vote of 23 to 7. From a city perspective, the bill...


Internet Publication Bill: Back to Life? 

A committee substitute for H.B. 335 (Stickland) has been voted out of the House Committee on Technology. After a March 18 hearing at which newspapers opposed...


2013 COPS Grant Applications

On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) began accepting applications for two federal grant... 


Significant Floor Actions

H.B. 13 (Callegari), relating to the State Pension Review Board and public retirement systems. Passed the House....

H.B. 4 (Ritter), relating to the creation and funding of the state water implementation fund for Texas to assist the Texas Water Development Board in the funding of...


MUNICIPAL COURT: S.B. 1908 (West) - Municipal Court Fees: would provide that: (1) not later than December 1, 2015, the State Office of Court Administration...


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... 

.pdf Version: TML Legislative Update Number 16

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Final Call for Scenic City Certification Program

This is your final call to apply for the Scenic City Certification Program, sponsored by Scenic Texas and the Texas Municipal League. Join other cities around Texas in gaining an objective assessment of your city's scenic infrastructure standards. Under a points-based certification system, your city may become a Certified Scenic City! The deadline to apply is Friday, May 3. Please contact Anne Culver at 713-629-0481 or www.sceniccitycertification.org.


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.


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.


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.

Region 4
May 17, 2013
Region 12
May 17-18, 2013
South Padre Island
Meeting Information

Region 16
June 6, 2013

Region 11
June 21, 2013
Region 3
June 27, 2013
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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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