Legislative Priorities

Priorities for the City of Lewisville during the 86th Texas Legislature 2019 regular session.
Cities are the level of government that is closest to the people it serves, and therefore are the level of government best able to identify the needs of a community and appropriate means to address those needs. While state government should be a resource for cities, decision-making authority should be placed at the municipal level whenever reasonable.

Lewisville is committed to:
  • Opposing any legislation that would erode local authority over land uses
  • Opposing any legislation that would restrict or hinder a city’s ability to formally annex property located within its ETJ
  • Opposing any legislation that would erode or invalidate a city’s ability to establish and enforce reasonable business regulations
  • Supporting continuation of existing eminent domain authority and related tools used for planning and development of projects serving a valid public purpose
  • Opposing any legislation that would change the current two dates per year on which local elections can be held, unless it is to give cities additional flexibility
  • Preserving municipal authority to manage and maintain public rights-of-way, including the right to seek adequate compensation for their use
  • Maintaining the ability of municipal government to participate in utility rate cases on behalf of their residents
  • Strengthening the ability of cities to regulate placement of pipelines and drilling sites within their municipal boundaries
  • Opposing legislation that would expand or mandate meet-and-confer or collective bargaining for any class of municipal employee
  • Opposing legislation that would expand civil service law for municipal employees
  • Opposing legislation that would further erode local control related to retirement issues for municipal employees
  • Revising or eliminating outdated print advertising mandates for cities
  • Enacting state regulation to prevent exploitative payday and vehicle title lending

Police, fire, and emergency medical care are among the most important services a city provides its residents. Those services often represent the majority of a municipality’s budget. State agencies and resources can be valuable, but should not be applied in such a way as to interfere with local efforts.

Lewisville is committed to:
  • Enacting a statewide prohibition on texting while operating a motor vehicle
  • Providing adequate funding of state law enforcement agencies on public lakes
  • Discontinuing the redirection of dedicated telephone taxes to purposes other than 911 services
  • Opposing efforts to legalize recreational use of marijuana in Texas
  • Opposing any legislation that would subject local police to criminal charges for enforcing federal firearms laws, or subject any city that allows such enforcement to a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general or to punitive reductions in state funding
  • Making it an offense for a person to post on a publicly accessible website the residence address or telephone number of an individual the actor knows is a public servant or a member of a public servant’s family or household
  • Clarifying the authority of municipalities to enact residency restrictions on registered sex offenders
  • Seeking assistance from the state in the form of opt-in programs to help local governments protect electronic data bases from criminal breach, including state funding mechanisms to assist with cybersecurity priorities
  • Opposing proposed state and federal regulations that would increase the maximum size of long-haul trucks on public highways
  • Opposing legislation that would permit first responders other than certified peace officers to carry a firearm while on the job