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.

U.S. Congress :: Federal Legislative Agendas

Every year, the City Council adopts a Legislative Agenda. Following is a summary of the agenda for 114th U.S. Congress.

Transportation

    • Provide and expand a seamless regional transit system that includes high speed rail.
    • Re-authorization of MAP-21.
    • Dedicated funding for Handitran operations.
    • Maintain funding for the Airport Improvement Program and the Contract Tower Program.

      

Finance

    • Oppose proposals to cap or eliminate the tax exemption for municipal bonds.
    • Support legislation that would authorize states to collect sales and use taxes from out-of-state remote retailers.

Public Safety

    • Urge the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) to release preliminary and ongoing guidance of the system to include local participation in the development and management of the network and include local officials as they develop their state plans.
    • Support text-to-911 technology national standards and federal funding for the implementation and management of Next Generation (NG) 911 systems.
    • Allow for immediate deployment of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (under 25 lbs.) in coordination with area air traffic control towers without special authorization from the FAA for each flight.
    • Support legislation to educate and provide guidance to the remote control hobbyists on the safe use of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems in public spaces.

Core Local Government Grant Programs

    • Maintain the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) as a single dedicated and distinct program targeted to high-threat Metropolitan areas based on risk analysis.
    • Oppose consolidating Homeland Security grant programs into a single block grant to the states.
    • Increase funding for UASI and ensure the DFWA UA remains a Tier I funding recipient.
    • Funding for the following community development and public safety
        • Community Development Block Grant;
        • HOME Investment Partnerships;
        • Emergency Solutions Grant;
        • Housing Choice Voucher;
        • AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers In Service To America);
        • Public, Educational and Government (PEG) access channels;
        • Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS);
        • Byrne Justice Assistance Grants;
        • Firefighter Assistance Grants; and
        • SAFER Firefighter Hiring Grants.

Telecommunications

    • Preserve local authority in determining the most effective and efficient use of local communications services.
    • Oppose legislation that erodes authority to manage public rights-of-way and collect reasonable compensation for their use.
    • Oppose any federal preemption of City zoning authority with regards to telecommunications facilities.
    • Oppose federal preemption of Texas access line fees.
    • Oppose making the moratorium on Internet taxes permanent.