August 16, 2013 Number 31

.pdf Version: TML Legislative Update Number 31


TxDOT May Turn Over State Highway Maintenance to Some Cities
A plan being devised by state officials to abandon maintenance on 1,897 miles of state highways in urban areas as a cost-cutting measure could shift hundreds of...

2013 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition

When you register for the 2013 TML Annual Conference and Exhibition on October 8-11, be sure to purchase a ticket for the Thursday Delegate Luncheon. Besides a great meal, you will get some food for thought from Marilyn Sherman, who will challenge you to not settle for less than your best.

Delegate Luncheon and Keynote Speaker
(Thursday, October 10, Noon; separate ticketed event)
Why Settle for the Balcony? How to Get a Front Row Seat in Life
Marilyn Sherman, Las Vegas, Nevada

We all know that too many people settle for mediocrity in their work and personal life. But, have you considered how settling for mediocrity might affect your organization...and results? Everybody deserves a front row seat in life, but so few of us know how to get it. Marilyn Sherman knows, because that used to be her, until she set about taking control and practicing the very principles she teaches today. The best life is lived in the front row, and she would love to show you how to get there.


Register for the conference now.


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


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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: GovQA (311 Customer Service System)

WebQA's web-based software, GovQA, provides TML members with a proven 24/7 solution for managing all citizen requests and questions. The 311 customer service system's information knowledge base, workflow engines, and communication tools help cities assist their citizens effectively and efficiently. For a full description of the valuable services our partners provide, visit the TML Business Service Partner page on the TML website.


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

September 13, 2013
Grand Prairie

Meeting Information

Region 3September 19, 2013
Region 8September 26, 2013

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