Irving Legislative Insider
The City of Irving’s Legislative Insider program seeks to empower the city to make local decisions that protect the health, safety, and welfare of its residents. Actively monitoring federal and state legislation ensures the city can advocate, respond and/or oppose measures that might diminish the city’s ability to function effectively or erode its authority to govern over its own local affairs in the best interest of residents, businesses and visitors. During the 2019 Texas legislative session, out of the over 7,500 bills introduced, more than 2,000 pieces of legislation filed affected cities in some way.
Legislative Affairs Office
The City of Irving’s Legislative Affairs office advocates, coordinates and advances the city’s legislative agenda to enhance Irving’s ability to govern and provide essential municipal and community services. The purpose of the program is to ensure the city’s interests are protected and enhanced through active involvement in the legislative process and strong intergovernmental relationships. Irving engages legislators and agency representatives at all levels, and does so with the assistance of legislative consultants. The city’s legislative efforts include providing written responses and in-person testimony to the state legislature by City Council members and city staff on issues important to the community.
On Dec. 10, 2020, Irving City Council approved the 2021 State Legislative Program for the City of Irving. The city’s legislative program priorities were identified through input from city staff, legislative consultants, other professional organizations and input provided by the City Council. Adoption of a legislative program identifies issues that are important to the city and establishes a unified voice for Irving on the legislative needs of the community. The legislative items are not presented in priority order and the City Council may modify or amend its legislative agenda at any time to address items as they arise.
The House Committee on Urban Affairs heard testimony March 31 on HB 754, which would reduce by 90 percent the revenue available to the City of Irving for its apartment inspection program. Read on...
Update: House Bill 749 - Legislation Proposed to Silence Community Input During Legislative SessionsThe Texas House Committee on State Affairs has posted HB 749 - Relating to a prohibition on local government to hire outside consultants to communicate with the legislature – for a public hearing 8 a.m. Thursday, March 25 . Read on...
Texas Legislature members of the House and Senate have refiled bills prohibiting local governments and school districts from advocating for community interests, from hiring consultants to represent them and from joining organizations that hire lobbyists. Read on...