After every decennial census, the Legislature attempts to reconcile population bracket statutes. This process includes the introduction of a bill, or bills, intended to address the shifting of population numbers and an analysis of those bills to ensure that the population brackets still apply to an intended county or counties.
The first of these adjustment bills introduced during the 82nd Texas Legislature is SB 1246, by Sen. Kevin Eltife (R-Tyler). SB 1246 primarily addresses bracket groups that include five or fewer counties. SB 1246 also focuses, generally, on the larger, urban counties and the associated statutorily encompassing populations. SB 1246 is the first bill of this type and more are expected in the near future.
The TAC County Information Project and Legislative Department produced an analytical table of SB 1246 which indicates the applicable section of the bill, the counties indicated by the brackets, the new population numbers, the relevant statute being amended and a description of sections actions.
If you have any questions or comments regarding the bill analysis, please contact TAC legislative staff Bruce Barr at or Nanette Forbes at or (800) 456-5974.