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Secretary of State Provides Guidance on Senate Bill 1

February 24, 2022| Legislative News

The Texas Secretary of State's office has provided guidance to county election officials in the implementation of the voting changes included in Senate Bill 1. The advisories address emergency ballot procedures, changes to early voting and mail-in ballot applications, among other topics.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1.5 Billion in RAISE Grants

February 24, 2022| Legislative News

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is accepting applications through April 14 for projects under the $1.5 billion in RAISE discretionary grants, which were created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Broadband Development Office Schedules Stops on Statewide Listening Tour

February 24, 2022| Legislative News

The Texas Broadband Development Office (BDO), which is tasked with developing the state’s first comprehensive broadband plan to help close the digital divide in Texas, has announced the first stop on a planned listening tour across the state.

2022 TAC Salary Survey Off to a Good Start

February 24, 2022| Legislative News

More than 90 counties have already replied to our annual TAC Salary Survey, making for a very good start to the year.

Listen to TAC's 'Texas County Voice' Podcast

February 24, 2022| Legislative News

The Texas Association of Counties launched its first podcast, "Texas County Voice," in January to highlight the people and issues important to Texas counties.

D.C. Watch

February 24, 2022| Legislative News

Infrastructure, broadband and ARPA among top issues at NACo’s Legislative Conference

Final State Budget for the 2022-23 Biennium Tops $251.5 billion

February 24, 2022| Legislative News

Earlier this month, the Texas Legislative Budget Board released final state budget totals for the biennium that began Sept. 1.

Selected Grant Opportunities for Texas Counties

February 24, 2022| Legislative News

Many state and federal grants are available to Texas counties.

AG Opinions and Requests

February 24, 2022| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent attorney general opinions and requests for opinions of interest to counties.

What We're Reading

February 24, 2022| Legislative News

Here's a look at some of the Texas stories media outlets have covered recently.

U.S. Department of Transportation Announces $1.5 Billion in RAISE Grants

February 18, 2022| Legislative News

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is accepting applications through April 14 for projects under the $1.5 billion in RAISE discretionary grants, which were created under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Registration Open for TAC Legislative Conference

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

Registration for the Texas Association of Counties' 2022 Legislative Conference, set for Aug. 24-26 in Austin, is now open.

TAC Debuts 'Texas County Voice' Podcast

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

The Texas Association of Counties has joined the world of podcasting, launching "Texas County Voice" this month to highlight the people and issues important to Texas counties.

New Reporting Deadline Approaches for Counties With Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

Counties are accustomed to providing the Office of the Comptroller of Public Accounts with annual data on local ad valorem tax collections and indigent health care costs.

Texas Bond Review Board: Counties hold 5.8% of total local debt

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

The Texas population boom continues and local governments are building the infrastructure required for sustainable economic and community development.

Primary Elections Fast Approach

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

Millions of dollars in political advertisements canvas Texas’ highway billboards and fill our airwaves and mailboxes, heralding the biennial return of a sport as competitive as any: campaign season.

2022 TAC Salary Survey Started

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

We mailed survey forms for the 2022 TAC Salary Survey to all 254 counties this month.

U.S. Treasury Issues Final ARPA Rules

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

On Jan. 6, the U.S. Department of the Treasury released the final rules for the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, which also cover the $65.1 billion in federal funds sent to counties nationwide under the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).

D.C. Watch

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

TAC's federal outreach team attended a NACo forum this month to discuss shared legislative priorities with TAC's peers.

Broadband Development Office Planning Statewide Listening Tour

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

The Texas Broadband Development Office (BDO) is recommending counties begin to assess the broadband needs of their community.

County officials discuss mass gathering permits at meeting of concert safety task force

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

On Jan. 6, Gov. Greg Abbott’s Texas Task Force on Concert Safety convened for the fifth time, at the Alamodome in San Antonio.

AG Opinions and Requests

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

TAC has highlighted recent attorney general opinions and requests for opinions of interest to counties.

What We're Reading

January 27, 2022| Legislative News

Here's a look at some of the Texas stories media outlets have covered recently.

Legislation Effective Jan. 1

December 10, 2021| Legislative News

All legislation includes a clause stipulating when the law will take effect. The bills described below take effect Jan. 1. More information on these bills and others can be found in TAC’s 2021 Legislative Analysis Report.

Flood of Incumbents Announce They Will Not Seek Reelection

December 10, 2021| Legislative News

The third and fourth longest-serving members of the Texas Senate, the chair of the powerful House State Affairs Committee, the architects of 2019’s lauded public education reform, a 30-year veteran of the Texas House: What do these lawmakers share in common? None of them will be back when the Legislature reconvenes 13 months from now.


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