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Posted on: March 24, 2021

Update: House Bill 749 - Legislation Proposed to Silence Community Input During Legislative Sessions

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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

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:

Chair: Rep. Chris Paddie
Vice Chair Rep. Ana Hernandez

Rep. Joe Deshotel
Rep. Sam Harless
Rep. Donna Howard
Rep. Todd Hunter
Rep. Phil King
Rep. Eddie Lucio III
Rep. Will Metcalf
Rep. Richard Peña Raymond
Rep. Matt Shaheen
Rep. Shelby Slawson
Rep. John T. Smithee