The 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 in Room E1.004 of the State Capitol in Austin. If you wish to comment on the legislation, the committee is accepting online comments until the hearing adjourns, which will be some time during the day on Thursday, March 25. To comment online, visit https://comments.house.texas.gov/?c=c450.
Alternatively, comments may be emailed to each member of the committee. Comments received after the hearing adjourns will not be part of the official record but can be considered by committee members in determining whether to move this legislation out of committee. Legislation is frequently heard in one meeting but does not receive a final vote until a subsequent hearing.
View letter sent to the committee March 23 from Irving Mayor Rick Stopfer.
Below is a page from the North Texas Commission that addresses the issue, provides some messaging examples and also provides a link to email the Legislature:
Below is a list of members of the House Committee on State Affairs. All committee email addresses are structured as follows: email@example.com
Chair: Rep. Chris PaddieVice Chair Rep. Ana Hernandez
MembersRep. Joe DeshotelRep. Sam HarlessRep. Donna HowardRep. Todd HunterRep. Phil KingRep. Eddie Lucio IIIRep. Will MetcalfRep. Richard Peña RaymondRep. Matt ShaheenRep. Shelby SlawsonRep. John T. Smithee