In 1994, the Texas Municipal League published a comprehensive book (authored by Terrell Blodgett) on Texas home rule charters. That year, Texas had 291 home rule cities. Since then, the book has been an invaluable guide to city officials who considered the adoption of home rule status or worked through charter amendments.
The second edition of the book, released in 2010, builds upon Mr. Blodgett's outstanding material, including many updated charts that include data from a 2007 survey performed by the League.
The updated book provides a comprehensive review of the origin, evolution, current status, and analyses regarding the 351 home rule charters in the state at the time. In addition to tracing the historical development of charters, the book offers an overview of the application and impact of state and federal laws on writing and amending charters.
Hardcopy: $15 to Texas Municipal League members
Hardcopy: $30 all others (non-members)
Downloadable PDF (5 MB): $15 to Texas Municipal League members
Downloadable PDF (5 MB): $30 to all others (non-members)
Those who choose the downloadable PDF format should expect to receive an email within two business days that contains a link to the PDF.