January 24, 2014 Number 2


Volunteer Fire Fighters and the Affordable Care Act
The U.S. Department of the Treasury announced last week that volunteer fire fighters won't count as employees for purposes...


Voting Rights Act Bill Introduced
Federal legislation has been filed that would once again make Texas cities subject to preclearance under the Voting Rights Act...


Interim Charges on Water and Other Issues Released
Lt. Governor Dewhurst continues to release interim charges to committees of the Texas Senate to study prior to the 2015...


Congress Delays Flood Insurance Increases
The U.S. House of Representatives has included a provision in its omnibus appropriations bill that would delay implementation...

Elected Officials' Conference - Registration is Still Open 

Nearly 250 elected officials are registered for the February 7-9 Elected Officials' Conference in San Antonio. New to the agenda is the "Movin' On Up" concurrent session with Texas State Representative Linda Harper Brown and Tim Reeves of the Epstein Group discussing "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Running for Higher Office but Were Afraid to Ask." 


There's still time to register.


February 12 Scenic City Webinar - Register by January 31
The Scenic City Certification Program can benefit your city's economic development by providing a green, neat, and attractive place to live, work, and play. Register by January 31 for the February 12, 10:30-11:30 am, Scenic City Webinar. You'll learn more about the program, and how your city can participate.

City Lights - New Feature in Texas Town & Cities Magazine
Starting in March 2014, TT&C will feature "City Lights," a new monthly column that will highlight Texas cities' recent achievements. Did your city make Forbes' list of 25 Best Cities to Retire in 2014? Are you proud of that big grant you won last week? Tell us about it! Send your city's boasts and brags with background details for our editorial team to TML Communications Department.


TML Buyer's Guide

The TML Buyer's Guide is a searchable database of products and services offered by TML associate members. The Buyer's Guide database allows you to browse through an alphabetical list of firms or search for a product or service category. Use the Buyer's Guide to explore solutions for your city.
For questions about the online guide, please contact the TML Member Services Department.


Join the SolutionsNet Community
TML began the SolutionsNet listserv a few years ago to make it easy for you to access our most valuable resource-the experience and expertise of other member city officials. The listserv membership is free to all member cities; all you have to do is complete a short online registration.

Once a member, you have access to archived discussion threads and documents. Most importantly, you can post questions and respond to requests from other city officials. By participating in SolutionsNet, you aren't only solving problems, but you are building a catalog of resources for yourself and others to access.

And participating doesn't mean that you have to accept a flood of emails into your email inbox. The listserv allows you to customize what and how much information you receive.

To become a part of the SolutionsNet community, visit the SolutionsNet page of the TML website.

Legal Q&A Index
In each issue of Texas Town & City magazine, a TML attorney addresses common or emerging legal topics in the Legal Q & A feature. An index of this popular feature can be accessed online in the Legal Research section of the TML website. If the index doesn't shed light on a question you have, TML member city officials can always contact the TML Legal Department for help. For information on contacting a TML attorney and to explore other online legal resources, go to the Ask a TML Attorney page on the TML website.

Jan 31
Region 12 
Rio Grande City 
Feb 13
Mar 20
Region 3
Location TBD
Mar 21
Region 7
Mar 27
Region 16 
Apr 10
Region 8 
Apr 17
Region 2
May 16-17
Region 12 
South Padre Island
Jun 19
Region 3
Location TBD
Sep 23
Region 3
Location TBD
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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