July 26, 2013, Number 28


Deadline for Transportation Funding Looms
As reported in last week's Legislative Update, time is running out in the second special legislative session for lawmakers to address the state's transportation funding...


Post Session Update: City Regulation of Payday and Auto Title Lenders
"Our efforts to reform payday lending in the state legislature are at a stalemate. To make progress at the state level, we must act locally by encouraging our city leaders to...


Bills Allow for Expanded Videoconference Meetings
Does the Open Meetings Act (Act) allow a city council to hold a meeting by videoconference call?  Yes, if certain conditions are met.  Prior to legislation passed...


S.B. 1297: Online Message Board Discussions

Recent legislation has attempted to allow some discussion amongst members of a governmental body outside of an open meeting using the Internet.  Senate Bill...


Second Special Session: Significant Floor Actions

2H.J.R. 2 (Pickett), Proposing a constitutional amendment to provide for revenue from motor fuel taxes to be used solely for constructing, maintaining, and acquiring...

2013 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition Registration is Now Open

We hope you will join us in Austin for the 2013 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition on October 8-11. This year's program will feature six education tracks that have a lot to offer all attendees:

  • Quality of Life: Fall in Love with Your City
  • Human Resources: Managing Your City's Best Asset
  • Professional Development: Unleashing Your Skills
  • Technology: Tools for Tomorrow's Cities
  • City Showcase: How Did They Do That?
  • Grab Bag: We've Got That Too


Register for the conference now.


If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsorship, please visit our Exhibition and Sponsorship websites.


Updated Handbook for Mayors and Councilmembers Now Available

The 2013 Handbook for Mayors and Councilmembers is now available. The handbook presents an overview of the functions, powers, and responsibilities of mayors and councilmembers. Topics include policy development, goal-setting, council meetings, conflicts of interest, standards of official conduct, budgeting, personal liability, and media relations.


TML member cities can receive one copy of the handbook at no charge for each elected official, plus a reference copy for staff. Additional copies are $20 and can be ordered on the Publications page of the TML website. To inquire about your city's complimentary copies, contact us by email or call 512-231-7400.


TML Business Service Partner Spotlight: Emergency Communications Network (Hosted Communications Solutions)

Emergency Communications Network, Inc., (ECN) has developed affordable notification services capable of reaching thousands of citizens in minutes. ECN's web-based product suite features two hosted solutions for outbound notification: CodeRED® for community and staff notifications and CodeRED Weather Warning™ for automated severe weather warnings.For a full description of the valuable services our partners provide, visit the TML Business Service Partner page on the TML website.


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Region 4August 16, 2013
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Region 5September 4, 2013
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Region 11September 12, 2013
Aransas Pass
Region 3September 19, 2013

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