As the new legislative session begins on Jan. 8, we will again gather for the Texas Association of Counties Legislative Breakfast at 7:30 a.m. every Tuesday to discuss legislative issues.
During the period following the general election and the beginning of the session, legislators may pre-file bills. These bills are assigned a bill number, but no further action can be scheduled before the session.
Some county-related bills have been pre-filed, including the following:
HJR30 by Rep. Larson: A constitutional amendment to allow county charters and consolidation of cities and counties of 100,000 population or more, and certain adjacent counties.
HJR46 by Rep. Burkett: A constitutional amendment requiring that all county commissioners run for re-election in the election following redistricting of the precincts.
SJR9 by Sen. Nichols: A constitutional amendment to establish a 5 percent appraisal cap on residences.
HB172 by Rep. Larson: Providing for housing county jail inmates in a tent.
HB247 by Rep. Walle: Authorizing noise regulation by certain counties.
HB141 by Rep. Raymond: Relating to certain county subdivision regulations.
HB211 by Rep. Fletcher: Increasing the county warrant fee from $50 to $75.
For more information, please call me at 1-800-733-0699.