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.

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  1. State Legislation Removes City’s Ability to Set Standards for Building Materials, Lot Sizes

    The Texas Legislature stepped on the city’s ability to oversee property development standards, once again removing local control and negatively impacting quality of life standards for the community. Read on...
  2. State Seeks to Restrict Cities’ Ability to Regulate Short-Term Rentals

    Beginning in the 85th Legislative Session (2017), bills have been filed every session that would restrict or eliminate regulations a city could adopt to manage short-term rental homes in residential neighborhoods. Read on...
  3. Local Control Legislation Passed, Threatens City’s Ability to Support Community Interests

    A broad sweeping bill was passed by the Texas Legislature this year that not only erodes local control but could result in frivolous lawsuits against the city. Read on...
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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.

The Irving City Council adopted its priorities for the 88th Texas Legislative Session (2023) on Nov. 10, 2022. The program guides city elected officials, staff and consultants to determine what positions the city should take as legislation is filed. 

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.

Legislative Issue: Apartment Inspections

A pair of recently proposed bills threaten the City of Irving's ability to continue its apartment inspection program and maintain acceptable quality-of-living standards for Irving renters. 

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  1. City of Irving
    Office of Legislative Affairs


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    City Hall
    825 W. Irving Blvd.
    Irving, TX 75060