July 05, 2013, Number 25


Second Special Session Continues

A proposed constitutional amendment to divert some of the state's oil and gas tax revenue to transportation projects nearly passed the Texas Legislature during...


U.S. Supreme Court Expands Just Compensation Requirement to Permit Denials
Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its 5-4 decision in Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District. While the opinion was overshadowed somewhat by a...


Are You Responsible for Managing Records in Your City?
On April 7, 2013, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) adopted mandatory minimum standards for the storage of permanent local government...


Second Special Session: Significant Committee Actions

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


Second Special Session: City-Related Bills Filed

  • Personnel
    2H.B. 23 (Thompson) - Employment Discrimination: would track the language of the federal Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and would: (1) extend...
  • Community and Economic Development
    2H.B. 24 (Callegari) - Eminent Domain Reporting: would amend the provisions of S.B. 18 (2011) to provide that an entity, including a city, that...
  • Public Safety
    2H.B. 19 (Krause) - Firearms: would prohibit the state or a political subdivision of the state from contracting with or in any other manner...
  • Transportation
    2H.B. 8 (Harper-Brown) - Transportation Funding: would provide that, beginning in 2015, certain revenue derived from the state sales tax...
  • Utilities and Environment
    2H.B. 29 (Callegari) - Desalination: would: (1) require the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to adopt rules to allow water treated...

How Cities Work-2013 Edition

How Cities Work is a collection of articles describing the important functions and vital services cities provide. TML member cities can order copies of this useful reference and educational publication by emailing 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.


TML Revenue Manual for Texas Cities

Do you ever wonder if your city takes advantage of all the various revenue sources available to it? Do you wish you could lower your property tax rate, but can't find the funds to offset it? Are you afraid that you're missing something simple when it comes to revenues that every other city knows about, except you?


The TML Revenue Manual for Texas Cities covers everything you need to know, from the biggest sources of city revenue-property and sales taxes-on down to the most mundane and arcane-open records charges, raffles, even cemetery taxes.


The manual is organized alphabetically by revenue type and presented in an easy-to-understand, question-and-answer format, similar to the Legal Q&A column that's so popular in Texas Town & City. For each type of revenue, the basics are covered-such as how the revenue source is adopted, who collects it, on what it can be spent, and so forth. There is more advanced material as well, including strategic considerations about how particular sources of revenue interact with other taxes and fees, and how to switch from one revenue stream to another. The handbook should be useful to councilmembers, management, finance officers and staff, and city attorneys.


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Texas Home Rule Charters-Second Edition (2010)

The Texas Home Rule Charters book provides a comprehensive review of the origin, evolution, status, and analyses of more than 350 home rule charters in the state. In addition to tracing the historical development of charters, the book offers an overview of the application and impact of state and federal laws on writing and amending charters. The book is available to TML members for $15. To order, visit the Texas Home Rule Charters page on the TML website.

Region 7
July 12, 2013
Leon Valley
Meeting Information
Region 6
July 18, 2013

Region 2
July 18, 2013

Region 9
July 25, 2013

Region 14
August 16-17, 2013

September 12, 2013
Aransas Pass

Region 3
September 19, 2013
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September 13

September 18

October 8-11
TML Annual Conference and Exhibition
October 23-25
GFOAT Fall Conference

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