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SAFE-D 2013 Last Monday Webinar - Legislative Update

  1. 1. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Legislative UpdateSAFE-DLast Monday WebinarMarch 25, 2013
  2. 2. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Important Legislative Dates• Session Began Tuesday, January 8, 2013• Approx. 5,500 Bills Filed• Only local bills, emergency appropriations,and bills that have been declared anemergency by the governor can be filednow.
  3. 3. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Important Legislative Dates• Monday, May 6, 2013 (119th day)Last day for House Committees to reportHouse Bills and House Joint Resolutions• Thursday, May 9, 2013 (122nd day)Last day for House to consider SecondReading for House Bills and House JointResolutions on Daily Calendar
  4. 4. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Important Legislative Dates• Friday, May 10, 2013 (123rd day)Last day for House to consider ThirdReading for House Bills and House JointResolutions on Daily Calendar• Friday, May 16, 2013 (130th day)Last day for House to consider Secondand Third Reading for Local House Bills
  5. 5. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Important Legislative Dates• Saturday, May 18, 2013 (131st day)Last day for House Committees to reportSenate Bills and Senate Joint Resolutions• Tuesday, May 21, 2013 (134th day)Last day for House to consider SecondReading for Senate Bills and Senate JointResolutions on Daily Calendar
  6. 6. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Important Legislative Dates• Wednesday, May 22, 2013 (135th day)Last day for House to consider Third Readingfor House Bills and House Joint Resolutionson Daily Calendar and to consider Secondand Third Reading for Local House Bills• Session Ends, Monday, May 27, 2013(140th day)Last day of 83rd Regular Session; correctionsonly in house and senate
  7. 7. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Important Legislative Dates• Sunday, June 16, 2013 (20th day followingfinal adjournment)Last day governor can sign or veto billspassed during the regular legislative session• Monday, August 26, 2013 (91st dayfollowing final adjournment)Date that bills without specific effective dates(that could not be effective immediately)become law
  8. 8. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013SAFE-D Legislative Agenda
  9. 9. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013SAFE-D Legislative Agenda• Seek Tax Cap Relief• Resolve Unappropriated Special Funds• Maintain Education Requirements• Address City Issues– Clarify Sales Tax Sharing Agreements– Oppose Unilateral City Removal• Clarify Ownership of Assets• Audit Exemption for Small ESDs• Clarify TCFP Existing Authority
  10. 10. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013SAFE-D LEGISLATIVE AGENDAFOR 2013• Tax Cap– The Association will take a long-term approach togiving Texans more local control over theirsupport for emergency services.– In the tax-sensitive 2013 Session, the Associationwill removal of the tax capfrom the Constitution, to conform with most otherspecial districts in the state, with accompanyinglegislation that will retain the cap at the 10 centlevel in the statutes (Chapter 775).
  11. 11. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Tax Cap Relief• HJR 149 and HB 3799– Joint Resolution to Amend Art. III, Section 48-e by removing $0.10 cap and enabling Bill toplace $0.10 cap in Chapter 775• Referred to House Way & Means• Hilderbran (C), Otto (VC), Bohac, Button, Eiland,N. Gonzalez, Martinez Fischer, Ritter, Strama
  12. 12. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Tax Cap Relief• HJR 148 and SJR 62– Joint Resolution to Add New Constitutionalprovision to create type of district to provideemergency services without tax cap– Referred to House County Affairs– Referred to Senate Finance• Williams (C), Hinojosa (VC), Duell, Duncan, Eltife,Estes, Hegar, Huffman, Lucio, Nelson, Patrick,Seliger, West, Whitmire and Zaffirini
  13. 13. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013SAFE-D LEGISLATIVE AGENDAFOR 2013• Unappropriated Special Funds– The Association will acoalition of interests pressing the Legislatureto appropriate funds that were placed inspecial accounts from fees raised, i.e. 9-1-1fees from phone bills and rural volunteerfirefighter insurance fees on fireworks sales.• SJR 26 and HJR 89
  14. 14. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Unappropriated Funds• HB 6 by Otto and HB 7 by Darby– Referred to the House AppropriationsSubcommittee on Budget Transparency andReform.– Both bills were heard today for the first timeand will remain pending for a while, especiallyHB 6.– These are the leading dedicated funds bills forthis session.
  15. 15. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Unappropriated Funds• Other bills have been filed by othermembers and we will watch them, but donot anticipate much movement.• There are three critical bills to watch in thefunds dedication reform effort: SB 1(Appropriations), HB 6 and HB 7.
