August 9, Number 30


.pdf Version:  TML Legislative Update Number 30


Third Special Session Concludes: Third Time Was the Charm for Some Transportation Funding
Legislators were finally able to at least partially address the state's transportation funding problems. In the third special session, two bills - S.JR. 2 and...


$253 million Will Flow From Cities to Fund 2014 State Budget
Many states provide funding to their cities to help cover the costs of city services.  In Texas, the situation is reversed:  the state takes hundreds of millions of dollars from...


Some City Residents May See Rise in Flood Insurance Premiums
Flooding - whether on the coast or along rivers and streams - has always been a serious risk in Texas cities. Because of federal budget cuts and increasing costs, Congress...

2013 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition

We hope you will join us in Austin for the 2013 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition on October 8-11. The Opening General Session keynote speaker Cheryl Cran will explore a topic that all cities face-addressing (and embracing) the generational divide.


Opening General Session
(Wednesday, October 9 at 10:30 a.m.)

Engaging All of the Generations in the Community

Cheryl Cran, President, Synthesis at Work Inc., Vancouver, BC, Canada

The times they are a changing, and the way we communicate and connect with our community is shifting rapidly. As city officials, we are tasked with meeting the needs of the community, and that means engaging every generation. In this session, by the author of Leading Across the Digital Divide, you will discover more about the generational impact on community engagement and how adapting to the different generational attitudes can improve services overall.


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: Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Revenue Service

The Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT) Revenue Service offered by MuniServices, LLC, helps generate the revenue and information needed to better promote your city's hospitality. Available services include an analysis of lodging tax revenue, a legal and administrative review of HOT ordinances and procedures, and tax and hospitality training for both city officials and lodging providers. For a full description of the valuable services our partners provide, visit the  TML Business Service Partner page on the TML website.



Region 4August 16, 2013
Meeting Information
Region 14August 16-17, 2013
Meeting Information
Region 5September 4, 2013
Wichita Falls
Region 11September 12, 2013
Aransas Pass
Region 16September 12, 2013
Port Arthur
Region 13

September 13, 2013
Grand Prairie

Meeting Information

Region 3September 19, 2013

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Phone: 512-231-7400
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