January 10, 2014 Number 1

TML Legislative Update: Number 1 .pdf Version


TxDOT Confirms that "Turnback Program" Will be Voluntary
Previous editions of the Legislative Update have reported on the Texas Department of Transportation's (TxDOT) "Turnback Program."  The...

Texas Water Development Board Hosts Financial Assistance Workshops

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will host financial assistance workshops around the state in January...


TCEQ Renews Small MS4 General Permit
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) has renewed the general permit for regulated small municipal separate storm sewer systems (MS4s) to discharge stormwater under the Texas Pollutant...

Notice of Utility Disconnection for Certain Multifamily Properties
Recent state agency rulemakings address legislation passed last session that allows cities to receive notice from non-city gas and electric...

Telecommunicator Training
House Bill 1951, passed last session, requires that any telecommunicator (i.e., 9-1-1 dispatcher) hired by a city must be licensed by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement.  In addition, the bill...

May 2014 Election Law Calendar
In years past, the Texas Municipal League legal staff prepared an election calendar for general law cities. The calendar, which spelled out various deadlines for the May general election of city officers,...


April 24-25 PFIA Training for Treasurers, CFOs and Investment Officers

The Public Funds Investment Act requires Treasurers, Chief Financial Officers, and Investment Officers of local governments to participate in 10 hours of training on topics pertaining to PFIA within the first 12 months of taking office, and every two years thereafter.


TML's April 24-25 PFIA Training in Austin satisfies the state requirements. Upon completion, your attendance will be reported to the State Comptroller's Office to assure legal compliance.


Capacity is limited. Learn more and register.


Elected Officials' Conference: Hotel Deadline Approaching

Are you planning to attend the 2014 Elected Officials' Conference, February 7-9, in San Antonio? Make your hotel reservation at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk by January 23 to receive our discounted room rate of $169, plus tax (single or double).


Reserve your room at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio Riverwalk.


Register online for the best conference rates. 


A Guide to Becoming a City Official - 2014 Edition Now Available
Effective service as an elected official requires dedication, knowledge, and a substantial commitment in time. A Guide to Becoming a City Official is designed to familiarize candidates with the responsibilities of city elected office.

Order updated copies of the booklet by emailing the TML Member Services Department. Please include your mailing address, and the quantity you would like to receive. The booklets are available at no charge to TML member cities.

Join Us at a TML Regional Meeting
The Regional Roundup Calendar in this and every TML Exchange email gives you the most current information about upcoming TML Regional meetings. Each of TML's 15 sub-state regions (regions 2-16) holds two to four meetings a year. The meetings are a great place to network with peers, learn about innovative city programs and projects, and become part of the TML leadership team.

Several regions have already scheduled meetings this year, and many more are in the works for this Spring. Be sure to check the Regional Roundup Calendar each week for meetings in your region. If you're unsure what region your city is in, visit the TML Regions section of the TML website. Contact the TML Member Services Department with any questions about regions or how you can get involved.

Jan 16
Jan 23
Jan 31
Region 12 
Rio Grande City 
Feb 13
Mar 27
Region 16 
Apr 10
Region 8 
May 16-17
Region 12 
South Padre Island
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 12Scenic City Certification Program
Feb 20-21 Austin
Feb 22-23
Feb 27-28 Salado
Feb 28 Meadows Place
Mar 10
Washington, D.C.
Mar 27-28 Richardson
Apr 4
Apr 11
Apr 14-15
Government Finance Officers Association of Texas Spring Institute
Apr 24-25

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