  16. 16. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Unappropriated Funds• HB 6 by Otto– traditional funds consolidation bill, with some newadditions from the reform effort.• Exception #1: caps the amount that the CPA and Legislaturecan use to balance the budget from General RevenueDedicated Accounts at $4.8 billion.– Essentially, this $4.8 billion is the historic amount of unappropriatedbalances that the Legislature has used to certify the budget.• Exception #2: In its current form, this bill will prohibit futurerevenue growth in dedicated accounts from being used tobalance the general budget (because theres a cap)– will move at the end of session so we anticipate majorchanges to the content of the bill by May. Thesechanges are dependent up on SB 1 decisions and HB7 decisions.
  17. 17. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Unappropriated Funds• HB 7 by Darby– Pertains to the 15 largest General RevenueDedicated Accounts (System Benefit Fund andMunicipal Solid Waste Fund, for example)– Focuses on adjusting the revenue side of theequation for GRD accounts.– Industry with specific interest in the large fundsneed to pay very close attention to HB 7.– This bill is very likely to become quite large as thesubject matter is broad and pertains to all GRDaccounts.
  18. 18. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Unappropriated Funds• HB 7 by Darby– Allows use of 9-1-1 Service Fee to be used toassist Volunteer Fire Departments throughTexas Forest Service– Directs Legislative Budget board to look atreducing reliance on these funds for budget– Pending in House Appropriations S/C
  19. 19. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013SAFE-D LEGISLATIVE AGENDAFOR 2013• SB 917 Education Requirements– Effective June 17, 2011, ESD Commissionersmust obtainand may carry forward not morethan three hours from one period to the next.• No activity on this issue to date.
  20. 20. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013SAFE-D LEGISLATIVE AGENDAFOR 2013• City Issues– The Association will legislation that willenable ESDs and municipalities to work outmutually beneficial agreements to share sales taxrevenues as municipalities annex into areaswhere the sales tax is at the state maximum.– The Association will legislation thatallows a city council, on its own motion, towithdraw from an ESD, leaving the citysresidents unprotected and putting the ESDsresidents in a financial vise.
  21. 21. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013City Issues• HB 3763 by Coleman– Lowers threshold for petition to requestservice from City if consent denied in ESDcreation process to 10% from 50% of qualifiedvoters and landowners• Referred to House County Affairs
  22. 22. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013City Issues• HB 3159 by Isaac– Provides that and ESD and a city may agree tosales tax sharing arrangement upon annexationof territory by city– Provides that if an ESD and a city cannot reachagreement, sales tax of both is reduced by 50%of the amount the combined sales tax wouldexceed 2%• Referred to House Ways and Means• No hearing set yet
  23. 23. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013City Issues• No legislation to date relating to CityRemoval• But legislation has been filed regardingconsent by City in ESD AnnexationProcess• HB 1798 by Goldman– Requires City Consent to Annex Territory• Referred to House County Affairs• No hearing set yet
  24. 24. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013SAFE-D LEGISLATIVE AGENDAFOR 2013• Other Issues– The Association will legislation toclarify ownership of assets purchased withtaxpayer funds.– HB 3798 by Coleman, Relating toexpenditures by emergency services Districts.• Addresses process for disbursing funds, and• Ownership of assets purchased with ESD funds• Referred to House County Affairs
  25. 25. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013SAFE-D LEGISLATIVE AGENDAFOR 2013• Other Issues (cont.)– The Association will legislationto exempt smaller ESDs (with annual revenues ofless than $100,000) from audit requirements.– HB 3764 by Coleman, relating to auditrequirements of certain emergency servicesdistricts• provides alternative financial reporting requirement forESDs with less than $250,000 in revenue or funds onhand.• Referred to House County Affairs
  26. 26. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013SAFE-D LEGISLATIVE AGENDAFOR 2013• Other Issues (cont.)– The Association will continue to andparticipate in discussions regarding theTCFPs attempts to expand its authority overvolunteer fire personnel.– In any legislation dealing with the TCFP, theAssociation will amendment of theCommission selection criteria to require aSAFE-D-nominated representative.
