The Intergovernmental Relations Division is primarily responsible for developing the City’s state and federal legislative agendas, monitoring legislation and activities, and managing the City’s state and federal lobbyists.

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The State Legislature meets for five months every other year.  While in session, City staff works closely with elected state representatives to ensure that the City’s interests are protected and its initiatives are advanced.  In between sessions, the Legislature’s committees study key issues and develop recommendations for legislative changes. Additionally, during this time state agencies create rules related to the legislation which the Legislature has passed.  

As a general policy, the City of Arlington seeks to preserve its current authority to govern the city, its citizens, and its property.

In general, the City will support legislation that:

    • Maintains municipal authority
    • Eliminates or reduces the impact of unfunded mandates
    • Preserves local control over municipal revenue streams
    • Improves public safety

The City will oppose legislation that:

    • Limits the abilities of cities to issue debt
    • Creates revenue caps for local governments
    • Limits economic development tools for local governments
    • Restricts right-of-way rental fees
    • Reduces authority of cities to regulate urban gas well drilling
    • Amends the regulatory takings statute
    • Mandates water conservation measures

The City will form strategic partnerships with cities, political subdivisions, and private sector entities that share common goals with the City of Arlington.