April 11, 2014, Number 11

.pdf Version: TML Legislative Update Number 11 

TML, TEMPO, and TxDOT Agreement: Turnback Program is Voluntary
On April 4, 2014, the League and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) agreed in writing...

Texas Water Development Board Launches State Water Plan Interactive Website
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has created an interactive website application to promote awareness about...

Texas Mayors Involved in Mayors Water Council
Denton Mayor Mark A. Burroughs recently brought forth a resolution on behalf of the Mayors Water Council (MWC) urging Congress...

Water Loss Audits and Updated Water Conservation Plans Due
H.B. 857, passed during the 2013 legislative session, requires retail water suppliers with more than 3,300 connections to...


Municipal Law 101: What Every Elected Official Should Know


Workshop and Webcast


Texas cities and their elected officials are governed by thousands of laws. Not following them can lead to severe consequences, including jail time in some cases.


Gain insight into the key laws that affect you and your city at the Municipal Law 101 Workshop and Webcast, May 29-30, in Austin.  Learn the basics in this abridged tour of the Public Information Act, personnel law, liability, election law, annexation, municipal court, land use, purchasing, and more.  The workshop will help you better understand why your attorney advises in certain ways, and how you can better spot the issues that need legal review.


Course details and registration.    


There's Room for 15 More "Fellows" at 2014 Leadership Academy


Capacity is limited to 70 at the TML Leadership Academy, a three-course, six-day program designed to enhance the leadership skills of city officials in Texas.  Participants who complete all three of these courses will be awarded the prestigious TML "Leadership Fellow" designation:


June 19-20 - Course One:  Personal Leadership Effectiveness

July 17-18 - Course Two:  Citizen Engagement and Collaboration

August 21-22 - Course Three:  Leading into the Future


Register soon if you plan to attend.



Join the SolutionsNet Community


The SolutionsNet listserv makes it easy for you to access our most valuable resource-the experience and expertise of other member city officials. The TML listserv membership is open to all member city officials; 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 are solving problems with your peers, and building a catalog of resources for yourself and others to access.


And participating doesn't mean that your email inbox will be flooded with unwanted emails. 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.



Help wanted? Let the TML Career Center Assist 


The TML Career Center is the most frequently visited page on the TML website because it connects employers with potential employees. TML member cities can post job openings at no charge. Private sector companies can post job openings at a cost of $150 for a 30-day posting. For more information, visit the TML Career Center today.   


Request for Nominations:  Irrigator Advisory Council


The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is requesting nominations for three individuals to serve on the Irrigator Advisory Council.  Two of the individuals must be an irrigator licensed to work in Texas, and the third individual represents the public.  Council members will be asked to serve a six-year term beginning in 2015.


To nominate an individual:  1) ensure that the individual is qualified for the position for which he/she is being considered; 2) submit a brief resume which includes relevant work experience; and 3) provide the nominee a copy of the nomination. The nominee must submit a letter indicating his/her agreement to serve, if appointed.  A person may nominate themselves as well.  


Written nominations and letters from nominees must be received by 5:00 p.m. on June 13, 2014.  For more information about the nomination process, contact Tracy Chandler, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Program Support Section, at 512-239-0629 or tracy.chandler@tceq.texas.gov.  Additional information regarding the council is available on the TCEQ website. 




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Region 9
May 6
Region 15
May 16-17
South Padre Island
Jun 19
Region 3
Aug 8
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Apr 14-15
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May 9
May 14-16
May 29-30
Jun 6
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South Padre Island
Jun 18-20
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Jun 26-27
Jun 26-29
Texas City Management Association Annual Conference
Jul 17-18
Jul 24-25
TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
Aug 15-16
TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation 
Las Colinas 
Aug 21-22
Sep 30 -
Oct 3
TML Annual Conference and Exhibition 
Nov 11-14
Government Finance Officers Association Fall Conference 
San Antonio 

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