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Posted on: March 21, 2019

Bill Filing Deadline Comes and Goes and Legislative Committees Ramp up Their Work

In the final three days before last week’s March 8 bill-filing deadline, Texas lawmakers went into their usual bill-filing frenzy. The numbers were up from the 2017 session.

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Posted on: March 8, 2019

A Message from TML President John B. Love III

As your TML President, I am writing to let you know that we’re making a difference in the fight against the harmful 2.5 percent revenue cap bills, S.B. 2 and H.B. 2. City voices are being heard by our friends at the Capitol.

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Posted on: March 4, 2019

Texas Court of Criminal Appeals: Open Meetings Act Criminal Conspiracy Provision Unconstitutional

The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the state’s highest criminal court, has struck down the criminal conspiracy provision in the Texas Open Meetings Act. According to the Court in State of Texas v. Craig Doyal:

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Posted on: March 4, 2019

Revenue Caps: No Longer Divided We Fall

The Senate revenue cap bill, S.B. 2 (key components are summarized in the “Significant Committee Actions” section), was voted out of the new Senate Property Tax Committee this week at a punitively-low 2.5 percent. Every city is now affected by the bill.

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Posted on: February 27, 2019

Revenue Cap Bills: Keep the Pressure On

The Senate revenue cap bill, S.B. 2, is awaiting a Senate vote.  The bill caps city property tax revenue at a punitively low 2.5 percent.   Every city is now affected by the bill.  As it emerged from committee, it is no longer &...

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Posted on: February 27, 2019

TML President-Elect Advocates for Infrastructure in Washington, D.C.

TML President-Elect Eddie Daffern, Mayor of the City of Staples, recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to visit with congressional leaders about federal priorities for cities.  Mayor Daffern joined 19 other state municipal leagues to advocate fo...

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Posted on: February 27, 2019

Make Your Case to the Voters? Sure, if You Like Sitting in Jail…

Supporters of the radical 2.5 percent city and county revenue cap routinely say it’s not a cap because city officials can simply “make their case to the voters” before the rollback election.  Seems reasonable, but it...

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Posted on: February 27, 2019

Unsurprising Hearing on Property Tax Reform

The governor presented his biennial “State of the State” address this week.  Unsurprisingly, he declared property tax reform as an “emergency item,” which means it will be a priority early in the session.

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Posted on: February 27, 2019

Draft House and Senate Education Budgets Could Relieve Pressure on Property Taxes

This week, the Texas House released a draft budget that would put about $7 billion in new state money into public schools.   That’s a significant contrast to the current biennial budget, which reduced spending by $800 million from the p...

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