Legal Questions & Answers (Q&A)

Please be advised that the information found on this website does not constitute legal advice and is posted for informational purposes only. Every city official should consult with local legal counsel to ensure that any information complies with current law and the particular facts of each situation. Legal interpretations change due to many factors, including legislation, judicial decisions, and others.

Please note the date of the Questions and Answers (Q&As) your are reviewing, as older Q&As are not updated to reflect changes in law.

Legal Q&As by Topic, Year & Month

  1. Annexation - 2018-01 (PDF)
  2. Assessments - 2015-11 (PDF)
  3. Attorney General Opinions - 2012-01 (PDF)
  4. Bidding - 2005-03 (PDF)
  5. Bidding - 2007-04 (PDF)
  6. Bidding - Procedures - Purchasing Cheat Sheet - 2017-01 (PDF)
  7. Bidding - Real Property - 2013-09 (PDF)
  8. Bribery - 2007-01 (PDF)
  9. Bribery - Exceptions - 2007-01 (PDF)
  10. Bribery - Unsolicited Gifts - 2007-01 (PDF)
  11. Budget - 2019-03 (PDF)
  12. Building Codes - 2004-10 (PDF)
  13. Building Codes - 2006-04 (PDF)
  14. Building Codes - 2009-04 (PDF)
  15. Building Codes - 2011-12 (PDF)
  16. Building Codes - 2014-07 (PDF)
  17. Building Codes - 2014-08 (PDF)
  18. Cemeteries - 2016-08 (PDF)
  19. Cities - Creation Of - 2005-09 (PDF)
  20. Cities - Debt - 2018-02 (PDF)
  21. Cities - Depositories - 2014-11 (PDF)
  22. Cities - Different Types - 2005-09 (PDF)
  23. City Council - Candidacy - 2006-03 (PDF)
  24. City Council - Compensation - 2014-04 (PDF)
  25. City Council - Eligibility - 2019-07 (PDF)
  26. City Council - FMLA - 2005-10 (PDF)
  27. City Council - Legislative Prayer - 2018-11 (PDF)
  28. City Council - Mayoral Authority - 2006-08 (PDF)
  29. City Council - Mayoral Authority - 2011-06 (PDF)
  30. City Council - Miscellaneous - 2004-06 (PDF)
  31. City Council - Miscellaneous - 2004-12 (PDF)
  32. City Council - Miscellaneous - 2005-07 (PDF)
  33. City Council - Open Meetings Act - 2004-04 (PDF)
  34. City Council - Quorum and Voting - 2007-02 (PDF)
  35. City Council - Recall - Home Rule - 2010-05 (PDF)
  36. City Council - Removal - General Law - 2007-06 (PDF)
  37. City Council - Resignation - 2017-05 (PDF)
  38. City Council - Resign-to-Run - 2014-03 (PDF)
  39. City Council - Vacancies - 2005-01 (PDF)
  40. City Council - Vacancies - 2007-02 (PDF)
  41. City Council - Vacancies - 2017-05 (PDF)
  42. Cybersecurity - 2019-02 (PDF)
  43. Donations to City - 2015-07 (PDF)
  44. Dual Office Holding - 2018-04 (PDF)
  45. Eight Liners - 2016-12 (PDF)
  46. Electricity - 2011-04 (PDF)
  47. Emergency Management - 2008-02 (PDF)
  48. Emergency Services Districts - 2015-03 (PDF)
  49. Emergency Vehicles - 2017-02 (PDF)
  50. ETJ - September 2019 update to 2019-05 (PDF)
  51. Felony Forfeiture Funds - 2009-08 (PDF)
  52. Gifts - 2019-04 (PDF)
  53. Golf Carts - 2017-07 (PDF)
  54. Governmental Entity Pooling - 2017-04 (PDF)
  55. Holiday Gifts and Bonuses - 2018-12 (PDF)
  56. Homelessness - 2016-06 (PDF)
  57. Hotel Occupancy Taxes - 2016-04 (PDF)
  58. Junked Vehicles - 2017-07 (PDF)
  59. Libraries - 2017-11 (PDF)
  60. Municipal Courts - 2011-03 (PDF)
  61. Municipal Courts - 2013-04 (PDF)
  62. Municipal Courts - Court Records - 2016-09 (PDF)
  63. Nepotism - 2017-03 (PDF)
  64. Newspapers - 2013-11 (PDF)
  65. Oath of Office - 2010-09 (PDF)
  66. Peddlers and Solicitors - 2007-07 (PDF)
  67. Peddlers and Solicitors - 2009-06 (PDF)
  68. Peddlers and Solicitors - 2010-06 (PDF)
  69. Property Tax - 2014-09 (PDF)
  70. Public Funds Investment Act - 2009-10 (PDF)
  71. Purchasing - 2015-02 (PDF)
  72. Raffles and Sweepstakes - 2017-06 (PDF)
  73. Records Management - 2019 Updates to 2014-02 (PDF)
  74. Sale of Personal Property - 2012-06 (PDF)
  75. Sale of Real Property - 2013-09 (PDF)
  76. Sales Tax - 2013-12 (PDF)
  77. Sales Tax - 2016-03 (PDF)
  78. School Districts - Development - 2013-02 (PDF)
  79. Sex Offenders - 2017-09 (PDF)
  80. Sign Regulation - 2015-08 (PDF)
  81. Solid Waste - 2011-02 (PDF)
  82. Street Speed Limits - 2015-05 (PDF)
  83. Substandard Building - 2012-03 (PDF)
  84. Texas Municipal League Legal Services Department - 2019-01 (PDF)
  85. Tourism - 2015-04 (PDF)
  86. Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) - 2018-02 (PDF)
  87. Utilities - Delinquency - 2018-05 (PDF)
  88. Venue Taxes - 2015-06 (PDF)
  89. Weeds - 2008-09 (PDF)
  90. Zoning - 2019-06 (PDF)