May 09, 2014, Number 15

.pdf Version: TML Legislative Update Number 15 


On May 5, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in Town of Greece v. Galloway.  The Court ruled that opening prayers at city council meetings do not violate the First Amendment's Establishment Clause, even if they routinely stress Christianity...

Newly Elected Officials' Orientations 

Serving as a city official can be the most rewarding and satisfying of all areas of public service. It can also be the most challenging. Recognizing these challenges, the Texas Municipal League and Association of Mayors, Councilmembers and Commissioners designed a one-of-a-kind training opportunity specifically for newly elected city officials.


From better understanding your financial oversight responsibilities, to learning more about interacting with the media, to gaining a perspective on key local government issues, this orientation will give you a solid foundation for beginning or continuing your public service role.


July 24-25 in Bastrop, or August 15-16 in Irving, for this valuable learning experience and chance to network with your colleagues from across the state.


Register early.


As an elected or appointed city official, you need the media on your side. Whether it's print, radio, broadcast, or social, the media can help you tell your story, reach your target audience, and raise awareness and support for key initiatives.  


In this one-hour webinar, Reyne Telles, Communications Director for Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell, and Alicia Dean, Senior Public Relations Specialist for the City of Austin, will share practical tips for effective media relationships. They'll discuss:

  • Your role with the media
  • What makes a story newsworthy
  • How to prepare for a successful media interview

Thursday, July 10, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $65 per computer connection

Learn more and register


Every day, Texas cities implement innovative solutions to local challenges that result in improved services, taxpayer cost savings, and strengthened community pride. The Texas Municipal League Municipal Excellence Awards have honored the best of these programs for nearly 20 years.  Join the list of cities that have won awards, or add another trophy to your display box, by submitting an application. The 2014 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.


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South Padre Island
Jun 19
Region 3
Jun 19
Lakeside City 
Jul 17
Region 2
Aug 8
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Region 3
Sep 30
Region 7 
May 14-16
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Jun 6
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South Padre Island
Jun 18-20
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Jun 26-29
Texas City Management Association Annual Conference
Jul 10
Best Practices for Working with the Media
Jul 11
TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
Laguna Vista 
Jul 17-18
TML Leadership Academy: Course 2 - Citizen Engagement and Collaboration
Jul 24-25
TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
Jul 31-
Aug 1
Aug 7-8
Ethics for Public Officials: Laws, Liability, and Learning to Govern Ethically
Aug 15-16
TML Newly Elected City Officials' Orientation
Las Colinas 
Aug 21-22
TML Leadership Academy: Course 3 - Leading into the Future
Aug 29
TML Small Cities' Problem-Solving Clinic
Sep 30 - Oct 3
TML Annual Conference and Exhibition

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Austin, Texas 78754
Phone: 512-231-7400
Fax: 512-231-7495


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