2017 Legislative Agenda

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The 85th Texas Legislature convened in January and is expected to consider legislation on a wide range of issues with a direct impact on municipal government in general and on Lewisville in particular.

Lewisville City Council adopted its 2017 Legislative Agenda on Jan. 9, setting the city’s priorities and key issues for the legislative session.

There are three specific pieces of legislation the city will actively pursue during the 2017 session. All three are described in greater detail on the Local Legislation page.

Other legislative priorities are divided into six main categories: Local Authority, Local Revenue, Parks Funding, Public Safety, Transportation, and Water. The common theme to all six categories is Lewisville’s belief that cities are the level of government most connected to, and thus most accountable to, the people they serve; as a result, the state should recognize and preserve local authority and support cities in their mission of providing quality local services to all Texans.

Within each broad Legislative Agenda topic, there is a list giving the city’s position on multiple sub-topics, some of them very specific to legislation filed in this session or in previous sessions. Because the legislative priorities are represented by six main topics, there is flexibility to allow emerging legislative issues to be addressed through one or more of those topics.

Updates will be posted here throughout the 2017 legislative session, including all correspondence or committee testimony submitted by City officials related to bills or legislative issues.

Legislative Item
Date
Letter to Congressman Michael C. Burgess from Mayor Durham in Support for Maintaining Tax-Exempt Status of Municipal Bonds
2/23/17
   
Denton County Days Follow Up letter from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Joe Pickett  3/7/17
Denton County Days Follow Up letter from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Joe Strauss  3/7/17 
Denton County Days Follow Up letter from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Ron Simmons  3/7/17 
   
Support for S.B. 735 (Public Utilities Commission review of electric rates) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Senator Don Huffines 3/7/17 
Support for S.B. 735 (Public Utilities Commission review of electric rates) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Senator Jane Nelson 3/7/17 
Support for S.B. 735 (Public Utilities Commission review of electric rates) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Senator Kelly Hancock 3/7/17 
   
Support for S. B. 947 (Recreational uses in utility easements) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Senator Jane Nelson 3/7/17 
Support for S. B. 947 (Recreational uses in utility easements) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Senator Kelly Hancock 3/7/17 
Support for S. B. 947 (Recreational uses in utility easements) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Senator Lois Kolkhorst 3/7/17 
   
Testimony against SB 2 (local government revenue caps) by Mayor Pro Tem TJ Gilmore before the Senate Finance Committee  3/14/17
Testimony against SB 2 (local government revenue caps) by Police Chief Russ Kerbow before the Senate Finance Committee  3/14/17
Testimony against SB 2 (local government revenue caps) by Fire Chief Tim Tittle before the Senate Finance Committee  3/14/17
   
Support for H.B. 3724 (Recreational uses in utility easements) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Ron Simmons
4/4/17
Support for H.B. 3724 (Recreational uses in utility easements) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Tan Parker
4/4/17
   
Opposition to H.B. 424 (Eliminating use of Strategic Partnership Agreements by cities) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Abel Herrero
4/4/17
Opposition to H.B. 424 (Eliminating use of Strategic Partnership Agreements by cities) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Tan Parker
4/4/17
Opposition to H.B. 424 (Eliminating use of Strategic Partnership Agreements by cities) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Ron Simmons
4/4/17
   
Letter to Congressman Michael C. Burgess from Mayor Rudy Durham in support for maintaining or increasing federal CDBG funding
4/10/17
Letter to Senator Susan Collins from Mayor Rudy Durham in support for maintaining or increasing federal CDBG funding   4/10/17
Letter to Senator Jack Reed from Mayor Rudy Durham in support for maintaining or increasing federal CDBG funding  4/10/17
   
Opposition to H.B. 56 (Allowing handguns for non-police first responders) from Chief Kerbow and Chief Tittle to Representative Tan Parker 4/11/17
Opposition to H.B. 56 (Allowing handguns for non-police first responders) from Chief Kerbow and Chief Tittle to Representative Ron Simmons
4/11/17
   
Support for H.B. 640 (Giving cities authority over placement and density of certain halfway houses) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Tan Parker 4/13/17
Support for H.B. 640 (Giving cities authority over placement and density of certain halfway houses) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Larry Phillips
4/13/17
Support for H.B. 640 (Giving cities authority over placement and density of certain halfway houses) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Ron Simmons
4/13/17
   
Opposition for SB 1004 (Maintaining city regulatory authority in public rights-of-way) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Tan Parker 4/13/17
Opposition for SB 1004 (Maintaining city regulatory authority in public rights-of-way) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Ron Simmons
4/13/17
   
Testimony in support of H.B. 1853 (adding Lewisville to cities eligible for state rebate on qualifying hotel projects) by Mayor Rudy Durham before the House Ways & Means Committee 4.19.17
   
Support for H.B. 1530 (allowing legal notices to be published online only) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Ron Simmons
4.21.17
Support for H.B. 1530 (allowing legal notices to be published online only) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Tan Parker
4.21.17
Support for H.B. 1530 (allowing legal notices to be published online only) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Gary Elkins
4.21.17
Support for H.B. 1530 (allowing legal notices to be published online only) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Giovanni Capriglione
4.21.17
Support for H.B. 1530 (allowing legal notices to be published online only) from Mayor Rudy Durham to members of the Government Transparency Committee
4.21.17
   
Opposition for SB 1004 (Maintaining city regulatory authority in public rights-of-way) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Representative Tan Parker 5.17.17
   
Opposition to SB 18 (Arbitrary cap on city spending) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Sen. Jane Nelson 7.21.17
Opposition to SB 18 (Arbitrary cap on city spending) from Mayor Rudy Durham to Sen. Craig Estes  7.21.17

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