December 20, 2013 Number 42

pdf Version: TML Legislative Update Number 42 


Lt. Governor Dewhurst continues to release interim charges to committees of the Texas Senate to study prior to the 2015 legislative session. City-related charges relating to the protection of...

The Austin Court of Appeals recently addressed open government issues in two separate cases involving governmental entities. The first case of interest is York v. Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corp...
Relying on City of Dallas v. Stewart (a 2012 opinion of the Texas Supreme Court), the Fourth Court of Appeals has recently held that a takings claim could be filed at any point "in the same proceeding"...

Elected Officials' Conference

Serving as a local elected official is a complicated and demanding job.  The challenges facing our cities today are more complex, and today's economy requires doing more with less.  Join us February 7-9 in San Antonio to explore innovative ways to solve problems, and network with your colleagues in other cities.  To learn more and register, visit the website today!

TML Buyer's Guide

The TML Buyer's Guide is a searchable database of products and services for city governments. This comprehensive database of TML Associate Members allows you to browse through an alphabetical list of firms or search for a product or service category. Don't forget to use TML Buyer's Guide when researching solutions for your city.


Don't Recreate the Wheel: Reach Out to Colleagues on the SolutionsNet Listserv

Need some advice on starting a community garden? Interested in how other cities have structured their paid time off policy? Looking for a sample cell phone use policy? Wonder if other cities are outsourcing a particular position? Just ask. With SolutionsNet, you can reach out to other city officials and tap into their experience and expertise.


SolutionsNet is more than an ordinary listserv. It is a web-based communication system that allows you to ask questions, respond to inquiries, post documents, and search archived discussion threads. You can even customize what and how much information you receive in your email inbox. SolutionsNet is a complimentary service open to all TML member city officials. Join the SolutionsNet community today.


Purchasing Cooperative Endorsed by TML Returns $3.5 Million to Members

The Local Government Purchasing Cooperative Board announced the distribution of approximately $3.5 million to more than 1,200 of its members. This action is a result of continuing growth in the Cooperative's annual purchasing volume and membership, and brings the total amount rebated to members at just over $16.9 million since 2006. The Cooperative-endorsed by the Texas Municipal League, the Texas Association of School Boards, the Texas Association of Counties, and the Texas Association of School Administrators-was created in 1998 to increase the purchasing power of government entities and to simplify their purchasing by using a customized electronic purchasing system called the BuyBoard.


Put This on Your To-Do List for 2014: Submit a Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Award Application

The Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Awards recognize and encourage the achievements of Texas cities in meeting the challenge of municipal government. The competition is divided into two population categories-cities less than 25,000 in population and cities over 25,000 in population. Within each of the two population categories, there are five subject categories-management innovations, communication programs, city spirit, public safety, and public works. The deadline to submit applications is June 6, 2014. For more information and to apply, visit the TML Municipal Excellence Awards page on the TML website.

Region 2
January 16, 2014
Region 9
January 23, 2014
Region 8
March 27, 2014
Jan 30-31Texas City Management Association William "King" Cole Session 1
Feb 5Texas Public Employer Labor Relations Association (TxPELRA) Annual Workshop
San Antonio
Feb 6-728th Annual Civil Service Workshop
San Antonio
Feb 7-9TML Elected Officials' Conference
San Antonio
Feb 20-21Texas City Attorneys Association 15th Annual Riley Fletcher Basic Municipal Law Seminar
Feb 22-23Texas Youth Advisory Commission Summit
Feb 27-28Texas City Management Clinic
Feb 28TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
Meadows Place
Mar 10Texas Reception at NLC Congressional City Conference
Washington, D.C.
Mar 27-28Texas City Management Association William "King" Cole Session 2
Apr 4TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
Apr 11TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
Apr 14-15Government Finance Officers Association of Texas Spring Institute
Apr 24-25Public Funds Investment Act Workshop
May 7-9Texas Municipal Human Resources Association Annual Conference
May 9TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
May 14-16Texas Municipal Utilities Association Annual Conference

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