Category Archives: General Government

Proposed constitutional amendments to go before voters

Voters will consider seven propositions to amend the Texas Constitution in the Nov. 7 election. The propositions were approved for the ballot by the 85th Legislature earlier this year. Among the issues to be considered by voters are proposals to: provide a homestead exemption … Continue reading

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Local governments to identify cost of public notices

Under a new Texas law, political subdivisions other than junior college districts will have to include a line item in their budgets showing how much they spend on notices they are required by law to publish in a newspaper. SB 622 … Continue reading

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ERS trustees approve health plan option for state employees

The board of trustees for the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) has approved a new optional health plan for state employees, as directed by HB 966 by Crownover, enacted in 2015 by the 84th Legislature. The consumer-directed health plan combines high-deductible … Continue reading

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States revise laws to address ‘ballot selfies’ in voting booths

In response to the prevalence of cellphone use, several states have enacted legislation to address use of the devices in polling places, including voters taking and sharing photos of themselves with their marked ballots (“ballot selfies”). Legislative changes and recent court orders … Continue reading

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Committee hears testimony on public information requests

The amount of time local governments spend responding to requests for information under the state’s Public Information Act (PIA) was on the agenda at a recent hearing of the House Government Efficiency and Reform Committee. The committee heard testimony on whether a public entity … Continue reading

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