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UPDATE ON HJR 56: More Work Needed by County Officials

Contact Your Representative Now if He or She is Not a Co-Author

By Elna Christopher
Director of Media Relations

There are now 80 House members signed on to support HJR 56, Rep. Burt Solomons’ anti-unfunded mandate constitutional amendment (as of 4 p.m. Friday, March 11).

Because HJR 56 is a constitutional amendment, it requires 100 votes to pass the House, so we are 20 short of a sure thing to get it to the floor and passed.

We ask that you look at this list of house members who have NOT signed on and see if your representative’s name is on it.

If so, please contact your representative ASAP and request that he or she sign on as a co-author of this bi-partisan resolution.

As usual, time is of the essence in contacting your reps to become co-authors. Momentum for HJR 56 is building in the House; we cannot afford to lose steam now.

“It’s the right time to do it!” Solomons said.

The March 9 public hearing on HJR 56 was very successful, with supportive testimony by the Texas Association of Counties (TAC), the County Judges and Commissioners Association of Texas (CJCAT), the Texas Conference of Urban Counties (CUC) and the Texas Municipal League. Many other county officials signed in favoring HJR 56 but did not testify.

County representatives testifying were:

  • TAC Vice President and Travis County Constable Bruce Elfant;
  • CJCAT President and Oldham County Judge Don Allred;
  • CUC Immediate Past Chair and Midland County Judge Mike Bradford;
  • Atascosa County Judge Diana Bautista;
  • Guadalupe County Judge Mike Wiggins;
  • Hopkins County Judge Chris Brown; and
  • Houston County Judge Lonnie Hunt

TAC has received resolutions supporting HJR 56 from 172 counties, and more have set it on their agendas during the next two weeks. If we do not have your county on the list, please e-mail officially passed copies to or fax to Elna Christopher at (512) 478-3573. Here is the sample resolution if your county has not yet passed it.