  27. 27. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013TCFP Legislation• Appropriations Bills (HB 1 and SB1)propose moving TCFP functions toDepartment of Insurance– If TCFP functions not moved, then only$150,000 per year appropriated to TCFP– HB 3660 by Simmons proposes to transferTCFP to Department of Insurance
  28. 28. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013TCFP Legislation• HB 2971 by Alonzo– Provides authority for Commission on FireProtection to regulate wildland fire fighters.• SB 766 by Hegar– Prohibits a requirement that a volunteerfirefighter obtain a license or certification• Referred to Senate Intergovernmental Relations
  29. 29. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Other Legislation
  30. 30. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Legislation AffectingChapter 775• HB 685, by Marquez, and SB 332, byRodriguez,– Imposes extensive oversight of El PasoCounty ESD operations by CountyCommissioners Court• Voted but Pending Report in House County Affairs• Hearing Scheduled for March 27 in SenateIntergovernmental Relations
  31. 31. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Legislation AffectingChapter 775• HB 272 by Larson– Amends notice publication requirements forESDs• Pending in House County Affairs• HB 3257 by Schaffer– Provides for election of ESD Commissionersin Smith County• Referred to House Elections• Morrison (C), Miles (VC), Johnson, Klick, R. Miller,Simmons and Wu
  32. 32. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Legislation AffectingChapter 775• HB 2171 By Rodriguez– Clarifies that a city is not required to removeterritory from an ESD upon annexation– Referred to House County Affairs• HB 2170 By Rodriguez (Amends Local Gov’tCode Chapter 43)– Clarifies that a city may provide for fire service inan annexation plan using an ESD– Referred to House County Affairs
  33. 33. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Legislation AffectingChapter 775• SB 1425 by Hinojosa– Clarifies services that may be provided by aformer RFPD• Referred to Senate Intergovernmental Relations• HB 3510 by Ritter• SB 1265 by Nichols– Provides for election of Orange County ESDBoards• Referred to House County Affairs• Referred to Senate Intergovernmental Relations
  34. 34. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Legislation AffectingFire Issues• HB 2517 by Springer– Authorizes County to require notification ofFire Department of Outdoor Burning• Needs to be amended to include ESD in definitionof Fire Department• Referred to House County Affairs
  35. 35. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Legislation AffectingEMS Issues• HB 521 by Kuempel– Authorizes direct payment of insurance benefitsto EMS providers• HB 1960 by Cortez– Provides reciprocity for individual with EMTcertifications from US Military• SB 8 by Nelson– Requires EMS Provider to employ a medicaldirector
  36. 36. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Legislation AffectingEMS Issues• HB 1342 by Raymond– Adds requirement for certificate of local needfrom County and/or cities to obtain EMS ProviderLicense– CS Exempts ESDs from this requirement• Hearing Set for March 28 in House Public Health at8am• HB 1656 by Eiland– Establishes dedicated account for emergencymedical air transportation funding forreimbursement to providers
  37. 37. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Legislation AffectingOpen Government• HB 2414 by Button– Expands applicability of video conferencing for openmeetings• SB 1297 by Watson– Provides exemption for certain online messagepostings by board members from open meetings actrequirements– Heard today in Senate Open Government• HB 2934 by Hunter– Creates an offense for electronic communications byboard members during an open meeting
  38. 38. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Open Government• HB 14 by Pitts• SB 14 by Williams– Requires preparation of annual financial report forall political subdivisions– Requires special districts to conduct acomprehensive review every three years todetermine whether they should continue inexistence• Pending in House Appropriations• Pending in Senate Finance
  39. 39. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Legislation Relatedto Taxes• SB 489 and SJR 32 by Paxton– Allows Petition and Election to force Over 65Exemption• SB 102 by Patrick– Reduces Rollback Rate to 5% and requireselection to exceed that rate
  40. 40. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013House Committeeon County Affairs• Current Members– Garnet Coleman,Chairman• Southeast Houston– Joe Farias, Vice-Chair• Bexar County– Mary Gonzalez,• El Paso County– Ana Hernandez Luna• Harris County– Todd Hunter• Nueces County– Lois Kolkhorst• Austin, Burleson,Colorado, Fayett,Grimes, Lavaca andWashington Counties– Matt Krause• Tarrant County– David Simpson• Gregg, Upshur Counties– Jonathan Strickland• Tarrant County
  41. 41. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Senate IntergovernmentalRelations• “Chuy” Hinojosa,Chairman– Brooks, Hidalgo, Jim Wellsand Nueces Counties• Robert Nichols, ViceChair– Smith (part),Henderson,Anderson, Cherokee,Nacogdoches, Shelby,Angelina, San Augustine,Sabine, Montgomery (part),San Jacinto, Polk, Tyler,Jasper, Newton and HardinCounties• Ken Paxton– Collin and Dallas County• Larry Taylor– Brazoria, Galveston andHarris Counties• Sylvia Garcia– Harris County
  42. 42. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013Questions?
  43. 43. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013• http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/
  44. 44. 2705 Bee Cave Road, Suite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901www.carltonlawaustin.com©2013John J. CarltonThe Carlton Law Firm, P.L.L.C.2705 Bee Cave RoadSuite 200Austin, Texas 78746(512) 614-0901 (w)(512) 785-8355 (m)john@carltonlawaustin.com

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