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Counties on Board for Unfunded Mandates Resolutions

Solomons rounding up co-sponsors

By Elna Christopher
Director of Media Relations

More than 36 counties swiftly passed resolutions in support of HJR 56 by Rep. Burt Solomons (R-Carrollton) during the very first week that commissioners courts met after Solomons filed the constitutional amendment to prohibit unfunded mandates.

Please be advised that if your commissioners court does not meet until February, passage of a resolution next month still will be timely. We are gunning for 254 resolutions in support of HJR 56!

Once passed, please either fax a copy to Elna Christopher at (512) 478-3573 or e-mail . Thanks to the 36 counties that have already done so.

On Jan. 27, Sen. John Carona (R-Dallas) filed the Senate version of Solomons’ constitutional amendment, SJR 17.

Solomons is busy obtaining House co-sponsors of his constitutional amendment. As of Thursday, Jan. 27, he already had 13 co-sponsors. They are:

  • Rep. Rodney Anderson, R-Dallas;
  • Rep. Dennis Bonnen, R-Angleton;
  • Rep. Pete Gallego, D-Alpine;
  • Rep. Rick Hardcastle, R-Vernon;
  • Rep. Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving;
  • Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin;
  • Rep. Jim Jackson, R-Carrollton;
  • Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio;
  • Rep. Jose Lozano, D-Kingsville;
  • Rep. Jerry Madden, R-Plano;
  • Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington;
  • Rep. Ralph Sheffield, R-Temple; and
  • Rep. Todd Smith, R-Bedford.
  • If your representative is not on the co-sponsor list, please join Solomons in asking your member to sign on.

    HJR 56 would make the state either pay for unfunded mandates or absolve certain local governments, including counties, from carrying them out if the state does not provide appropriated funds or reimbursements. If passed by the Legislature, the amendment would be on the ballot in November of this year and, if voters approved it, take effect Jan. 1, 2012.

    TAC will send additional updates on this extremely important legislation as it moves forward.