Every year, the City Council adopts a Legislative Agenda. Following is a summary of the agenda for the 84th Texas State Legislature.
- Provide and expand a seamless regional transit system that includes High Speed Rail.
- Increased funding, funding options, and authorization of the collection of municipal sales and use taxes for street maintenance.
- Continued maintenance of the current Texas Municipal Retirement System.
Event Trust Fund & Event Trust
- Continued maintenance of the Major Event Trust and the Event Trust Fund.
Travel & Tourism
- Continued maintenance of the uniform school start date.
- Continued funding of the Governor’s Division of Economic Development and Tourism.
- Authorization for sobriety checkpoints and ignition interlock installation for first offenders.
- Guidance for remote control hobbyists on the safe use of small unmanned aircraft systems in public spaces.
- Expand the list of prohibited substances to combat synthetic drugs.
- Assist cities with the costs for equipment and processing of digital media evidence (related to the Michael Morton Act).
- Amend the offenses of obstruction or retaliation to increase penalties against a person that intentionally posts personal information about a public servant or their family on a website or social media.
- While the City supports the State Water Plan, it opposes legislation that seeks to implement a state tax, fee or surcharge on residential or commercial water utility bills.
- Providing additional state funding to fully fund the State Water Plan.
- Funding for shared digital content (including Texshare, K-12 databases and other e-content).
- Full funding to the Texas Recreation and Parks Accounts and Large County and Municipality Recreation and Parks Account (both known as the “Local Park Grant Program”).
- Continuation of existing funding streams to help the State combat its homelessness problem.
Supporting Quality Education
- Preservation of HB 5 provisions and relief from unfunded mandates for Texas public schools.
- Funding for community and technical college instruction, the Skills Development Fund, the Texas Competitive Knowledge Fund, the Research University Development Fund and the Texas Research Incentive Program.
- Authorizing UT Arlington’s request for tuition revenue bonds.
- Amend current state law to allow Arlington the option to create a Tourism Public Improvement District.
- Amend current state law to allow the Viridian Municipal Management District’s Board of Directors to be appointed by the City Council.