As the end of the legislative session approaches, most major issues remain unresolved, and the possibility of a special session remains. Major differences have emerged between the House and the Senate over the funding for water projects, transportation infrastructure, and education, particularly over the potential use of the Rainy Day Fund. If these issues are not resolved, the governor has indicated that a summer special session will be called.
While working with legislators on county legislation, it has become apparent that our educational efforts are incomplete. Many members, especially first- and second-termers, remain unaware of the limited powers and authority of the commissioners court. In response to proposed legislation requesting local option solutions, they often simply suggest that the commissioners court adopt an ordinance, unaware that we have no general ordinance power. Clearly, we must renew our contacts and communication to improve the current lack of knowledge of county government among our legislators.
When the session closes and the governor has exercised his veto review, we will circulate a summary of the new county-related laws. More detailed discussions will be presented at the regional and state conferences.
For more information, please call me at 1-800-733-0699.