June 21, 2013, Number 23

Governor's Vetoes Include City-Related Bills

Governor Rick Perry has vetoed 26 bills passed by the legislature during the regular session. Seven of the 26 were city-related bills described in the League's "wrap-up"...


Texas Supreme Court Defines "Law" for Purposes of the Whistleblower Act

A claim under the Texas "Whistleblower Act" arises when an employee is terminated or disciplined after alleging a violation of "law" to an appropriate party.  The Act allows...


Recent Legislation Impacts City Budget and Tax Rate Process

Two bills were recently passed that will affect a city's budget adoption and property tax rate setting process:...


TCEQ Now Accepting Applications for Municipal Solid Waste Advisory Council

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is now accepting applications for the Municipal Solid Waste Management and Resource Recovery Advisory...


Governor's Office Seeking Information on ADA Coordinators

The governor's office is seeking contact information for each Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) coordinator in the state.  (Federal law requires a city with 50 or more...


First Special Session: Significant Floor Actions

1S.J.R. 2 (Nichols), relating to the transfer of certain general revenue to the state highway fund and the economic stabilization fund and to authorize the payment...


First Special Session: City-Related Bills Filed
  • Property Tax
    1H.B. 83 (Flynn) - Capital Appreciation Bonds: would: (1) prohibit a county, city, special district, school district, junior college district, or other political...
  • Community and Economic Development
    1H.B. 69 (Callegari) - Eminent Domain Reporting: would amend the provisions of S.B. 18 (2011) to provide that an entity, including a city, that did not submit...
  • Public Safety
    1H.B. 71 (Flynn) - Emergency Vehicles: would provide that: (1) on the immediate approach of a police vehicle using an audible or visual signal, an...
  • Transportation
    1H.J.R. 19 (Harper-Brown) - Transportation Funding:  would amend the Texas Constitution to: (1) provide for the transfer of general revenue to the state... 

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

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July 12, 2013
Leon Valley
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July 18, 2013

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July 25, 2013

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August 16-17, 2013

Region 3
September 19, 2013
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