July 19, 2013, Number 27


Transportation Funding Bill Moves a Step Further
Time is running out in the second special legislative session for lawmakers to address the state's transportation funding problems. The Texas House of...

Voting Rights Act: Preclearance Update
On June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its opinion in Shelby County v. Holder.   In the case, Shelby County, Alabama, alleged that the basis for applying the...

Affordable Care Act Large Employer Mandate Postponed
The federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) includes a mandate that any employer with 50 or more full time employees provide health benefits or...

Congressional Committee Votes on Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act
On July 10, 2013, the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee's Energy and Power Subcommittee approved the federal Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting...

SECO to hold Property Assessed Clean Energy Webinar
Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a program that provides low-cost, long-term financing for water and energy conservation improvements to commercial and...

Public Input Sought on New NFPA Fire Prevention Standard
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is seeking public input on the first draft of a standard that focuses on certain elements of fire prevention programs. The...

Second Special Session: Significant Floor Actions

H.B. 16 (Pickett), Relating to the allocation of certain fuel-related tax revenue...


Second Special Session: City-Related Bills Filed

  • Elections
    S.B. 37 (Patrick) - Elections
    :  would among other things, change certain election dates as follows: (1) move the general primary election date to the first... 
  • Public Safety
    2S.B. 38 (Patrick) - Concealed Handguns
    :  would provide that: (1) a state agency or a political subdivision of the state may not provide notice by a...
  • Transportation
    2H.B. 54 (Isaac) - Transportation Funding:  would provide that the motor vehicle sales tax collected on electric vehicles shall be deposited to the state...  

TML Annual Conference Registration is Now Open!

We are so excited to announce that the 2013 TML Annual Conference registration is now open! The conference will be held from October 8-11 at the Austin Convention Center.

We hope you will join us in Austin for the Conference. You will find a program packed with topical concurrent sessions, engaging speakers, and chances to network and share ideas with your colleagues from around the state.


Free TCEQ Drought Management Seminar-Registration Deadline Today

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is holding a free, one-day Drought Management Seminar in Fort Worth on July 23, 2013The seminar will include information on drought assistance, maintaining compliance, board member responsibilities, and utility rates. It is also a great opportunity to visit one-on-one with TCEQ staff. The registration deadline is today. To register and for more information about the seminar, go to TCEQ seminar.


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TML Business Service Partner Spotlight: Online Public Funds Investment Act Training 

Take the required Public Funds Investment Act (PFIA) training online through Virtual Learning Concepts (VLC). This online course is the equivalent of the full ten hours of training, but allows you to re-certify from the comfort of home or office.

For a full description of the valuable services our partners provide, visit the TML Business Service Partner page on the TML website.


The Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI) is Looking to Shine the Spotlight on You

TMLI is a voluntary certification program for elected officials and is sponsored by TML and the Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners (AMCC). The highest level of recognition an elected official can obtain is Certified Municipal Official (CMO). Receiving recognition for your commitment to continuing education through TMLI is easier than you think. For details on the CMO designation and other certificate levels, go to the TMLI section of the TML website.

Region 9
July 25, 2013

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August 16-17, 2013

Region 5
September 4, 2013
Wichita Falls

September 12, 2013
Aransas Pass

Region 3
September 19, 2013
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GFOAT Fall Conference

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